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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 mo
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Running Press Kids
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Sarah Joint
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jordan Harvey
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Here is my video review for an in-depth look at my thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6LQe...

I did not like this book. At all.
I thought the writing style was juvenile and failed to ground the characters and communicate genuine emotion and growth within them.
I thought the characters were flat, cliche, underdeveloped, and oftentimes unnecessary to the plot.
And finally, the plot was nearly non-existent, with little innovation and creativity.
A brilliant idea with a lot of potential, but th
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Diana
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
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 //

"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 uniqu
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Bruna Miranda
Jul 21, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: young-adult, ebook
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
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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 ...more
Tanya Tate
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.
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
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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
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Kristina Horner
Feb 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: did-not-finish
Got about 50 pages in before I realized I was skimming and finally decided to just not keep reading.
rachel ☾
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 stars

36 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; particularly the way tha
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catherine ♡
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Actual Rating: 1

Oh my god. This book had so much potential. So much. But in the end, it flopped terribly for me.

This book honestly has such an interesting synopsis. Two people meet during a university psychology study. One is doing it just because. And the other needs the money. The study requires them ask each other thirty-six questions, and maybe at the end, they'll see each other in a new light. But both Paul and Hildy are hiding something, and it'll take more than thirty-six questions to bre
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Hana Bilqisthi
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Eliza
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Shannon
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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Hristina
Actual rating: 2.5

I 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,
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Kat
Jun 07, 2017 added it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to enjoy this lovely treat by Vicki Grant. 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.
Rahma Abdelrahman
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wow, what a disappointing ending...
Scrill
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary
Hildy is doing it for the experience. Paul is doing it for the $40. When the two meet at a psychology study where all they had to do was ask a list of questions and answer honestly, Hildy and Paul didn’t expect the relationship they both desperately needed could be found in the other.

The Story-So this was pretty unique. Mostly told in the format of Q&A Hildy and Paul’s banter is pretty endearing. Unfortunately since the majority of it is in this format…it was like reading someone’s chat log >ent
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BookQueen
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jasmine ✨
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. It was such a cute and quick read. Some parts were slightly predictable, but it was a good book. Adorable
Lori
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, read-in-2017
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
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Valentina Markasović
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,
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Cass -  Words on Paper
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.
NMFN
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story about young love, Incredibly sweet and funny. My heart is full. Amazing
Jessica Macaulay
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Wendy
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marjorie
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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After a long and messy adolescence, Vicki Grant stumbled into writing. She worked her way up from 30-second ads to 30-minute television scripts to full-length novels. She's written sixteen young adult, middle-grade and high-low novels. Her most recent YA novel, 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You, has been published worldwide in over twenty territories.. Vicki lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia ...more

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