Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Happy people don’t wear all black

When I saw Helen Hoang wrote another book, which made me curious whether she could actually write something less disgusting than The Kiss Quotient. She could not.

Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


Title & Author: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release date: May 7 2019
Series: The Kiss Quotient
Publisher: Berkley


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 give The Bride Test by Helen Hoang two out of five hearts because this was another digusting novel with senseless sex and superficial romance. There was one little up point, but that was all.

Esme is a lost single mom, because she had sex once, just like her mom, and now they are living with her grandmother in one room in Vietnam. She is offered to come to America to try and seduce the rich Khai for his mother. SEDUCE, I find it sick someone is interested in trying to seduce someone for money, it almost sounds like Esme lets herself be turned into a sex worker to give her daughter a better chance at life. This is sick and with this the acid already started to irritated the novel me already. Khai is so super traumatised by something that is unknown to the reader (until later) and also very much autistic or something similar. It annoyed me that his mother would not accept him for who he was. And don’t tell me that Esme and Khai do fall for each other in the end, because technically they don’t they settle for each other, they don’t deal with their issues, they just accept it.

The only thing I thought was cute was the side story line for Esme where she went to look for her American father, but it wasn’t too prominent.

Overall I think I am going to stop reading Helen Hoang, her writing is disgusting and I feel she is trying to bring autism to the mean stream public, but mistreating it. This is not how I think issues like these should be show to the public.

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