Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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Title: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang

Format: Trade Paperback

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Number of Pages: 296

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

 

Synopsis:

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.

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Movies I’ve Watched During the Pandemic

To be perfectly honest, I don’t watch a lot of television shows as often as I did when I was a kid because I felt like there’s nothing good to watch anymore. All the cartoons and movies that I loved as a kid — they just didn’t make stuff like that anymore. Well, at least for me.

Of course, last year was different. With the pandemic going on, the quarantines, and the lockdowns, we were all stuck at home because it’s the best way to keep us all safe from the virus. We tried all sorts of things, there was this Dalgona coffee craze that every coffee lover out there tried (which I continuously failed at and gave up all together). In the middle of it all, it got boring and it felt like we’re missing a year of our lives at home, but it’s our best chance of keeping ourselves safe. So what else is there to do? Aside from turning to my books, I also turned to watching movies, series, and anime. It helped me kill time and keep my mind off things, so why not? Continue reading