Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Teaser Tuesday: 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant.

36 Questions
That Changed My Mind
About You – Hot Key Books

“You took Prince Charming by mistake.” Jeff raised his eyebrows. “Wonder what Dr. Freud would’ve said about that.”
— Chapter 1

“That’s the problem with parents. They keep turning out to be human.”
— Chapter 2

Gather round, it’s story time … A short one, I promise: In 2015 I read an article in some magazine about an old study that had something to do with questions and people getting to know each other so well that they might fall in love over this. I thought something along the lines of that’s interesting and would somehow be a good foundation for a book. And then I promptly forgot about it. End of story.
But no! (Because otherwise, I couldn’t possibly remember when I read that article.) Earlier this year I came across the announcement of this sweet little book and due to the title recalled the article (I’m linking to it here, in case you’re interested). Science, Love, and YA Literature, really the perfect mix to tackle this story foundation. There are quite a few things that could go wrong in this scenario no matter how great the idea because even with the best material and possibly the best intentions and craft in mind and at hand humans have a great capacity to make a mess of things. Not naming names and luckily this book also doesn’t fall into that category.
This could have been a sweet and fluffy read that would have been perfectly entertaining but not necessarily memorable. Could have been, but the author chose to add another twist and throw together not one but two onion-layer-characters, even though you wouldn’t quite expect one of them to be like that from the beginning. I quite liked that twist of almost being trope-y and then opening the whole thing up. (Could you be any vaguer? – Why yes, but I’m trying to interest you in a book here.) I really didn’t want this to end apart from wanting to get to the end of the list of questions and thus getting to know both protagonists even better. So I suppose the 36 questions definitely worked for me in that I fell in love with the characters a little. Does it work on the protagonists? Will they be brutally honest? Will there be tears? Running away? Coming back? Different means of communication? And radio silence? Secrets? And discoveries? Or flying fish? Well, maybe.
Scientific verdict: Great idea taken a step further and well-executed. I’d be very interested in a follow-up study, aka a next book, even if it’s just a check in with those characters. Maybe a sort of spin-off, cameo, companion thing?

Published study results or no, I’d like to know if this really works. But what if it does. What if it doesn’t? Both could be really awkward. I might be curious enough but most likely not brave enough. What do you think? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!


sjhigbee said...

Well you have triumphantly succeeded! I'm completely intrigued by this offering - thank you for sharing:)
My TT this week - a prescient mage in a bind...

Unknown said...

Sounds very intriguing!

Mine this week is middle grade fiction: https://wp.me/p3Nz8P-1IH

Unknown said...

Both of the teasers got my attention!

My TT from Ring In The Year With Murder

Laura said...

Good teasers! I especially liked the second one. My Teaser is from The Noticer by Andy Andrews.

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds intriguing. My book this week is The End of All Things by John Scalzi from my TBR mountain. Happy reading!

victoria grant said...

Sounds intriguing to me too - and I wrote it! Thanks for the lovely (and intriguing) review! Vicki

Nise' said...

Loved that second teaser!

sherry fundin said...

love the second teaser too
sherry @ fundinmental My TT

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