Author Archives: Jill and Brook



Jill and Brook

Credit: Samantha Okazaki
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6 Ways to Steal Our Date Ideas Without Buying the Book

We’ve been practicing clickbait headlines. How’d we do? Like any good clickbait, this post will sort of deliver on its promise: The Marriage Test has got a bunch of media coverage in the last few days and many of the stories have offered date descriptions–we won’t mention which outlet actually asked to publish all 40 dates on their website but… well, it was the Today Show....

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04 Feb 2016
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We would do ANYTHING for love?

BROOK: On a family vacation the week before starting college, I nearly drowned snorkeling. My mask broke in shallow water and I stood up in a bed of sea urchins. With each desperate step their needles filled my feet with unbearable pain; it got so bad that I couldn’t use my legs to kick. I held my mask with one hand, leaving me just one...

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01 Feb 2016
Launch party February 4 in NYC
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Launch party February 4 in NYC

Get ready for an interesting night… Thursday, February 4, we’re celebrating the publication of “The Marriage Test” with a highly interactive launch party. You and someone special (or you and a stranger, or you and someone you sort of know, or you and someone you’d like to know better) will have ten relationship building, Marriage Test-certified activities to choose from. You can care for a crying,...

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29 Jan 2016
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We basically didn’t sleep for a week

BROOK: We found a random alarm app and set it to ring three times between 11 P.M. and 8 A.M. We also put fourteen scraps of paper in a bowl, each slip describing a task we’d have to complete when the alarm went off during the night. It was our way of mimicking the exhausted stress of raising a newborn: never letting ourselves sleep for...

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28 Jan 2016
How we made “The Marriage Test”
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How we made “The Marriage Test”

One night a bunch of nights ago, we met up with friends at a bar on 14th Street in D.C. and told them our idea: We were going to build a series of dating challenges to decide if we were truly right for each other. Most of our crew that night were in similar life situations—seriously dating, open to marriage but unsure how their relationship...

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12 Jan 2016
Couples try the 40 dates. Wish them luck.
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Couples try the 40 dates. Wish them luck.

One of the main features of the blog here will be something we’re calling “Their Turn.” We’re inviting couples to try one of the 40 dates from “The Marriage Test” and share their experience. If you and yours are interested in taking a turn, start with our quasi-scientific “2-minute relationship quiz” which will suggest some dates to try. Then, once you’ve braved a date or...

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21 Sep 2015
We have a cover and publication date!
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We have a cover and publication date!

After two years of dating, writing and editing, we’re excited to share some publication details for “The Marriage Test.” Penguin/Berkley will release the book on February 2, 2016. There’s already an Amazon page… and a Barnes & Noble page. Artist Sarah Wilkins created the book cover, which we love. She even honored Jill’s request to give the woman curly hair. Brook didn’t ask for the...

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21 Sep 2015