I wish I had had “Can I ask you a question?” years ago. There were important people in my life with whom I had trouble having a meaningful conversation. They are gone now and I have regrets. I realize this book would have opened up a whole new side of the relationship. Not only do I enjoy using this book with others but I find it interesting to reflect and have conversations with myself!
For all the interesting ideas Steven Levitt has brought to my life over the years, he has never given me anything even close to what Amanda has. This book turned my 9 year old daughter into a vibrant and talkative young lady at the dinner table, the polar opposite of the downtrodden curmudgeon she was before—barely grunting an acknowledgment to any of the sincerely interested questions her insufferably dull parents might have for her about her day. I joke, but this really was a great book to help our daughter come out of the Covid shell she’d built around herself. A hearty 5 stars from this Dad.
I really love this book. My wife and I, who have been together 14 years have been going through these questions on our nights out. I kind of thought I knew everything about her, but am finding myself constantly surprised by her answers.
The questions are really well thought through and thought provoking. A big thankyou for many hours of enjoyment and entertainment.
I brought this book to Books and Brews-- a discuss-whatever-you're-reading book club at our local brewery. We actually had to put it down and let someone else discuss their book because the random question I used as a demonstration got us into a long conversation. A week later, someone asked me if I had the book with me during a birthday celebration at the same brewery. 3 questions started hours of conversation that went from serious, to teary, to laughing loud enough to get dirty looks from other customers! It was a great time and I felt like I got to know good friends on a deeper level. I bought an extra copy to leave there and another for my daughter to take to college and break the ice during her freshman year.
For Thanksgiving, I put some of my favorite questions on pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. The ages at the table were 9-72. Everybody enjoyed answering the questions. The kids wanted more. It started a discussion at the table and everybody participated. It was a big hit. I liked that the kids were talking about more than saying school and soccer were good. I was a little unsure how people were going to respond but I have to tell you it was so nice to have conversations that were new and interesting. I will be doing it again next year.