Pub Date 07 May 2019
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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.
“Hoang’s writing bursts from the page.”—Buzzfeed
“The Bride Test is positively delightful. I could not put it down. It's smart, honest, and achingly romantic, just as sexy as it is sweet. Helen Hoang has once again proven she is a vital voice in romance. Hoang is a true original and, as both a reader and a writer, I hope she's just getting started.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six
“Our desire to savor Helen’s writing is in direct competition with our desire to devour it. Helen Hoang is a master of building characters that feel relatable, love stories that feel universal, and family dynamics that make readers reach out to one another to linger in the sweet feeling of belonging.”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren