I am honestly not sure that anything I say here will add to the discourse around this book because every review I have read has summed up my own feelings so well. I will just put it out there.
I absolutely LOVE this book. I’ve read it at least 3 times since getting an ARC earlier in the year. The slow burn (which is not usually my favorite storyline) between Olive and Adam is truly amazing. From their very first true meeting where Olive relates some of her deepest fears about pursuing academia to their next meeting where Olive just lays a big kiss on Adam, their story develops at a great pace.
I readily admit, I love a hero who has been pining in secret for the heroine. It just does something wonderful to my brain and in this case, my brain was in overdrive. Adam very clearly wants to actually ask Olive on a date but he is also hesitant to let this unexpected opportunity pass by. Though we never get inside his head, this is a story where actions truly speak louder than words. Adam’s actions as he pursues Olive are romantic, sweet, and good.
Olive is also a great character! I love her friendships with her best friend, Anh, and her other best friend, Jeremy, who provide the social and emotional connection she has been missing in her life since the passing of her mom when she was younger. These two people are very important to Olive and their importance does not diminish as the story continues. They remain an important piece of her life. (I hate when friends fade into the background after the woman (or man really!) meets the romantic partner.) I admired her pursuit of her PhD also. It is a lot of work! I’ll be honest, I did not realize grad school was that difficult. (Getting my MLIS was pretty much a breeze in comparison to scientists!)
Adam stands up for Olive. Olive stands up for Adam. These two just fit together so well and Ali Hazelwood has cemented herself atop my favorite books of 2021 with The Love Hypothesis.
It is available now in e-format and as of this review, it is going through a second printing so print copies may be hard to come by right now.
Thank you to Berkley for the e-galley.