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  • Girl loves Boy loves Girl

    4.5 stars I absolutely loved The Kiss Quotient and couldn't wait to get my hands on The Bride Test. Helen Hoang did not disappoint and I continue to be impressed by her incredible writing! Khai and My/Esme have a very unconventional meet cute and situation. Their motivations for agreeing to participate are vastly different, but what they find along the way is so uniquely beautiful. Often when a forced proximity trope is used, things come together really quickly and ignite right away. I loved that Hoang let Khai and Esme's relationship build very organically for their personalities. Both are adjusting and learning and it was hilarious (and heartbreaking) to watch them struggle and tackle new experiences. The slow burn build up was very gradual and Hoang kept things perfectly simmering before letting things boil over. There was so much sweetness in the inexperience and wonder that these two discovered. Tears were definitely shed as they confronted their feelings (or lack of) and I felt like the epilogue suited them perfectly. I truly loved Khai and Esme together, but the real star of the book for me was Esme. Esme grew so much throughout the book and I appreciated reading about such a strong and driven heroine. She is clawing at the ground trying to rise above her lot in life and I respected her so much. Reading the author's note at the end brought tears to my eyes because it was not only refreshing, but it also rang so true to my own family's experiences. I'm sure my own cultural background influenced the impact this book had on me, but I think the theme of being truly accepted and loved for who you are and the hope of the American dream will ring true for many. All I can say is thank you Helen Hoang for staying true to the story that you wanted to write and I can't wait for more! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*

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  • Bride test

    Charming & at times both hilarious and romantic. Agreat re

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  • Loved this book!

    My/Esme is a delightful character - strong and sweet and vulnerable and proud and determined and so much more. I'm glad that her Asian heritage never took a back seat but that it was never a source of alienation. I'm also glad for the happy ending. This book was so engaging. I had to force myself to put it down. Thank you Helen!

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  • Loved it!

    I found this story captivating and had a hard time putting it down. I lived seeing into the very souls of these characters and the story brought me to tears more than once. Filled with struggle, hope, loss, success.

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  • Quirky and Hilarious

    This is easily a 5-star book. I first found Helen Hoang through the Bookish First website, and I fell in love with the The Kiss Quotient. It was unique and honestly one of my favorite romances that I have read. When I first heard about The Bride Test, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I didn't even read the blurb. I just knew that Helen Hoang was a new one-click author for me. Needless to say, when I got the opportunity via NetGalley to read The Bride Test I jumped at the chance. The Bride Test brings some lovable characters from The Kiss Quotient and puts them into a new perspective. This book features Khai Diep, a character we briefly met in her last novel. Khai is such a well-written character, and I just loved Esme as well. Both Esme & Khai are well developed, and the chemistry was exciting and fun. What I love about Helen's books is that they feature characters with autism, but it doesn't define them. She puts so much thought and love into her books that it's hard to read a book after it. The plot was kept me fascinated, and it was unique to me. I loved the cultural aspects present in this book, and I liked how it all played out. This book is probably going to be one of my top books of the year, and it is one of my favorites that I have read.

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