The Bride Test by Helen Hoang * Release Week Review *

Posted May 10, 2019 by Yesi in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang * Release Week Review *The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Also by this author: The Kiss Quotient
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on 2019
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780451490827

From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart...

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.

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Yesi’s Thoughts 

One of my most anticipated books of 2019 is finally out! The Bride Test, by author Helen Hoang, is the follow up novel to the insanely popular debut novel, The Kiss Quotient, which was one of my favorite books of 2018 by the way. While I can go on and on about The Kiss Quotient, my thoughts here are about The Bride Test. LOL. However, I will say this… my suggestion is that if you did read TKQ, do NOT compare, because The Bride Test all on its own is a great read with its  an interesting spin on romance.

The Bride Test is an unconventional contemporary romance, that once again brings Autism to the forefront. It is really hard not to fall in love with Khai and his quirky, sometimes dry, ways. This brings us to his and Esme’s story… a “mail order” bride of sorts with no actual “ordering” in the mix. We can thank Khai’s meddling mother for bringing them together, yet the love story is all their own.  While I did find it a little more difficult to connect to these characters, I really did enjoy the whirlwind that became their life. It was quirky, sweet, a bit frustrating at times, yet very satisfying in the end.

Helen Hoang has a gift for storytelling and her words are brought to life with each turn of the page.  The Bride Test is test gives you a unique version of the whole arranged marriage thing while at the same time letting you get to know the lives of two complete opposites who couldn’t be more perfect for each other. This is today’s contemporary romance!


“I chose her for you when I went to Việt Nam. You’ll like her. She’s perfect for you,” she said. 

“I don’t—You can’t—I—” He shook his head. “What?” 

“Yeah,” Quan said. “That was my reaction, too. She got you a mail-order bride from Vietnam, Khai.”

“Why do you say it so it sounds so bad? She’s not a ‘mail-order bride’. I met her in person.”

– Helen Hoang, The Bride Test



About Helen Hoang

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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