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Love at Absolute Zero

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    With a fair amount of critical acclaim and a number of awards, I

    With a fair amount of critical acclaim and a number of awards, I had high expectations for Love at Absolute Zero. But even if the bar hadn’t been set quite so high, I’d still have been disappointed. The story moves so slowly, there aren’t enough really funny moments to make up for it and it’s almost completely devoid of any heat which seems to fit, considering the title. But after hearing how laugh-out-loud funny it is and that it had been a finalist and winner of numerous awards, I did expect more. I expected to at least smile a few times.

    In addition to being too slow, a jumble of events take place that don’t seem to really move the plot forward. I never really felt like Gunnar’s character evolved all that much as the story progressed. I kept waiting for the epiphany, that sudden realization of the thing he needed to do in order to overcome his flaw and finally get the girl of his dreams. Instead, his ideal girl seemed to be situationally-based. The girl he wanted was whichever one seemed to want him at the moment. So rather than Gunnar really taking control of the situation, he let the situation control his actions and his emotions.

    Gunnar is not particularly likeable. He’s awkward, which can be okay, but he lacks  the bumbling endearing qualities that normally accompany an awkward protagonist that we also love. I didn’t really care if Gunnar achieved his goal or not. I was pretty apathetic about him and the story by the end of the book.

    Bottom Line
    It wasn’t so bad that I didn’t want to finish it, but I can’t recommend it either. It plods along with less than likeable characters and never once made me laugh, despite its promises to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013


    I didn't love this book, it was just kinda...there. I liked Gunnar - adorably awkward, charming and clueless. For being 1000 pages I felt like the development was a bit choppy and the end was rushed. He got the girl so abruptly all I could think was - what about his sabbatical and guest position. It was just...odd. not a favorite

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Love At Absolute Zero

    Gunnar Gunderson just wants to find love. Being a physicist, he tries to do it scientifically. Will he find love this way? That's what he hopes to achieve. This is a boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-finds-hope love story, with a lot of science and laughter thrown in. Gunnar is a likable character and the story is enjoyable with bright moments and some sad ones thrown in. I did chuckle at times, so that means I enjoyed the book.

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