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 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
ISBN: 9780451490827
0451490827
Branch Call Number: F HOA
Characteristics: x, 300 pages ; 21 cm

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tabata10
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.

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kiml00
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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Suellen1111
Nov 06, 2019

A fun read. Well written with believable dialogue, likeable characters and a solid plot. Interesting insight into the Vietnamese immigrant experience. Looking forward to Khai's older brother's, Quan's, story.

K_ROK Oct 22, 2019

I preferred the Kiss Quotient to this book, but I am also looking forward to Huang's 3rd installment putting Quan (Khai's older brother) in the spotlight with The Heart Principle. I appreciated the small cameo appearance of Michael in this book and I thought the story was very sweet. A fun light read with likable characters. Esme's character was like a breath of fresh air. Huang has a great voice when it comes to contemporary romance fiction and sucks you into this family's world of complicated love.

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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.

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