The Bride Test Review
Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
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.
Last year when I picked up The Kiss Quotient I had no idea what kind of impact it would have on me. I’m a cover reader, (yes, I know, but I can’t help it) so when I saw the cover I thought: Oh, cute cover. I’ll read that. And that was that. From the moment I started reading I was hooked and read it in what felt like a minute. When I finished The Kiss Quotient and realized there would be a sequel I was ecstatic! Then I realized I would have to wait an entire year to read it and then I was very un-ecstatic… However, my Fairy Publishers granted my wish and gifted me a copy of The Bride Test- THE book I wanted to read this year. The one I talked about constantly. The book I would give up all other books to read.
I read it in 3 days. I know that doesn’t sound like much but I worked 40+ hours this week and have an hour and half commute one way. So, to say the least I’m tired but I wouldn’t trade being tried for anything. You know why…? Because THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!! Good god!!!
I kid you not, even though I was dying to read this book I was a little nervous. As anyone would be. Sequels have a lot to live up to when you loved the first book, plus I didn’t think I could love this book as much as I loved The Kiss Quotient. I was wrong, if you’re wondering. I loved this book EVEN MORE than The Kiss Quotient. Which, honestly, I didn’t think that would be possible. But it is and I did!
I don’t even know how to go into this book without making this review AT LEAST 10 pages long and you all hating me for going on and on and on… like I have been….
The Bride Test had everything I absolutely loved in The Kiss Quotient only amplified. Khai is the character you just can’t help but love. He takes the whole “strong, silent type’ trope to entirely different and amazing level. I couldn’t help but ache for him and his confusion and frustration. It was so palatable!
And My! She is just everything. I loved and admired how she did not just sit back and let her fate be dictated for her. She took charge of her own life. She did not want to be the woman the people around her were trying to shape her to be and she fought back. She took the hard road and was happy to do it.
My and Khai together burned the pages. Their love was so real and intense and hard won. I truly don’t know which character I liked more. I usually have a clear winner but in this, I can’t decide. They both bring such different views to the table, with such different out looks on life, it feels impossible to choose.
And again, I have to point out how much I enjoyed, loved, relished reading a completely different cultural setting than what I’m used to. I was a Art History minor in college so everything I know about cultures steams from that starting point- which doesn’t always give you the best understanding of a culture and their way of life. Hoang has managed to capture Vietnam in a way I would have not known without reading The Bride Test (I’m not one for historical books that aren’t on cool women or mythology…) I’m not familiar with the Vietnamese culture- especially modern day Vietnam- so, reading a book that so heavily emphasis the culture was completely amazing to me. Reading this all encompassing romance does more than just give you a lovely romance to read. Hoang focuses on the hardships of people from all walks of life. How everyone has their misery, sorrow, adversity, dreams, hopes, and ambition that they bring to the table.
If you can only read one book this year, make it this one! It was funny, sweet, endearing, and so sexy! I have no power over if you do or not read this book but as you see The Bride Test pop up around you in May just think of me scowling at you if you don’t impulse buy it or jumping with glee as you buy it and start reading! Please, let imaginary me jump with glee in your mind!
P.S. If you’re interested in reading my review for The Kiss Quotient click here.
P.S.S. Thank you!!!!!!!! again to my wonderful Fairy Publishers for sending me an ARC of The Bride Test and a copy of The Kiss Quotient! You guys rock harder than Steven Tyler!