The Bride Test

The Bride Test

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"Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but he doesn't experience big, important emotions like love and grief. Rather than believing he processes emotions differently due to being autistic, he concludes that he's defective and decides to avoid romantic relationships. So his mother, driven to desperation, takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect mail-order 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 to marry an American arises, she leaps at it, thinking that it 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 believes he can never return her affection. Esme must convince Khai that there is more than one way to love. And Khai must figure out the innerworkings of his heart before Esme goes home and is an ocean away"--
Publisher: New York : Jove, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780451490827
0451490827
Characteristics: x, 300 pages ;,21 cm.

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kwsmith
Sep 28, 2019

Esme is an uneducated young woman living in the slums outside a large city in Việt Nam. Khai is Michael's autistic cousin who was briefly mentioned in Hoang's earlier book, *The Kiss Quotient.* Since Khai doesn't know how to date California girls, his mother decides to import a proper wife for him from the old country. Hilarious romantic comedy ensues as Esme and Khai struggle to figure out their oddly forced relationship which eventually climaxes in graphic sex and provides an unforgettable classic romcom movie style ending. Using her own mother as a reference, Hoang carefully documents the experience of an uneducated young Vietnamese woman immigrating to the United States. If you enjoyed *Crazy Rich Asians*, you might want to give this awesome feel-good book a try!

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allysunsun24
Sep 25, 2019

I really loved Esme and Khai, Helen Hoang took the typical trope of mail-order bride and flipped it on it’s head. Khai, with all his hidden vulnerabilities and the belief that he can’t love. And Esme, strong and courageous willing to leave her family behind and try and find love and a better future for them. While these two might not seem ideal for each other they were perfect for each other, both willing to deal with and overcome the challenges thrown at them. Also have I mentioned that I love Khai? He’s seriously so perfect. From carrying Esme when she’s hurt, to helping her pursue her goals, he’s there for her throughout the novel even when he’s fighting his feelings.
The Bride Test was a great story, cute and heartwrenching and everything in between. I can’t wait to read more books by Helen Hoang.

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knradach
Aug 14, 2019

It was good, but didn't quite move me as much as Kiss Quotient. Definitely a solid, easy read.. but fell just a little short overall. I still love her witty (and often raunchy) descriptions of people, situations, etc.

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WoodneathKristie
Aug 11, 2019

Another very lovable #ownvoices romance from autistic author Helen Hoang, "The Bride Test" tells the story of a supporting character from "The Kiss Quotient"- Khai Diep- as he realizes that loving differently doesn't mean not loving at all. The female protagonist Esme, a richly-drawn tribute to the author's immigrant mother, is endearingly naive without being reduced to a stereotype. The trajectory of the story is obvious, but that doesn't keep it from being fun to follow. I especially appreciated the author's willingness to write a less-than-stellar first sexual encounter for the pair, and address the importance of mutual satisfaction in a realistic way. I hope Helen Hoang goes for a trilogy by writing a story about Khai's brother Quan, who was also first introduced in "Quotient", and evolved into a very interesting character in his own right in this book.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 10, 2019

This is a real tear jerker. Both a fantasy of coming to America and succeeding and a fantasy love story. BUT it is also a woman determined to succeed and a man determined to stay buried in the safety of his Autism. Way too much detail in the sex scenes, but otherwise a tender and touching story of people and their struggles. (I know, I've witnessed, how poor people are in SE Asia, but when the twenty-year-old girl who'd been working since she was old enough to help said the $3000 tuition was more than she had earned in her entire life, it still broke my heart.)
This is a quick read, maybe 5 hours.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

The Kiss Quotient set an impossibly high bar as one of my all-time favorite romance novels. I was ecstatic when I found out that Helen Hoang would be publishing another love story following a periphery character from her stunning debut.

The story, which follows Michael’s cousin Khai and the delightfully independent Esme, is undeniably sweet, but somehow lacked the same swoon-worthy quality that made the The Kiss Quotient so unforgettable. It’s hard to say exactly what it lacks, but it just doesn’t have “it”. The characters were likeable, and the plot was cutesy, but it felt to me like it was just running in a very predictable circle.

I appreciate that this romance is focused on somebody with autism, and if you read the first book, it was nice to see that Khai’s autism isn’t portrayed exactly the same as Stella’s. There is so much diversity on the spectrum, and it is refreshing to see this represented.

I hope this book is going to be part of a trilogy, and I suspect that if it is, the third book will focus on Khai’s brother, Quan. He is also a very likable character, and it would be great to follow his story next.

RomanceAddict Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "'The Bride Test' is very much a Cinderella story. It’s tender and so flippin’ sweet. As a book that I was really looking forward to since finishing 'The Kiss Quotient', it didn’t disappoint. Granted, there were more things that might bug some readers, but I loved this one even more than 'The Kiss Quotient'. I didn’t even think that was possible."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/the-bride-test-by-helen-hoang/

Tigard_LisaE Jul 18, 2019

In this sexy, funny, and feely novel, My has a much better understanding of herself than Khai, who has somehow convinced himself that he is incapable of love. His family knows better, however, and boundaries mean nothing to his mom who's pushy enough to select an eligible bride for her celibate son while she is traveling in Vietnam. To me the star of this novel of attraction and miscommunication is My, whose intelligence and authenticity (and, yes, beauty) disarms anyone who meets her. While it seems that marriage may be the only way My can change her life in ways that will benefit her family, especially her daughter, she finds other paths forward, and blows away everyone's limited expectations.

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writermala
Jul 11, 2019

This book has it all : Romance, Pathos, Comedy and Drama. My(Esme) unwittingly passes a bride test and heads to California from Vietnam; but the test has just begun. She is supposed to seduce Khai who suffers from Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She unwittingly falls in love with him and the rest is the story - definitely worth reading.

JessicaGma Jul 05, 2019

Helen Hoang has another hit on her hands with the tale of a Vietnamese woman brought over to marry an autistic man with the same background. But wait, it's never that simple, My is biracial and raising a daughter. Khai deeply believes he has no feelings whatsoever, so will never love as he's always messing up family events. It's a wonderful tale where both characters grow, learn a lot and take chances. I'll read anything she publishes

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