36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You
Inspired by the real psychology study popularized by the New York Times and its "Modern Love" column, this contemporary YA is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park. Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for joining the university psychology study that asks the simple question: Can love be engineered? The study consists of 36 questions, ranging from "What is your most terrible memory?" to "When did you last sing to yourself?" By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they've laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back and driven each other almost crazy. They've also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide. But have they fallen in love? Told in the language of modern romance—texting, Q&A, IM—and punctuated by Paul's sketches, this clever high-concept YA is full of humor and heart. As soon as you've finished reading, you'll be searching for your own stranger to ask the 36 questions. Maybe you'll even fall in love.

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You Details

Title36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You
Author
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherRunning Press
ISBN-139780762463183
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You Review

  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    Three stars for cuteness. I think it suffered from being an ARC. The drawings (and there are many) that will be included in the book were not present. I would have loved to see them, because they sounded hilarious! I don't read a lot of young adult, especially romance, so maybe it's par for the course, but I found it to be too predictable. It doesn't stray too far from the typical boy meets girl, they clash, then slowly begin to understand each other cliche. The awkward girl and the bad boy. I c Three stars for cuteness. I think it suffered from being an ARC. The drawings (and there are many) that will be included in the book were not present. I would have loved to see them, because they sounded hilarious! I don't read a lot of young adult, especially romance, so maybe it's par for the course, but I found it to be too predictable. It doesn't stray too far from the typical boy meets girl, they clash, then slowly begin to understand each other cliche. The awkward girl and the bad boy. I can imagine this story being more appealing to younger millennials.Hildy and Paul have never met before they're thrown together in a "36 Questions" experiment. In case you're not familiar, the questions are designed for two people to get to know each other in an accelerated manner. You reveal very personal thoughts and memories and get to know a stranger very intimately very quickly. Paul treats it as a joke at first, only having signed up to get the promised forty dollars. Hildy, who didn't even know she'd get paid, is understandably frustrated and wants to do the questions properly. She can't deny the young man sitting across from her is attractive and intriguing, but he's a pain in the butt.The experiment is derailed and looks like it's going to be a complete fail, but they pick things back up after they leave. A lot of the book is told interview style or through messaging. We get to know more about their lives and why they are the way they are as the book goes on. They both made judgments about each other that may or may not be way off. With 36 simple (and some not so simple) questions, could you fall in love?I'd recommend this to someone who wants something cute and light done in an original format.If you've already read this one, I have one thing to say you might identify with... for the love of all that is holy, GIVE ME THE FISH. I'll take care of it.I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Perseus Books, Running Press. Thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    So... a clumsy heroine who is shy and babbles a lot and is prone to accidents. Enter the proverbial bad guy who doens't give a damn and is full of himself. Follow into an interview between them from hell which makes you exit this book as fast as you can afraid this exchange is going to be the way the rest of the book is. Sorry, I guess this book wasn't for me, I got lost as soon as the clichés began entering :S
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  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I found the dialogue between Hildy and Paul to be extremely predictable. It was like blah, blah, joke, getting offended, blah, blah, presumption about personality/upbringing/past relationships. There were important things going on in the background, like Paul's trauma with his mother, but the only thing that was lingered on was the pair's supposed banter with one another that was all very one note. Not for me, but if you like fast reads with different formats (this being interrogation style) the I found the dialogue between Hildy and Paul to be extremely predictable. It was like blah, blah, joke, getting offended, blah, blah, presumption about personality/upbringing/past relationships. There were important things going on in the background, like Paul's trauma with his mother, but the only thing that was lingered on was the pair's supposed banter with one another that was all very one note. Not for me, but if you like fast reads with different formats (this being interrogation style) then I'm sure you'll find '36 Questions...' quirky and cute.
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  • Bruna Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    DNF 36% -I was really interested in the idea behind it, but I couldn't connect with the characters at all. I couldn't quite get the rhythm of the story and got really confused on where on the timeline I was (part of it was because of the format the ARC was sent with barely any structure, which made the reading a lot more complicated).It was really disappointing since I really liked the idea of a "falling in love method", but it turns out 36 questions is A LOT and it took forever for the characte DNF 36% -I was really interested in the idea behind it, but I couldn't connect with the characters at all. I couldn't quite get the rhythm of the story and got really confused on where on the timeline I was (part of it was because of the format the ARC was sent with barely any structure, which made the reading a lot more complicated).It was really disappointing since I really liked the idea of a "falling in love method", but it turns out 36 questions is A LOT and it took forever for the characters to actually communicate instead of bicker each other.
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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 28%Received from netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Great premise that I had my Psych Degree mind in full overdrive but with characters I'm not interested in after the second chapter. Also the potential of one the main characters being stereotyped into the typical thug and other stereotypes with different characters. So nope. Had potential but lost my interest very quickly.
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  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to be annoying and give this 3.3 stars.The Good, the bad and the fluffy mushy end.This very nearly ended up on my DNF pile simply because of the writing. Outside of the IMs and interview style set up that was used while they asked each other questions, I didn't like the sometimes first/third-person style that was used when Hildie was on her own or inside her head. It felt a little forced and very rough (even for an ARC). But having said that, when she was talking to her friends or Bob I'm going to be annoying and give this 3.3 stars.The Good, the bad and the fluffy mushy end.This very nearly ended up on my DNF pile simply because of the writing. Outside of the IMs and interview style set up that was used while they asked each other questions, I didn't like the sometimes first/third-person style that was used when Hildie was on her own or inside her head. It felt a little forced and very rough (even for an ARC). But having said that, when she was talking to her friends or Bob I sped through the pages and really enjoyed it, you just have to wait til around the 60% mark for it. And despite things not being resolved outside of the main romance, I did end up with the mushy feels for these two.
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  • ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens)
    January 1, 1970
    // I received an ARC of this book on a read-to-review basis // "Is there something you've dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?" This was a good book okay. Despite the bright colors in the cover there were some parts that also hit those deep moments. And the writing of the romance between the two MCs was very unique.It's just that, well. . . I'm not a fan of the writing style. It didn't grip me and the only thing that was keeping me going was the plot (it wasn't that unique) // I received an ARC of this book on a read-to-review basis // "Is there something you've dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?" This was a good book okay. Despite the bright colors in the cover there were some parts that also hit those deep moments. And the writing of the romance between the two MCs was very unique.It's just that, well. . . I'm not a fan of the writing style. It didn't grip me and the only thing that was keeping me going was the plot (it wasn't that unique).BUT what I really liked was the theme of this book as well as the characters in it. The characters were just lovable that I was okay with reading through the whole thing just because I loved the characters (I'm that kind of reader). The theme and the air of the book is also a bit refreshing and light and it worked out great for me when I was reading this book.The questions were too much if you ask me. Maybe abut 20 questions would have been okay?? But 36?! I think that's a tad bit too much. I have never been a fan of books that had too many "questions" or "reasons" for the book to happen and what not because when it is too much, the writing will also seem rushed. Sadly, this is also why happen in this book. For the first 26 questions it was still going great but for the last 10 or so that's when the writing started to feel rushed.The romance did seem pretty long and prolonged if you know what I mean? I actually wanted to see the two main characters interact more in real life rather than just fall in love but you know, that might just be me.Full Review:
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  • Rachel Lightwood
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You was a sweet contemporary romance which had the potential to be so much more. It was told in an interesting mixed media format that worked perfectly for the story. Online chat conversations can be so hard to translate into a novel format but Grant captured it perfectly. Obviously, the setout will - hopefully - be more visually pleasing in the finished edition but the structure really added an extra element to the story. The fact that space was 2.5 stars36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You was a sweet contemporary romance which had the potential to be so much more. It was told in an interesting mixed media format that worked perfectly for the story. Online chat conversations can be so hard to translate into a novel format but Grant captured it perfectly. Obviously, the setout will - hopefully - be more visually pleasing in the finished edition but the structure really added an extra element to the story. The fact that space was used to show the length of time it took for the person to respond gave that anxiety-inducing cascading dot dot dot I’m-currently-typing bubble thing to life. It also stripped back the story to focus exclusively on the conversation between the characters, which was what the social experiment was all about. I really enjoyed sitting back and letting the dialogue take control of the plot. It worked really well to relay the message of the experiment (and therefore, the larger story).My problem, then? The characters. I did not get as attached to them as I would have liked. I knew going into this story that these characters would be forming an attachment at a rapidly accelerated pace. I was prepared for a bit of instalove. I still expected to find the romance cutesy and shippable though… and I didn’t not really. I thought Hildy was a bit too intense. The lengths she went to find Paul/Bob was more creepy than romantic. I did sympathise with her emotional situation. The fact that she had never been in a proper relationship before - and was, therefore, questioning her sexuality, etc - was definitely relatable. It was just made out to be so utterly dramatic that it fell a little flat. I would have liked to see a bit more emotion or depth to those discussions, especially when she was talking to her friends about it. That is such a big part of the high school experience (from my own experiences) and I wish it had been given some more time and depth. Paul was a solid protagonist. He felt very authentic and down to earth, which was nice. I never quite connected to him, however. Maybe it was just the fact that his sense of humour was a tad off at moments? I liked that it made him seem like a more rounded out, realistic character but… I mean, asking a girl whether she is on her period because she has an ‘outburst’ - whether it was meant to be humorous or not - is just not cool. The more we got to know him, the more he definitely grew on me. He was a complex character with more to him than you initially realise. First impressions are hard to overcome though, and I just really would have liked an unlikely friendship to form between him and Hildy instead. The romance felt too forced. It was sweet but just… not enough. Overall?I think Grant definitely has solid potential. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You was a decent debut. It was well-written and structured, it just lacked the emotion needed to make it a truly memorable story. I wanted more from the characters and their relationship.Review copy provided by the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Sophie Elaina
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very interesting, especially in terms of the concept. To think just answering a few questions could lead to a proper relationship and completely change what you think about a person is almost unthinkable. But the progression of the book really showed how feelings can just pop up out of the blue and how certain interactions can lead to more.The book mainly follows Hildy and Paul, when they both decide to take part in a university psychology study, in which the main focus is to see w This book was very interesting, especially in terms of the concept. To think just answering a few questions could lead to a proper relationship and completely change what you think about a person is almost unthinkable. But the progression of the book really showed how feelings can just pop up out of the blue and how certain interactions can lead to more.The book mainly follows Hildy and Paul, when they both decide to take part in a university psychology study, in which the main focus is to see whether love can be engineered. Both of them have completely different reasons to why they agree to answer questions and join the study; Hildy actually knowing what the study is about and deciding to push herself out of her comfort zone and Paul only focused on the $40 he will make after taking part. However they are then paired together to answer the 36 questions. This was much more exciting and funny than I thought it would be. To be honest I was expecting a fluffy, only partially believable romance with not much depth but I didn't get that at all. It was interestingly different in terms of the way it is written, both in terms of the points of perspective and the structure in which the book is written. There was a lot of depth to the characters separately and they definitely stood apart from characters in other books. Often its hard to find authors whose protagonists really bring something different to the table but more recently I have been surprised by the character development and the progression of the romantic relationships in the contemporary genre. This book was no exception to that. I found Hildy very relatable and the author really did a great job painting a picture of her life without blurting everything out at the beginning of the book. Information was slowly uncovered throughout and I think that it worked well. That said, I did have a problem with certain family relationships not being explored more. I feel as though it could have added a lot of depth to the story and possibly given the plot what it was lacking and even upped it to a five star read. My main problem with the book was that it was too short. Some things only scratched the surface and I wanted to dive into that drama. I needed more interactions between Hildy and her family and friends. We didn't really get to see how everything was resolved. However I do give praise to the ending. I very much enjoyed the way it came to a close and it really made me smile.Back to the writing. The way in which it is written is a little jarring and took a bit to get used to in the beginning, however I don't feel like that was a bad thing; because I quickly got used to it and it was a great reading experience. I loved the humour, some of the dialog was really hilarious, I was in a literal fit of giggles at one point. I just couldn't believe the author had actually written some of the things she had. It was unfiltered, yet not too much so and the innuendos were fabulous.I however do wish we could have got more from the psychologist Jeff's perpective, perhaps after the end of the study, it would have been interesting to read. Although at the same time I feel like if we had, it would have made the relationship in which the protagonists had built seem a little less real and kind of cheep so I think I am kind of glad we didn't at the same time. Overall I thought the format was pretty weird however I really liked it at the same time and found it really quick to read. I enjoyed the way the idea was executed. The plot was very fast moving and the characters were well fleshed out, which made the progression of the relationship very exciting to read. It was a very enjoyable read and would definitely recommend picking it up and giving it a go.Thank you to Running Press for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4 StarsCheck out my website for more reviews and bookish posts: https://sophieelaina.wixsite.com/blog/
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  • Hana Bilqisthi
    January 1, 1970
    I study psychology so I knew that this is not the right way/potrayal to do experiment but I love Hildy and Paul so much 😍😍 The story is really character based and I love it. ✨✨
  • Andria Henry
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very cute read. I was searching for a good romance to read and I'm lucky I found this one. The characters were very realistic and I think that's one of the qualities that had me like the story so much. How Vicki Grant decided to extend the questions out for so long was genius and I'm so glad I read this.
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  • Eliza
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It was a book I wish had been around when I was a YA myself because I would identified with type-A Hildy and fallen in love with bad-boy Paul. The plot moves along at a good pace and the backstories well fleshed out. Most of the book is written in chat dialogue, which, although not being everyone's cup of tea, I felt very much fit the psychological test spirit of the book. I would definitely recommend for any teen (or adult) who has ever wondered if science and love are compat I loved this book! It was a book I wish had been around when I was a YA myself because I would identified with type-A Hildy and fallen in love with bad-boy Paul. The plot moves along at a good pace and the backstories well fleshed out. Most of the book is written in chat dialogue, which, although not being everyone's cup of tea, I felt very much fit the psychological test spirit of the book. I would definitely recommend for any teen (or adult) who has ever wondered if science and love are compatible!
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 2.5I requested this book because I loved the concept that’s presented in the summary. I’m not a huge fan of stories where the characters fall quickly in love, but I do feel a yearning for one every once in a while, they’re fun and quick to read.This book is quick to read, but not particularly fun the entire time. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, the characters are kind of mismatched to the point where they annoyed me, but after a while their interactions became better, Actual rating: 2.5I requested this book because I loved the concept that’s presented in the summary. I’m not a huge fan of stories where the characters fall quickly in love, but I do feel a yearning for one every once in a while, they’re fun and quick to read.This book is quick to read, but not particularly fun the entire time. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, the characters are kind of mismatched to the point where they annoyed me, but after a while their interactions became better, and I felt like I can finish it. The format is what this book has going for it, the plot is okay, but the characters make it hard to connect to the reading.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5"36 Questions..." is a YA contemporary romance novel that follows two teenagers who get paired together for a psychological study meant to facilitate relationships through a question-and-answer process. Including texts, emails, doodles, and "script" formatting, the book is visually entertaining and dynamic, and actually made for a very fast read. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. Normally YA contemporary romance isn't my genre, but the premise interested me. I enjo 3.5/5"36 Questions..." is a YA contemporary romance novel that follows two teenagers who get paired together for a psychological study meant to facilitate relationships through a question-and-answer process. Including texts, emails, doodles, and "script" formatting, the book is visually entertaining and dynamic, and actually made for a very fast read. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. Normally YA contemporary romance isn't my genre, but the premise interested me. I enjoyed both characters, thought they felt genuine, and generally believed the dialogue, which can really be so hard to capture. I also appreciated the subtleties in the author's writing. I could smell something amiss in Hildy's family early on, but I just couldn't piece it together fully. When the truth came out, I was genuinely surprised. I mean, I figured that (view spoiler)[ Hildy's mother had been or was having an affair with someone at work, but I didn't connect that he might have fathered Gabe. (hide spoiler)] It's usually pretty hard to surprise me, and I was fooled.I'm still pretty torn over whether or not I liked or disliked the scripted style that ran through most of the book:(Hildy: blahblahblah)(Paul: blahblah)(Hildy: haha! blahblah)It did make for a super fast read, cutting the story mostly down to the bare essentials, which was of course the budding relationship between the two. It was difficult to understand the nuances in their speech or their behaviors at times because we didn't get to actually read any of it, but the author did her best by showing us action through the dialogue (Rather than stating "Hildy blushed," we got "Paul: You should see the color of your neck right now"). A 3.5 is a good rating from me, but it's just not the type of book for me to "love." I will say it was one of the better YAs I've read recently, but because it didn't hit me at a much deeper level, I couldn't push it to a 4. It definitely had heart, and for some readers I can imagine it did hit them deeply at times, but just not so much for me.I received this ARC complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • BookQueen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HBG Canada for providing me with an ARC! The title of this book literally describes what is going to happen throughout this book. We have Hildy and Paul who both sign up for a psychological study to ask questions to each other. The goal of this study was to see if interpersonal connections can be built. Hildy and Paul come from different worlds. She lives with her parents and her brother and are quite well off. However, Paul lives alone and struggles with money. Even though they come f Thank you HBG Canada for providing me with an ARC! The title of this book literally describes what is going to happen throughout this book. We have Hildy and Paul who both sign up for a psychological study to ask questions to each other. The goal of this study was to see if interpersonal connections can be built. Hildy and Paul come from different worlds. She lives with her parents and her brother and are quite well off. However, Paul lives alone and struggles with money. Even though they come from different backgrounds, they both have issues that they are dealing with. Anyways, they start off in a room and it quickly turns ugly because Hildy loses her temper. I actually did laugh at that part and I don't want to spoil it so you gotta read it. So they continue their relationship outside of the actual study and slowly start falling for each other even though they are quite different. 36 Questions That Change My Mind About You by Vicki Grant was very well written. I enjoyed that we get some dialogue over chat messages and some was written like any normal book. I felt like I understood the characters and their problems. It was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to teens. Get your copy October 17!
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it. It was such a cute and quick read. Some parts were slightly predictable, but it was a good book. Adorable
  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I located this copy at ALA in Chicago and read it in one day. It's a good YA read--I like the characters. I can see this book turned into a movie. I hope there is a sequel.
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    Texting, Q&A, IM? Sounded promising! And the whole concept of asking 36 questions to someone and seeing whether or not a friendship was created? Well, that spoke to me as well. Not that I'll be using this in hopes of falling in love because I'm perfectly happy with my crazy boyfriend, haha.The book starts with Hildy proving to the whole world how clumsy she is. A clumsy, blabbering bundle of nerves. Big, giant nerves! It was heartwarming reading that, actually. I was immediately looking forw Texting, Q&A, IM? Sounded promising! And the whole concept of asking 36 questions to someone and seeing whether or not a friendship was created? Well, that spoke to me as well. Not that I'll be using this in hopes of falling in love because I'm perfectly happy with my crazy boyfriend, haha.The book starts with Hildy proving to the whole world how clumsy she is. A clumsy, blabbering bundle of nerves. Big, giant nerves! It was heartwarming reading that, actually. I was immediately looking forward to more of her - which is a good thing since she's one of the main characters, doh!Then in came Paul. He could not have been more different. I remember clearly that I grabbed my review-notebook and scrabbled "arrogant ass" next to his name. In bold letters too, yes. I did not like him one bit, haha.Luckily this changed as I checked off more and more questions. I actually started warming up to him as well!As far as the story goes... I really did enjoy it. I can imagine myself curling up on my armchair when it's snowing outside and rereading it completely, really.It has a good pace, doesn't go too fast. You can see how the connection between Hildy and Paul, their behavior towards one another changes, evolves.Honestly, this is a perfect example of how two people can end up in each other's lives without ever meaning to, all because of dumb luck and a well-timed psychology study. Add a dash of typical Hildy and Paul characteristics to that, and... Well, you'll just have to read to find out, won't you?Even though I absolutely loved the story and the characters, I was missing a bit more depth and feeling from Paul's side. For that, I'm giving this a 4,5 / 5.Want to discover what questions Hildy and Paul needed to answer? What their answers were? And why one of them ran away in the first place? Seriously, it's something worth finding out because it was quite hilarious!Kathy I received this copy through NetGalley. I am not being compensated for my review in any way. All opinions are entirely my own.
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  • Valentina Markasović
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Netgalley, for providing me with a free ARC copy of this novel!I'd first like to point out how quickly this book can be read - it's really rather simple in terms of writing style (which is not a bad thing) and the plot, although having a predictable outcome (also favorable trait, considering the genre), still has enough twists and turns to keep you interested and involved.The format is another thing I liked - some of the conversations were written in the form of texting, interviews, Thank you, Netgalley, for providing me with a free ARC copy of this novel!I'd first like to point out how quickly this book can be read - it's really rather simple in terms of writing style (which is not a bad thing) and the plot, although having a predictable outcome (also favorable trait, considering the genre), still has enough twists and turns to keep you interested and involved.The format is another thing I liked - some of the conversations were written in the form of texting, interviews, chatting. I do think I would have profited from reading this in the PDF format, which was also provided, instead of opting for my Kindle application, because I'm fairly certain my device robbed me of some content (upon checking, I see that I was right - the application didn't show the text message frames or the emoticons; however, I still don't see Paul's sketches that were promised, so I really hope they are included in some edition of the novel, instead of just being described in brackets).What bothered me were, unfortunately, the characters. They were one cliche packed on top of the other. The stereo-typicality of the two leads is openly made fun of in the novel itself - the heroine's privilege, bubbliness, sensitivity, and the hero's surliness and bad-boy vibe covering up for a tender soul inside. However, as you find out more about each of them, you realize they are more than the aforementioned labels (just like when you meet anyone in real life, too, I guess). And all would be well and good if not for the supporting cast - particularly Hildy's friends. There is a flamboyant gay friend and an orphaned Chinese, and neither really has a personality, except they are both boy-crazy.All in all, this is worth reading if you enjoy lighthearted, humorous YA novels with gems like this: We could all learn something from tropical fish. They're utterly useless and yet content.
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  • Jessica Macaulay
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the multimodal approach including traditional writing, internet messaging, texts, passed notes, as well as comics and images. The constant shifting between presentations kept me engaged, the pace fast, and really encapsulated the many ways in which (young) people are communicating with one another. Given that so much of the text was heavily dialogue dependent I found that my imagination was constantly engaged as I had to envision what was happening between the words. And my favourite mom I loved the multimodal approach including traditional writing, internet messaging, texts, passed notes, as well as comics and images. The constant shifting between presentations kept me engaged, the pace fast, and really encapsulated the many ways in which (young) people are communicating with one another. Given that so much of the text was heavily dialogue dependent I found that my imagination was constantly engaged as I had to envision what was happening between the words. And my favourite moment? “Did you just throw your fish at me?” Best opening ever.I really loved the don’t judge a book by it’s cover messaging that was prevalent throughout, as you never know what is going on in someone’s life. I grew to really love Hildy and Paul, but wish that some of the depth that was invested in the two main characters had extended to Hildy’s friends Max and Xiu. Although I really enjoyed Max because he pulled through when needed, I found myself wanting to punch Xiu through the pages. If that was the intent, then it was exceptionally well done. But, back to our main characters, I really enjoyed Paul’s insistence that certain facts about his person and his life weren’t sad. Acceptance and understanding without pity and derision can be hard to come by, and too many people don’t take the time to see past the events in someone’s life and actually take the time to get to know them. Using the experiment to explore this was a masterful idea, and I think that the story that came out of it was absolutely spot on.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Who’d have thought conversational Ping Pong could encourage spontaneous distraction – I’d only intended to sample a few pages but couldn’t resist devouring it all in one sitting! It's endlessly endearing and I loved it!The challenge of answering thirty-six relatively inoffensive questions, in this case by generally deflecting the answers with priceless retorts, caused more confusion and emotional displacement than was expected for two random participants of a psychological relationship study. It Who’d have thought conversational Ping Pong could encourage spontaneous distraction – I’d only intended to sample a few pages but couldn’t resist devouring it all in one sitting! It's endlessly endearing and I loved it!The challenge of answering thirty-six relatively inoffensive questions, in this case by generally deflecting the answers with priceless retorts, caused more confusion and emotional displacement than was expected for two random participants of a psychological relationship study. It might be purely for educational purposes but the effect is a hilarious, heart-warming spectacle – even aquatic life gets caught in the cross-fire!For me, adoring the rambling, grammatically correct Hildy (aka Betty) and the mysteriously indifferent, doodle-obsessed Paul (aka Bob) was as easy as 1,2,3 – which is the approximate number of questions it took before the ruthless abandonment of social graces began to stir.In an undemanding but effective way, the effervescent humour of the characters show even the most unlikely people have hidden depths that cannot be revealed until they allow their protective exteriors to crumble.I loved this how this story progressed, so much so I would happily read another book by this author tomorrow. And the quick doodles that appeared at intervals, courtesy the fictional Paul (Bob), adds to the layers of charm throughout.(My thanks to the Reader’s First website for providing a copy of this book, for which it’s a pleasure to offer this unbiased review.)
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  • Valerian70
    January 1, 1970
    Hilda, sorry Hildy, decides to sign up for a psychological experiment at the local university. When she finds out it is about "love" she stomps off, half destroying Jeff's office in the process. When she discovers that she has left the King Kong Puffer Fish in his office and has left with Jeff's Prince Charming Action Figure in hand she takes this as a sign that she should take part.Paul just wants the money. He doesn't care what the experiment is about, just so long as he gets his $40.Paired t Hilda, sorry Hildy, decides to sign up for a psychological experiment at the local university. When she finds out it is about "love" she stomps off, half destroying Jeff's office in the process. When she discovers that she has left the King Kong Puffer Fish in his office and has left with Jeff's Prince Charming Action Figure in hand she takes this as a sign that she should take part.Paul just wants the money. He doesn't care what the experiment is about, just so long as he gets his $40.Paired together this story tells the tale of "Bob & Betty" as they work through the 36 questions that are supposed to engender a relationship between them. Doesn't need to be love but friendship would suffice.Told in a quirky format with large chunks of the book being either conversation laid out in a script format or Skype communications. There is enough prose in to keep the story moving forward and to get us to understand Hildy's point of view. The author has definitely sent quite a reasonable proportion of time listening in on conversations as they are genuinely awkward, argumentative and funny as many are.I really enjoyed this book, it put a big smile on my face on a grey and chilly Friday afternoon.
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  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to enjoy this lovely treat by Vicki Grant. This was such a clever story concept, and I especially enjoyed the relationships that the author built between Hildy and her friends Xiu and Max. Those were warm, real, and fascinating to read. The structure of her family life also hit me in a strong and very visceral way. What a beautiful job Vicki Grant did crafting all these secondary story lines.For me, the romance between Paul and Hildy didn' Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to enjoy this lovely treat by Vicki Grant. This was such a clever story concept, and I especially enjoyed the relationships that the author built between Hildy and her friends Xiu and Max. Those were warm, real, and fascinating to read. The structure of her family life also hit me in a strong and very visceral way. What a beautiful job Vicki Grant did crafting all these secondary story lines.For me, the romance between Paul and Hildy didn't really work. I felt blindsided by how intrigued and attracted Hildy seemed to be to Paul, even after he was so abusive to her in their interview meeting. I wondered if this was on purpose... if she was perhaps patterned to be attracted to an abuser because of the terrible relationship modeled by her parents? But in any case, I could see no realistic chemistry between them, and that caused their scenes to fall flat for me, hence my overall lack of enjoyment of the story. 2/5 stars.
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  • buzylizzie
    January 1, 1970
    This romantic comedy for Young Adults was a fun read and despite being considerably older than the target readership (and being lost by one or two messaging terms) I really enjoyed it.The chalk and cheese lead characters, Hildy and Paul, who met as part of a psychology experiment, were realistic and likeable, and their smart and funny dialogue made me chuckle out loud. Some of the other characters were a bit more sketchy but still convincing, with the possible exceptions of Hildy's two best frie This romantic comedy for Young Adults was a fun read and despite being considerably older than the target readership (and being lost by one or two messaging terms) I really enjoyed it.The chalk and cheese lead characters, Hildy and Paul, who met as part of a psychology experiment, were realistic and likeable, and their smart and funny dialogue made me chuckle out loud. Some of the other characters were a bit more sketchy but still convincing, with the possible exceptions of Hildy's two best friends, who I felt were verging on stereotypes. The variety of formats used in the book, including dialogue and messaging, with some quirky illustrations, for the questions, was refreshing.While remaining mostly light-hearted and never preachy, I thought the book had some interesting things to say about families, the images we try to project and the need to go out and make mistakes if we are to achieve something worthwhile.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. It has been a long time since I have read a teen romance this good. The idea of a couple answering 36 questions to get to know each other is and perhaps fall in love is interesting. It cuts through a lot of the games and gets to the real heart of who a person is and what they hold dear. I can't wait to start selling this when it comes out.
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  • Cass - Words on Paper
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 47%. I enjoyed the first part of the book with the dialogue, but after that it's just become... boring. I do not care about this book anymore and I can't go on, I tried so hard but I'm done. The reason why I kept trying to push on was because I wanted to see the responses to the rest of the questions, but alas, it is not meant to be.
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  • Nella
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest book review.This modern love story is about two people who decide to take place in a university study based on 36 questions. These 36 questions are meant to get to know the stranger you are paired up with and supposedly make you fall in love with them. I had already heard about this study before reading this book, and I did think it was quite interesting, so upon seeing this book, I was very excited to see how everyt Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest book review.This modern love story is about two people who decide to take place in a university study based on 36 questions. These 36 questions are meant to get to know the stranger you are paired up with and supposedly make you fall in love with them. I had already heard about this study before reading this book, and I did think it was quite interesting, so upon seeing this book, I was very excited to see how everything would play out.Hildy is an eccentric, loud and sweet character, Paul on the other hand is sarcastic, uninterested and can't wait to be done with the study so he can just get paid. They get paired up and chaos happens.I adored this fun read, it was witty, and it had an unusual writing style. I also liked the secondary characters, and the backstory. Although it was somewhat predictable, I did enjoy it.
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  • Will A.
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I don't normally read YA books, but my little sister read it before me and couldn't stop talking about it, so I decided to see what she was going on about. I really enjoyed it. The characters were well formulated and the dialogue moved along smooth and naturally. It's a really interesting concept with the 36 questions too. Definitely worth checking out!
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  • Amanda Viser
    January 1, 1970
    I received this for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Eh. That one “word” completely summarizes my feelings throughout this entire book. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.The idea was absolutely adorable- based on a real study, random strangers would be matched based on age and sexuality. They would be given 36 questions to ask each other, and the point of the study was to see whether they would continue a relationship after the study was completed. They would als I received this for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Eh. That one “word” completely summarizes my feelings throughout this entire book. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.The idea was absolutely adorable- based on a real study, random strangers would be matched based on age and sexuality. They would be given 36 questions to ask each other, and the point of the study was to see whether they would continue a relationship after the study was completed. They would also be given fake names: Bob for men and Betty for women. For me, I think that storyline was the problem. The author wrote it in chat format, so name: for everything. It got very boring after a while. My other main complaint was the overuse of “she” and “he”. While I knew who the subject of the sentence was, once I noticed the excessiveness of those pronouns, especially instead of names, I was extremely annoyed. The only thing that saves 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You for one-star oblivion was the subplots. These were written beautifully (and not in chat format) and gave me more details about each characters’ personalities than the questions did. Once the characters stopped talking through IM, 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You was much more enjoyable, as long as I overlooked the pronoun issue.The novel was also slightly unrealistic. Being a teenager, I understand that most of my conversations are via my phone, but they are usually very superficial. I would not text any of my friends the answers to any of the more personal questions, let alone a complete stranger. I would meet them in person, where screenshots can’t exist. Overall, 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You earned two stars out of five. I would, however, still recommend this novel to readers who aren’t bothered by grammar and slightly unrealistic plots.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book sooo much. As soon as Hildy and Paul started asking each other the 36 questions as part of a psychology study I was 100% hooked. The style of the book is probably not for everyone given that probably 70-80% is pure dialogue (or instant messaging) but it really just worked for me. Good dialogue is probably what I enjoy most in a book so I don't mind if there are no descriptions, no musings on innermost thoughts or even much in the way of action. I get so much more out of a coupl I loved this book sooo much. As soon as Hildy and Paul started asking each other the 36 questions as part of a psychology study I was 100% hooked. The style of the book is probably not for everyone given that probably 70-80% is pure dialogue (or instant messaging) but it really just worked for me. Good dialogue is probably what I enjoy most in a book so I don't mind if there are no descriptions, no musings on innermost thoughts or even much in the way of action. I get so much more out of a couple of people having a chat and in this book it's done absolutely brilliantly. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much, the banter between the two of them was just so funny but very believable. There are a few darker moments but even they are almost instantly flipped to light.Hildy and Paul are perhaps a little cliched but honestly in what romance are there not cliches and I kind of feel like that they were more than the cliche was actually the point.There were only really a couple of things that niggled me about this book. Firstly, their ages. I didn't realise this was YA and spent forever trying to figure out how old they were (it turns out Hildy is 18). There were bits that just seemed a bit silly for those ages, Hildy swearing off love for the rest of her life for example (she's 18). I think this should maybe have been pushed to NA.I also wasn't keen on the bits that weren't part of the interview style. I kind of found myself skimming through them to get to the next question and honestly Hildy needs some new friends as Xiu and Max were horrible.Overall though really enjoyed it.I won a copy in a Readers First giveaway. This has in no way influenced my review.
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