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36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You
Contributor(s): Grant, Vicki
ISBN: 076246318X     ISBN-13: 9780762463183
Publisher: Running Pr Book Pub
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
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Annotation: Inspired by the real-world psychology study popularized by the New York Times "Modern Love" column, the story of two students participating in a university psychology study about the potential of engineered love finds them bonding over their exercises, hiding painful secrets and wondering about the changing nature of their relationship.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Man-woman relationships; Fiction.
Questionnaires; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017042031
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.88 lbs) 288 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Vicki Grant has published fifteen critically acclaimed and award-winning novels in her native Canada. She is also an award-winning TV scriptwriter and advertising copywriter. Vicki lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Visit her at www.vickigrant.com


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Eighteen-year-olds Hildy and Paul are paired in an experiment (inspired by a real-life psychological study) that tests whether intimacy between strangers can be achieved through a series of questions. A predictable romance plot is made livelier through engaging formatting, including IMs, texts, and transcript-style dialogue. The pair's entertaining banter, while in ways revealing, only scratches the surface of the characters' painful home lives. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 August #4)

What if there were a scientific way to kick-start romance? A psychological study done in the 1990s (with the mood-killing title "The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness") is the jumping-off point for this rom-com, inspired by a writer who used the study's 36 increasingly personal questions to find love. (Her essay appeared in the "Modern Love" column in the New York Times and went viral.) Grant's romantic leads are stereotypical: Hildy is studious and clumsy, and Paul is a bad boy with a teardrop tattoo on his cheek. The novel begins with a researcher explaining that the study is being updated for the digital age, and Hildy and Paul go through the questions, which range from silly to sober, over several days instead of a single session. The story is written mostly in dialogue conveyed via text messages, emails, and images (not seen by PW), making for a fast-paced read. The mutual probing unearths some secrets and painful history, but the takeaway is a meet-cute story that offers lots of laughs and a message about looking past appearances to make a connection. Ages 13–up. Agent: Fiona Kenshole, Transatlantic Agency. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

Gr 9 Up—What do you do when you need money or you are simply looking for love? Join a college Psych survey and see firsthand if love can be engineered! Hildy and Paul, aka Betty and Bob, come from two different worlds with secrets they haven't shared with anyone. The undergrads sign up and get paid $40 by their local university for completeing a 36-question quiz to see if they will fall in love. Will "The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness" in the Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin bring them together? Hildy is an idealistic romantic and Paul is the jaded skeptic. The two college students attempt to answer the questionnaire via text, IM, email, and old-fashioned face-to-face Q&A. Yet family, snowstorms, and communication breakdowns could prevent this relationship from taking off. The novel implores readers to think about their own truths and uncover what really gets in the way of our own romances. This would make a great choice for teens seeking romance titles, or reluctant readers who are drawn to the novel's unique format. VERDICT A fun selection for romance fans that could find a place in most large YA collections.—Laura Dooley-Taylor, Lake Zurich Middle School North, IL

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.