Love at Absolute Zero is about Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old star physicist at the University of Wisconsin. The moment he’s given tenure at the university, he can think of only one thing: finding a wife. His research falters into what happens to matter near absolute zero (−459.67 °F), but he has an instant new plan. To meet his soul mate within three days—that’s what he wants and the time he can carve out—he will use the Scientific Method. Can Gunnar survive his quest?
5 STARSThis book is an exceptionally entertaining read with a uniquely unlikely and surprising protagonist. Highly recommended to anyone who has ever wanted to know what makes some relationships work so well while others seem destined to fall-apart leaving indelible scars.
I honestly was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. Once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down when it came time to cook dinner or take care of some other household chore. Gunnar Gunderson is a brilliant, geeky professor who just made tenure. He is a physicist almost totally wrapped up in his current research project. However, he is lonely and feels that his life is incomplete. Gunnar decides that he will find a woman perfect for him and in order to do so he will apply the scientific principle to his search. He has three days. Thus, the adventure begins.
In an effort to make himself more attractive he makes a series of bad decisions the results of which are hysterical in the short term. Socially inept, still, I admired his determination and fortitude as he attempted two sessions of speed dating. His experience there was laugh out-loud funny; yet, still I yearned for him to succeed, to somehow beat the odds. As his journey continued, Gunnar threw himself whole-heartedly into his quest. He learned some tough life lessons but even in his darkest hours he somehow held onto his basic optimism. He turned personal heartbreak and adversity into a last-minute object lesson at a scientific conference. I thought Gunnar was adorable in a totally clueless kind of way.