Release date: October 19th 2017 by Hot Key Books
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?”
I received an e-arc copy of the book by Bonnier Zaffre/ Hot Key Books, thanks a million!
I enjoyed the book, it was interesting, sweet and different teen’s novel. I found 36 questions exactly necessary to be asked to a complete stranger, 36 is at least a start. I read some other reviews about the book and opinions vary from other readers, that it was too boring and should have been only 18 or way less, however, I would say – no, 30 and something is somewhat to start with.
This is not just a simple, plain 36 questions to be asked and straight forward answers to be given, well, maybe that was the plan but for Paul and Hildy it was not the case. Hildy is bubbling girl, a little bit of an introvert and she tries very hard to make things work. She feels so bad about the issues at home and has no clue what more to expect and how to fix them. The day of an interview seems to be one of the worst day’s ever…everything gets out of control…have you had one of those? You might know what it means…however, Hildy is there and she is interested to find this experiment – how to ask and answer 36 questions and whats the outcome, can two strangers have somewhat feelings or not, or can they say “goodbye” and walk away never to see each other again?
Paul on the other hand really needs cash, and he spot this as an opportunity to earn 40 Dollars and that’s it, closed book. He’s here to earn money not to reveal his life or somewhat truth to matters that has no business to the questions and personal life.
So they meet and they ask questions….the topics easily gets to side topics and it seems difficult to keep the real ones in order, but they try and they talk. Paul is defensive and Hildy is like an open folder, although, through whole book the most important issue of WHAT HAPPENED is not revealed until the very last.
I found the book as a big puzzle of what is behind these two, rather normal looking teenagers, 36 questions – some are crazy, but holds something to let you know what’s the issues. The story also involves them both getting angry to each other, withdrawing from the conversation, leaving days/weeks between only to realize the questions are the only reasons to pursue the next meeting. The plot rolls around Hildy’s family and friends, as well as Paul’s, it also involve issues between them both, such as family secrets, pain/trauma, strong will and life as it is without predictions.
It was realistic, keeping in mind that not everything can be seen in “happy, happy” mode, it was in the middle a little bit confusing, because I was trying to guess what’s the big deal they both are trying to hide and are talking around, would have proffered somewhat sooner, BUT this gave the realistic consistence to the story.