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?
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*Thank you to the publisher, Running Press Kids, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
It’s not only the lovely cover and the catchy title that attracts me to this book but also the blurb. It sounds promising. Plus, it was on Read Now on NetGalley so it was really hard to just scroll past it. So, yeah, that’s how this book ended up on my NG shelf. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You was said to be inspired by the real psychology study from the New York Times. And while I am not familiar with it, I find the idea for the book, well, cute. It is about Hildy and Paul, who both volunteers to participate in the university’s psychology study that wants to know if love can be engineered between two strangers by simply answering 36 random questions. They both have their own reasons for taking part in the study. Paul, mainly because of the $40 he’ll get after completing the questions and Hildy, she has a much more complicated reason. The two can’t be more opposite of each other, with nothing in common, and yet they ended up being paired. But as they answer question after question and as much as they annoy each other, they also started to get to know and understand each other. So, can those 36 questions really make them fall in love?
This is a cute story that I’m pretty sure the younger me would love. The plot got a lot of potentials but just didn’t meet my expectation. An awkward clumsy girl meets bad boy. What follows is endless jabbing at each other that can be amusing at first but gets pretty old fast. The format of text messages exchange and Q & A makes this a quick read so that’s a plus. I guess it’s my fault then for even expecting highly. But that’s not to say I didn’t like it. In fact, it ended up okay despite me struggling at the beginning, finding it hard to stay focus as it failed to get my attention. The characters are okay, too, but I can’t really connect to either of them. There is a certain depth to both characters but it wasn’t explored much. Which is disappointing, especially since Paul got an intriguing background and could possibly tell a really interesting story and in turn would help the readers get to know him better. So, overall, I still find this lighthearted and sometimes funny romance an enjoyable read and will be giving it a 3 purple hearts rating.