Hello friends, happy Monday! In between packing, work, and emails, I’ve managed to zip through yet another non-academic novel that I thoroughly enjoyed!
The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang, dives into the world of Esme, a mixed Vietnamese country girl who is chosen by a mysterious woman to marry her American-Vietnamese son, Khai. Going to America to settle with a wealthy man would solve so many of Esme’s problems, including how she is going to give her young daughter a good life. The catch? Khai believes that, do to his autism, he is incapable of feeling love, and Esme only has one summer to convince him otherwise.
If you liked The Rose Project trilogy, you’ll love this book. It is very, very similar in the way that it approached autism, family relationships, and romance. With an added twist, the story has a mixed-race girl as the protagonist, and it’s actually set in Northern California, where I attended college!
The only qualm I had was that the ending felt a little rushed, particularly in regards to Esme’s academic journey, but overall this was an easy read that I think fondly of. In particular, I enjoyed that Helen Hoang is candid about her own mixed-race identity and autistic diagnosis, which I think adds a layer of depth to this novel and its characters.