“Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but he doesn’t experience big, important emotions like love and grief. Rather than believing he processes emotions differently due to being autistic, he concludes that he’s defective and decides to avoid romantic relationships. So his mother, driven to desperation, takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect mail-order 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 to marry an American arises, she leaps at it, thinking that it 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 mostly only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who believes he can never return her affection.
Esme must convince Khai that there is more than one way to love. And Khai must figure out the inner workings of his heart before Esme goes home and is an ocean away.”
Helen Hoang wrote this novel with 296 pages filled with emotionally delightful entertainment. I love the author’s writing very much, you can check out her previous novel that I read and reviewed below:
The reason I mentioned that I love the author’s writing is because I started this novel Sunday mid day and finished it before I went to bed that night. Her writing always finds a way to capture me in and hold me until I must part ways or until the very last word inside the novel.
The journey of Esme starts out as a young potential immigrant looking to change her life and meet her unknown father. The synopsis acts like she leaped, jumped, ran into this opportunity without doubt or concern and that’s not true. At first she was not at all interested in the offer that Khai’s mom had given. With some time, advice, and a little clarification she decided to go to America and take a risk.
While in America she started working for Khai’s mother at her restaurant, as well started taking adult classes. She struggled to get Khai to open up to her, but when he did in his own way, the novel really opened up and the passion between them made the story irresistible to put down! Even if you have your own relationship filled with passion and excitement, their story makes you happy for them in an indescribable way.
As any great story though, this one has a share of heartbreak as well. There were times I was worried along with the characters. I was mad, happy, and sad at those times as well. You can really get into this novel and see the story unfold around you as you read it. I love this novel.
I may have waited too long to say this but I wouldn’t recommend it to minors. There is cuss words, almost vulgar language, and sexual matters throughout this novel. Parents I would recommend you read it first before allowing your young adults to read it and judge for yourself. However, adults, I would recommend this as a nice lazy evening read! You won’t regret it! It is truly a beautiful, heartwarming, touching “American story.”
I put “American story” like that for a reason. I don’t see America as “white” or racist. That may be how it seems these days but that’s not my America, that’s not the one I was taught to see or raised it. I see America differently and this story shows an immigrant who fights her way to become the best she can be through her own struggles and insecurities.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review. I hope you pick this novel up and check it out for yourself because it is fantastic and beautiful. If you’d like to check this novel out, The Kiss Quotient or Helen Hoang in general you can follow the link below, Thank you!