36 Questions that Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
Published: October 2017
Source: NetGalley and the publisher, thank you lovely people!!
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36 questions guaranteed to make two strangers fall head over heels in love with each other? What’s not to like. A clever, wry, funny, rom-com. For fans of The Rosie Project.
Inspired by the real psychology study popularized by the New York Times and its “Modern Love” column, this contemporary YA/crossover is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park, Jo Jo Moyes, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Cecila Ahern.
Two random strangers. Thirty-six questions to make them fall in love.
Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for taking part in the psychology study (in Paul’s case it is the $40, in Hildy’s the reasons are significantly more complex). The study poses the simple question: Can love be engineered between two random strangers?
Hildy and Paul must ask each other 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 again. They’ve also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide.
But have they fallen in love?
I very rarely write a review for a book I didn’t like but for this I’m making an exception. I don’t know why I feel the need to say something about it. I’d normally just let it go but this time, I just can’t.
So in all honesty, I’m so disappointed about this book. The idea was fantastic, the story should have worked but it didn’t. It really didn’t. The cover is gorgeous as well.
I think it would have worked if they were adults, or if we were given clear details. I couldn’t grasp if Hildy was supposed to be 16 or 18, in high school or college/uni or… God knows what. She was naive, childish, self centred and I just didn’t like her. I really didn’t like her. I found her irritating and whiney, someone needed to tell her to sort it out. Paul didn’t set the page alight either to be fair but he was described as the extremely attractive man. Nope, didn’t feel it. I just found him grumpy, humourless, a tad annoying and a little stalkerish. Mind you, Hildy wasn’t any better on the stalking front either.
You get where I’m going with this review yet? I just think that there was an amazing amount of potential but it just didn’t live up to my silly high expectations.
There are maybe 2 or 3 things I did like about it, surprisingly. One of them was the layout of the story, what I mean is the way it was written when it was just Hildy and Paul. It was easy to keep track of who was who and what was being said. Another thing I liked was the actual idea of the story. 36 questions, that’s all it’s supposed to take but we learnt more about the characters in those 36 questions than we would have normally. Unfortunately, that is all I can think of what I liked about the book.
Overall, if it was written differently, or at least the characters were written differently, I think this book could have been something. I found it boring, slightly predictable and I really didn’t like the characters. Shame really as it really could have been an incredible story.