The Bride Test (Paperback)
May 2019 Indie Next List
“This follow-up to The Kiss Quotient is an incredibly diverse and fun story about Khai, Michael’s cousin from the previous novel. He is Vietnamese-American, autistic, and believes himself to be incapable of the emotions that matter. I would recommend this to those who enjoyed The Rosie Effect and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Hoang is making important waves, one sweet, sexy romance novel at a time.”
— Stephanie Csaszar, Books Around the Corner, Gresham, OR
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart...
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.
About the Author
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger's Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient.
Praise for The Bride Test
“With ‘The Bride Test,’ Hoang has once again shown readers the importance of representation in literature, while also creating a sexy, compassionate story about the power of love and the enduring American Dream.”—The Washington Post
“With serious moments offset by spot-on humor, this romance has broad appeal, and it will find a special place in the hearts of autistic people and those who love them.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The Bride Test is positively delightful....It's smart, honest, and achingly romantic, just as sexy as it is sweet.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six
“Helen Hoang is a master of building characters that feel relatable.”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren
“Prepare to fall in love all over again...The Bride Test is a charming love story that is equal parts sexy and sweet.”—PopSugar
“Refreshingly real.”—Marie Claire
“A stunning, superior romance.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A winning love story that gives a voice to underrepresented characters.”—Booklist
"From the author that rocked the lit world with her 2018 novel The Kiss Quotient, comes an equally addicting read that is perfect for summer."—Women's Health
"This new quirky, heartwarming romance will make you believe in love again."—Woman's Day
"Hoang's books are tenderly personal."—Entertainment Weekly
"Hoang writes sensitively about underrepresented characters, while balancing heavier themes with light, sweet humor."—PureWow
"A charming novel about the different forms that love can take."—New York Post
More Praise for Helen Hoang and The Kiss Quotient
“Hoang's writing has a sharp, quirky, emotional edge that will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to navigate the complicated world of modern relationships.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author
“Compulsively readable.”—Library Journal
“Hoang’s writing bursts from the page.”—Buzzfeed
“Hoang mixes sexy and tender with panache.”—NPR.org
“This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive.”—New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay
“The Kiss Quotient is the perfect balm for any reading slump and a wonderful palate cleanser for the summer. It also might just be the best book you read all year.”—Bookpage
“Hoang’s witty debut proves that feelings are greater than numbers, no matter how you add things up.”—People
“Hoang knocks it out of the park with this stellar debut.”—Publishers Weekly
“A riveting, compulsively readable romance that brims with feeling and warmth.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A vividly romantic tale filled with depth, humor and a universal sense of humanity.”—Emily Giffin
“Hoang writes Stella with insight and empathy.”—The New York Times Book Review
"Will leave you weak at the knees."—Entertainment Weekly