The Blonde Bookworm: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang -- Review

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang -- Review

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Title: The Bride Test 
Author: Helen Hoang 
Pages: 296
Publishing: May 7th 2019 by 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 have been looking forward to Hoang's next book since the second I finished reading The Kiss Quotient and she did not disappoint me with The Bride Test! The characters were a lot of fun and I loved learning about the differences in Vietnam and America. This novel was fast paced and constantly left me hanging at the end of each chapter. The characters were loveable and I kept finding myself thinking of them as friends instead of characters on a page. 

The Bride Test was un-put-downable and I ate up every last word. It was entertaining, thought provoking, and even had me feeling pretty emotional a time or two! I would highly recommend this novel to readers who loved The Kiss Quotient and readers who enjoy a good romantic comedy/contemporary read. It was so much fun! Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 4/5 


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