36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

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...

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  • Rachel Lightwood

    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

    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

    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.

    I think Grant definitely has solid potential.

    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.

  • Tanya

    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.

  • Diana

    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

  • ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens)

    // I received an ARC of this book on a read-to-review basis //

    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

    unique)

    // I received an ARC of this book on a read-to-review basis //

    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

    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.

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  • Bruna Miranda

    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.

  • Sophie Elaina

    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 Stars

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  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)

    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.

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    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.

  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    I thought this book was so cute! I'm very familiar with the study the book was based on, so I was really excited to pick it up and see how it was played out in book format. I read the book in one sitting, and really enjoyed it! It's a YA romance about two teens completing 36 questions with each other with the intention being a psychologist will study the results and see if they feel connected or attracted to each other after answering them all. What I will say is that the book is very predictabl

    I thought this book was so cute! I'm very familiar with the study the book was based on, so I was really excited to pick it up and see how it was played out in book format. I read the book in one sitting, and really enjoyed it! It's a YA romance about two teens completing 36 questions with each other with the intention being a psychologist will study the results and see if they feel connected or attracted to each other after answering them all. What I will say is that the book is very predictable. It's a typical girl-meets-boy story with lots and lots of misunderstandings until they eventually start to understand each other, etc etc etc. Despite the predictable plot (which is pretty much a given in this type of book) I found the story and characters enjoyable. There were some drawings throughout the book, which I really liked and thought was a nice touch!

    The one qualm I had was that there was a ton of build up to some bad event that happened in Hildy's life, and when it finally came to light at the end of the book, it seemed like there was going to be more resolution with that particular storyline, but the book ended and I felt like it was rather abrupt and that there could have been some more closure in that regard.

    Overall, if you're looking for a book that's light and cute and has a happy ending, this is the book for you!

  • Sarah Joint

    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 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.

    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.

    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,

    . I'll take care of it.

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