MINI REVIEWS: THE BRIDE TEST | WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH | SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW

The Bride Test Cover.jpgTitle: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang 

Pages: 296

Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary

Format: Paperback 

Publication Date: 7th May 2019 

My Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Goodreads 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.

This was such a sweet story and I loved it. I’m not a huge romance reader but this book was an exception because it had Vietnamese representation and it’s something that I rarely ever see in novels. It’s such a fun read, but there are moments which made me sad and caused heart ache. I think this is such an important read, especially because Esme’s experiences reflect my family’s when they first arrived in Australia.

There is also representation for autism, which is own voices, and it was interesting and eye-opening to read about that and learn about it from the author’s perspective.

I loved the characters and they underwent character growth as the story progressed. Esme is such a hardworking girl, and Khai is a very caring person but often struggles to show it. I honestly just loved the relationships that Esme formed with Khai and his family, and I loved how she’s optimistic even when bad news cause her to be disappointed.

The book has a happy ending which I’m glad for because Khai and Esme deserves a happy ending. Though I feel the ending is a bit unrealistic and moved a pretty fast paced, where it’s not realistically possible. But it’s an overall fun and cute novel and I enjoyed it, despite not being a huge romance reader.


With The Fire On High Cover

Title: With The Fire On High

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Pages: 400

Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary

Format: Paperback 

Publication Date: 7th May 2019 

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads synopsis

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

I won this book in a giveaway, and if it weren’t for that, I’m not sure if I would have read it. But I’m so glad I picked it up because this book is amazing! I just loved how loving and devoted Emoni is as a mother, and also how much she strives to make her dreams a success, despite all the obstacles in the way. I actually got hungry reading this because EMONI IS A CHEF AND IS CONSTANTLY MAKING FOOD!

I loved the relationship Emoni had with her grandmother, how her grandmother wants her to learn for herself how to care for a child, but will also step in when need be. She was such a supportive and caring network for Emoni. There’s also a romance in here which I didn’t mind too much because I thought that the love interest was pretty supportive and respected Emoni, but the romance wasn’t a huge focus which is probably why I liked it haha.

This is also a pretty fast paced read, and I found myself flying through this and enjoying it so much. This is worth the hype in my opinion, and has made me want to read The Poet X.


Somewhere Only We Know CoverTitle: Somewhere Only We Know

Author: Maurene Goo

Pages: 320

Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary

Format: Paperback 

Publication Date: 7th May 2019 

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Goodreads synopsis

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

This was such a cute, fluffy read and is pretty quick too. I’m not a huge Kpop fan, but I didn’t mind the Kpop aspect of it and found that it was interesting to see what being a Kpop star is like and such.

Because this book is set in a span of four-ish days, the romance was pretty much insta-love, and therefore unrealistic. But that didn’t really stop me from enjoying the book. I found it fun and loved exploring Hong Kong with the main characters. Despite Jack’s initial bad intentions, he learns and grows as a character that it is not okay to invade the privacy of a celebrity, and I think that’s an important lesson because celebrities are humans too and deserve to not have to constantly look over their shoulders.


Overall, I definitely recommend checking these books out! Especially The Bride Test and With The Fire On High which were my favourite ones out of these three.

love-stephanie

 

 

 


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