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 break down those walls.
I’m super interested in psychology. And a good contemporary romance is definitely my thing. Honestly, this book was born from a perfect formula. But the one thing that really ruined it for me was the characters. I couldn’t stand Hildy. Yes, she was supposed to be quirky and awkward, but for me she was just annoying, stereotypically accident-prone, and unnecessarily rambly. And yes, Paul was that typical I-don’t-give-a-damn-about-anything kind of character, but seeing as I am a person who loves sarcasm, compared to Hildy, he actually felt like a breath of fresh air.
Another thing that made this story difficult to get through is the writing style. The blurb says that it is written in the language of “modern romance” and while I get that texting is a lot of socialization nowadays, I really couldn’t get a feel for the characters without narration, and I felt like the lack of narration hurt the story by making it harder for me to connect with the characters.
I still really like the plot, but to be honest because of the writing style I ended up skimming a lot of the story. If anything the plot is cliche – but I really don’t have anything against that. It was, sadly, the characters and the writing approach that didn’t do it for me.