TITLE: The Bride Test
AUTHOR: Helen Hoang
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance
The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
I have been eagerly waiting for The Bride Test to release since reading The Kiss Quotient last year. I thoroughly enjoyed The Kiss Quotient and everything about Helen Hoang’s writing. Needless to say, I was really hoping I would love her second book just as much. Spoiler alert: I did!
The Bride Test follows Khai, who similar to Stella, is on the autism spectrum. His mother decides to travel to Vietnam in the hopes of finding him a wife. Enter Esme – a cleaning lady from Vietnam who travels to America to live with Khai for the summer.
I just adore all of these characters. Khai is just super adorable. He’s extremely intelligent and quirky but also really sweet. Esme is really enjoyable and I think her growing relationship with Khai is great to read.
This wouldn’t be a Helen Hoang book without a super steamy romance. While I do not think the romance flowed as nicely or as naturally as it did in The Kiss Quotient, I still loved it. It’s just written so well and constantly has you turning the page for more!
Helen Hoang carefully crafts beautiful stories that just leave you wanting more. I love the own voices representation and the way in which autism is shown differently in this book. I’ve worked with several students on the autism spectrum and it is such a range, that I think it was crucial to show how Khai is different from Stella.
I’m so happy I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Now I have to patiently wait for the next book to come out (which is going to be really hard)! I highly recommend reading this, especially if you loved The Kiss Quotient.
”She's not a 'mail order bride'. I met her in person.Favourite Quote
About The Author
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.
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