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?
I got this book from a twitter book trade and I immediately put it to the top of my TBR, the cover already had drawn me in, and then I read the blurb and just had to read it straight away!
The story follows Hildy and Paul, who both volunteer to participate in a university psychology study, a student wants to find out if love can be engineered between two strangers by simply answering 36 random questions.
Hildy and Paul have their own reasons for taking part in the study. Paul wants the $40 he’ll get after completing the questions and Hildy, she has a much more complicated reason and feels obliged to complete it once she has signed up. The two can’t be more opposite, with seemingly nothing in common, and yet they end up being paired. But they start the questions, Paul being less than honest and Hildy getting annoyed at his vague and annoying answers. The questions abruptly end early with Hildy running out. But they do end up finding a way to complete the questions…
I adored it, it may have been more targeted toward a younger audience, but honestly I really loved it, it was so easy to read, it only took me 3-4 hours. I lived the concept and the way it was written with the questions but the story paragraphs in between.
It was your typical bad-boy meets good girl, both have hidden issues/problems, but I didn’t hate that, in fact I loved it, it was so well written and the story flowed, it made a really great read.
I loved both characters, Hildy was funny and cute, Paul was moody but sweet and funny too. However, I really disliked Xiu, one of the side characters, I don’t think I would be her friend.
It is a romance, but it does deal with some of the issues teens face (who are the target audience for this book, but that didn’t stop me) – peer pressure, how to deal with worries at home, social anxiety, awkwardness interacting with others that you might like romantically.
This was a real guilty pleasure read, I would highly recommend it if you maybe want some lighthearted and quite cute to read.