The Bride Test

Helen Hoang with Emily Woo Zeller (Narrator)

fiction contemporary romance
emotional lighthearted medium-paced

10 hours | first published 2019

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the pennyΓ but not important emotions, like love. His family knows betterΓ 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 canΓ t turn it down. Seducing Khai, however, doesnΓ t go as planned. SheΓ s hopelessly smitten with a man whoΓ s convinced he can never return her affection.

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lighthearted 72%
emotional 63%
hopeful 50%
funny 46%
inspiring 21%
relaxing 14%
reflective 9%
informative 4%
sad 4%
adventurous 2%
challenging 2%
dark 0%
mysterious 0%
tense 0%


medium 58%
fast 36%
slow 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 59% | A mix: 31% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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