Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!

I read The Kiss Quotient series a little backwards. Though The Bride Test was the second book in the series, I actually read it last. Personally, it was my least favorite in the series. Still, I love Helen Hoang and her writing!

The Synopsis:

“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.”

Read This If You Love…

  • Asian culture
  • Enemies to lovers trope (I’m honestly unsure if I’d even classify it as such – read below)
  • A main character with autism

It wasn’t loneliness if it could be eradicated with work or a Netflix marathon or a good book. Real loneliness would stick with you all the time. Real loneliness would hurt you nonstop.”

My Review

I won’t lie to you all. I have mixed feelings about this book, which is why I give it three out of five paws.

I read this one after The Heart Principle and The Kiss Quotient, so I already knew Khai as a character and that he has autism. I’m just unsure about how I like how his family treated him and basically forced a woman upon him to get married. 

Which then enters Esme – whom I think is kind of a bland character despite all that she has been through in life.

I don’t know if I truly consider this an enemies to lovers trope. Khai is annoyed that Esme is now living with him and messing up his things and his routine. Can you honestly blame him?

Still, I think there is a very valuable lesson in this book that Khai learns: there are different ways to love and to show that love. Khai stated throughout the story that he doesn’t know how to love and he would never feel love. However, his actions showed differently and I think that’s important! Just because someone doesn’t outwardly say that they love someone doesn’t mean that they don’t. Some people show love in different ways.

Also, can I just say how much I love that Khai carries a book in his jacket pocket to events like weddings… and sneaks off to read? I’ve never related to something so much before… when I was younger, I’d often be the girl sitting in the corner at parties reading her book.

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