Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Publication date: 1 July 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
*Thank you to the publisher Allen and Unwin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
Hello friends! I know it’s been a while, but I am finally back with another book review! And it just so happens to be for a book I genuinely really enjoyed. This was the first book of Hoang’s that I have read as I am yet to read The Kiss Quotient. So I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but knew the hype about her books and writing was pretty big and I had only heard good things.
As you would have seen from my rating at the top of this post, the writing and book lived up to the hype for me. The first thing I loved about this book was the diversity and inclusivity. It was great getting to see an insight into another culture and the autism rep and the way Hoang portrayed living with autism exceeded my expectations. You see I was a tad worried about the autism rep to start with as I do have close family members who live with autism and so I wanted it to be done well and with heart. And I am pleased to see Hoang did exactly that!
This book managed to be both serious and funny. Because the story and the content seemed important but there was also humour mostly in the characters little personality quirks. I loved all of the characters in this book they each added something important to the story whether they were a lead or a side character. Each of them was easily disguisable from the other and I loved watching them develop and grow!
The only reason this wasn’t a five star read for me was because at times I found the pacing a little slow. Which with the amount of character growth that needed to happen and the journey the two main characters needed to go on isn’t all that surprising. Having said that the slower paced times still held a lot of emotion and importance to the story.
In conclusion, this story is one full of heart, humour, good representation and character growth. Hence my 4-star rating. With the last star not being given as I personally at the time of reading found some of the pacing slow which meant it took me longer to read.
Have you read this one yet or The Kiss Quotient? what did you think? What other diverse books with good representation should I check out? Until next time happy watching and reading!