TITLE:The Bride Test
AUTHOR: Helen Hoang
READ DATE: July 11, 2019 to July 28, 2019
RATING: ★★★★ // 4.25
I have a lot of feelings about this book and I don’t even know where to start. This book had be cheering on Esme and Khai and then turning around and wanting me to pull my hair out every single time one of them opened their mouth.
Things I loved:
- Esme. Don’t even get me started on this girl! I love her. I love her drive and will power to do anything she can to make a better life for herself and her family. She is strong-willed, determined, and refuses to let anything stop her from what she really wants.
- Khai. Ever since he showed up in The Kiss Quotient, I’ve been waiting to hear about his story. And let me tell you, this is did not disappoint at all. He’s different, and getting his POV on certain things and the way he thinks opened up a whole new level to him that otherwise would not have worked for this story.
- Arranged Marriage + Love Story. Hear me out, normally I wouldn’t go these kind of books, but the way that Hoang weaved out a love story in the midst of what felt like everything falling down around them.
- The representation If there is one thing that Hoang has nailed down it is representation in her novels. And I will not stop praising her for all of it. From the Vietnamese cultural to Khai being on the autistic spectrum. I don’t care what you say, Hoang is a pro at adding this stuff into her novels and making it seem normal for every day life.
- The build up. I’m not going to lie, there were plenty of moments I was waiting for Khai to make a move early on in the story. But it was the perfect build up to the story and the way it ends. Just to see how Khai opens up and allows the wall that he has built up around him to come crashing down and his emotions out is LITERALLY EVERYTHING.
- The ending. *chief’s kiss* That’s it. That’s all you need to know. It’s perfect and I love it so much.
Things I disliked:
- Some of Khai’s actions. I know he’s on the spectrum, but at the end of the day, his actions are still his actions. The motorcycle scene really stands out to me and I know he was worried and what not, but still. The only good thing is that Esme understand, but still didn’t let him walk all over her.
- Michael and Quan. This isn’t even a real dislike at all, cause I love both of them in this story. BUT BOTH OF THESE BOYS KNEW WHAT QUAN AND KHAI’S MOM WAS UP TOO AND STILL DID NOT INFORM KHAI OF THINGS UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE…smh…boys.
- The argument I know this was added in to cause “more conflict”, but I don’t know. It felt somewhat childish and a lack of communication between two people who had grown to understand each other. And I’m not saying that Esme didn’t act the way she should have, but at this point she knew about Khai being on the spectrum and how she HAD TO TELL him things in order for him to fix them.
If you’ve read The Bride Test, let me know your thoughts on it!