The Bride Test

The Bride Test

Book - 2019 | First edition
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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 inner workings of his heart before Esme goes home and is an ocean away"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2019
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE HOA PBK
Characteristics: x, 300 pages ;21 cm
ISBN: 9780451490827


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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.

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

JCLStefanieE Jun 26, 2019

After reading this second novel from Helen Hoang I will read ANYTHING she writes. Her delightfully well-drawn characters grow as their stories progress. The Bride Test is also in the realm of what I like to call Clever Candy Lit. This is not just some formulaic romance, it has soul and helps the reader to understand Vietnamese culture as well as give a look into Americanized Asian culture while still being a super fun read. I adored it!

DCLadults Jun 25, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Get swept away by a different kind of romance novel with diverse and adorable characters. An uneducated Vietnamese girl is brought to California to convince an autistic man to marry her. Sexy and funny.

Jun 24, 2019

Romance with a twist of nonconformity. The interest is in the process between an autistic man and a resident seeking Vietnamese woman. As in most romances the outcome is predetermined but enjoyable nevertheless.

Jun 12, 2019

similar to the kiss quotient, but without the element of surprise of one of the main characters being autistic. predictable but readable, if that makes sense. the third book will determine if the rule of diminishing returns applies.

Jun 11, 2019

4+ Stars

I really enjoy romances that feature an atypical hero. After having briefly met Khai in The Kiss Quotient, I was excited that The Bride Test was his story. Like The Kiss Quotient, the plot was fairly original. I loved getting Khai's POV and his fascinating view of people, emotions, and society in general. While Khai was often emotionally disconnected from the fray, it in turn made me feel more emotionally connected his character. He was beautifully written and his scenes were some of the best features in the story. On an opposite note, I had a harder time connecting to Esme, but no doubt understood her plight. Maybe a cultural thing, but she initially came across as manipulative, dishonest, and non-communicative when it mattered. My opinion did improve as the story progressed. The Bride Test was a slow-simmering romance that ended with a flourish of chaos, connection and a sweetly welcome HEA.

I will say I did want a little more at the end. I felt like the author left some threads hanging and I wanted those threads tied up nice and neat. Although they might not have been pertinent to the final romantic conclusion, they were definitely large factors in Esme's story. (ie. her father?)

May 28, 2019

I love romance and comedy however this book is too predictable and not captivating.

Groszerita May 22, 2019

Helen Hoang is a true writer! This book is romantic, funny, down to earth, and shows how a person with autism relates to the world around them.

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