The Bride Test

The Bride Test

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Khai Diep has no feelings. Well he can't feel big emotions like love. He thinks he's defective. His mum knows that his autism means he just processes emotions differently, and goes to Vietnam to find him a wife. As a mixed race girl living in Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place, so when the chance to travel to America to find a husband arises she jumps on it. And though she finds herself falling for the man, he says he can never return her affections. With Esme's time in the US running out, Khai is forced to learn he's been wrong and that there's more than one way to love.
Publisher: New York : Jove, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780451490827
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE HOANG H
Characteristics: x, 300 pages ; 21 cm


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LPL_LaurenT Jan 18, 2021

I soured a long time ago on Cinderella retellings. The class and power dynamic really bugs me now, but The Bride Test by Helen Hoang really set it on its head and made me hope again. Khai is brilliant, beautiful and autistic... so not the best with women. When his mom is on a business trip in Vie... Read More »

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Nov 12, 2020

Recc by Roxanne Gay. Comfort reading. "A romance novel that happens to be about neuroatypical people. This shouldn’t be remarkable but it is. Helen Hoang is a great storyteller. She creates characters with depth. This is such a satisfying read and I love going back to it."

Nov 10, 2020

Ugh. Not for me. I like an occasional romance but this was way to fluffy and unrealistic.
I made it to the end with lots of eye rolls.

Oct 27, 2020

Just as in her previous book, "The Kiss Quotient", Hoang does a remarkable job of writing from the viewpoint of someone with Aspergers--this time from a male's perspective. The storyline is good, though heavy on the female empowerment theme, and (just as in the previous book) the author is liberal with personal, erotic details of the couple's intimacy.

JCLAnneG Sep 16, 2020

This is a great book. I usually stay away from romances, but having both the author and the protagonist Khai talk about their Autism/Aspergers - as a fellow Aspie myself I was glad to see this. And the take of the Vietnamese immigrant to CA was perfectly done. I was crying when I closed the book, and very happy for Esme/My.

Sep 15, 2020

Cleaning hotel bathrooms isn't glamorous, but it's just a job for Mý, a single mother in Ho Chi Minh City. When an ex-pat hotel guest suddenly descends upon her and invites her to America to marry her son, Mý is naturally dubious and yet hopeful that this could be an opportunity to improve her life and those of her daughter, mother and grandmother. In San Francisco, Khai has no interest in marrying, despite his mother's intentions. He isn't lonely – just alone – and his orderly life is already just as he wants it. He agrees to tolerate the woman his mother has dragged back from Vietnam for the summer.

I selected this book to fulfill the category "a romance starring a single parent," and it did not disappoint! I like this new trend of "smart" romances, which don't rely on many of the often unbelievable and maddening tropes found traditionally in romance novels. I'd also recommend 'The Kiss Quotient' by the same author.

Jul 14, 2020

“There is no flu going around. It’s the summer.” Escapist literature at its finest.

Apr 27, 2020

I absolutely love the characters Helen Hoang creates. I found myself laughing out loud at times while reading this book. I really enjoy reading about the famiily's culture and their family dynamic. I love that Kai's Autism was written about realistically and with respect, but I also love that his Autistic traits were not just a repeat of Stella's from The Kiss Quotient. Reading about Kai's quest to feel something was very interesting to me. The Kiss Quotient is a hard act to follow, but this book does a great job. I look forward to reading about Quan's story next. Overall, The Bride Test is a steamy, sexy, as well as sweet, read.

Feb 28, 2020

I definitely enjoyed this read. It was exactly what you want in a rom com and it made me laugh out loud. It was a light enjoyable read that you just didn’t want to end. I enjoyed the added plot layers of Khai’s autism (and how he perceived things) and how it was based on Asian culture and family values. I have already put a hold on “The Kiss Quotient” from Helen Hoang and look forward to reading it.

Nov 25, 2019

I read this book through the Choice Read option at KCLS. I didn’t like this book as much as The Kiss Quotient. It could be because I’m not a fan of Esme. She seems unrealistic (yes I know I’m reading a fiction book) and has a split personality with her different decisions. I love Khai Diep and his family. They made me laugh out loud. I can’t wait for the next book to read about Quan’s story.
Some people think that because KD is autist that it’s wrong for his mom to try to control his life. This could be a misunderstanding. Doesn’t matter if you’re autistic or not, Asian parents like to to get into their children’s business, at least mine does.

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 13, 2019

The chemistry between Khai and Esme was pretty different to the first book with Stella and Michael. It’s definitely frustrating seeing two characters that should be together not being together or watching them screw it up or delay themselves but that’s also part of the charm of these stories when you’re rooting for them and just hoping they can overcome their differences to get to a level ground. I really enjoyed reading about Esme coming to America and seeing how her day-to-day life differed from Khai’s Americanized lifestyle. As well as the entertaining factor of Khai having a new person in his home and just generally upsetting the perfect balance he had created.

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