The Kiss Quotient
Cosmopolitan's 33 Books to Get Excited About in 2018
It's high time for Stella Lane to settle down and find a husband - or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger's. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. To overcome her lack of dating experience,...more
On the bright side, however, at least it’s not a Percy Jackson movie.
I relish stories that give voices to cultures and experiences that are unfortunately too rarely represented on page or screen, so when I heard this book is an ownvoices story about a woman with Asperger's, I immediately added it to my TBR.
Although this novel isn't as winning as I expected it to be, there's certai ...more
The Kiss Quotient is a seriously sexy, fun book that has rekindled my interest in the romance genre. When it hits the spot, I LOVE a good romance, but I rarely find one that goes beyond cliches and instalove so I usually end up bored. Not with this one. Not one bit.
It's the perfect blend of sweet and steamy. And let me be clear: this is not YA. There's a lot of graphic sex scenes, though I should ...more
How lovely that this is an #ownvoices novel. Stella is autistic, as is the author, and so, no one can say that it is not authentic.
But the storyline is not, however, very realistic.
See, Stella is bad at sex, or so she says. She’s also bad at relationships and human interactions in general. So she hires Michael, an escort, to teach her a thing or two.
Or three. *suggestive eyebrows*
I was entertained for the first fifty or so pages, then I became tired of the sex talk. Do we rea ...more
This was my pick for the June 2018 Book of the Month box!
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”
Friends, The Kiss Quotient is so deserving of every ounce of hype it has received thus far. I am not sure I’ve ever been so happy, and had such a lame grin on my face, while reading any other book. This was heartwarming, beautiful, and a treat to read. Don’t sleep on ...more
There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding this novel and I would say, rightly so for one reason. With this story, Helen Hoang gives voice to a syndrome that until now has been absent in the romance genre. Through her cast of endearing characters, she explores the importance of self-acceptance and the desire we all have to find that one person who makes establishing an intimate relationship feel effortless. I just wish I had enjoyed the plot as much as ...more
- the autism rep
- the fact that while the author was researching said autism rep, she got diagnosed with autism
- this is #ownvoices for autism and asian rep! yay! cool inclusion of vietnamese culture!
- the female character is the moneymaker/works in STEM and the male character has less money/is a creative! employment gender role reversal.
things about this that were not very good, for me, personally, sorry:
- a woman getting f*cked out of some of her autism sy ...more
There isn't much better as a reader than finding a debut novel that you have zero expectations for, and it blowing you away. The Kiss Quotient did just that. Helen Hoang wrote a book that is smart, sexy, made me laugh, and gave me just the right amount of feels. There wasn't one thing I would change about this story or the characters. I loved everything about it!
Stella Lane is a thirty year old econometrician who is smart and successful, but lacking in one area of her life. Relatio ...more
Original read 5/2/18: I am a swooney mess, oh my LANTA. I haven’t swooned this hard since Joshua Templeman. My heart is so happy right now, I can’t even. WHAT A ROMANCE.
I want to hug this book. But since I don't have the physical copy of it yet, I'm going to have to be satisfied with hugging my kindle.
The story was even better the second time round. I remember the miscommunication bugging me when it happened the first time I read it. Now, I'm realising us humans do have a major issue with communicating because we're uncomfortable with being vulnerable.
I appreciated even more how unapologetic Stella became. H ...more
#1 The Kiss Quotient ★★★★★
#2 The Bride Test ★★★★☆
Sometimes, you hear so much hype for a book that you reach the point where you’re almost afraid to read it, because your hopes are so high that you just know, if it disappoints you even an iota, you’re going to be totally crushed… right? It’s the worst feeling and it can make it so hard to finally pick up that superlatively popular read, because nobody wants to be the only person who hates a book, right?
“All the things that make you diffe...more
It's like a hairstylist, you know? You think their families would constantly be able to get their ha ...more
The last time I enjoyed a romance novel this much was... hm, I think the word I am reaching for is NEVER. I am always looking for good love stories but rarely find them. This book scratched my romance itch just right. I pretty much loved it.
So the setup ...more
Even Sarah J. Maas recommends this book! Pls watch this video clip. :P
Attention please! This book is going to be a movie soon. OMG I can't wait to see Stella & Michael on the screen. 😍😍😍
For more info, pls read this article! ❤
One of the best books of 2018 and THIS BOOK IS A ...more
It almost reminded me of Lara Jean x Peter Kavinsky...with the fake dating. But grown up. And with a lot of sex. And he's an escort and she's an autistic and works in economics instead. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So um nothing alike but the FAKE DATING. It's a ...more
A real charmer!
Stella, an Econometrician, has intimacy issues, perhaps a symptom of her Asperger’s. With her mother growing impatient for grandchildren, and after absorbing an ugly comment, which took aim at Stella’s lack of sexual experience, she decides to hire a male escort to ‘teach’ her everything she needs to know about dating and sex.
Michael Phan has never had a client like Stella. She touches a part of him, he keeps barrica ...more
i think romance books have improved so much lately. its been quite wonderful to see romance stories with so much depth to them, beyond just two people in love/lust. not that the swoon-worthy parts arent great, but now i can actually say i read the books for the plot, and mean it. :P
what i really enjoyed about this book, specifically, was getting the opportunity to read from the perspective of ...more
To sum up my reading experience of The Kiss Quotient, I would have to say it’s like, not love.
I really wanted to love The Kiss Quotient. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. I think the hype ruined it for me, as I had mighty high expectations going into this.
25-year-old econometrician Stella has autism; she’s high functioning but has trouble with social skills and intimacy, amongst other issues. Her mother wants grandbabies and pressures her to date. But Stella does not enjoy dat ...more
If you haven’t read this charming book yet...
I’m completely mush over this debut.
Author Helen Hoang moved me to tears ...
( embarrassing to say how much)...
I found it so heartwarming- that even the word heartwarming isn’t big enough.
A love story .... that I loved!
this book was so excellent. like the blurb says, it's about a woman with autism who hires a male escort to help her with her own perceived social ineptitude. but honestly it's just a perfectly romantic story about two people who just really get and accept everything about each other.
what did i like: almost everything but here's an actual list
- stella had a typically masculine j ...more
f your looking for a romantic, sweet & very steamy (seriously this is definitely an ADULT book) please kick up #thekissquotient by @helenhoang
I fell in love with these characters and the plot and flew through
It in a day! So addicting! So romantic and swoonworthy!!
Also loved that our main character was autistic, we need more rep like that!
Would highly recommend!
Also again this is a very mature adult book so definitely a lot of adult times...if you catch my drift.
Huge thanks to ...more
Review & Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages.
All the things that make you different make you perfect.”
I am in love. The Kiss Quotient is a beautiful and realistic debut novel that breaks stereotypes, embraces uniqueness, and makes one think about their self-worth. It’s the kind of book that will make you smile, swoon, tear up, and think. I was on cloud nine when I finished it. It’s been a few days since I finished reading this book, and I’m still on a high! I haven’t read anythi ...more
Stella Lane was completely endearing. She is smart, driven and living with high-functioning Aspergers. She also has relationship and intimacy issues. How does one overcome those? With a master teacher of course. Enter Michael Phan. He is suave, sexually experienced and a male escort. Sound familiar? It definitely had a flipped Pretty Woman vibe and you know what - it totally worked!
Amidst their "lessons", Stella and Michael discover ...more
This book filled my heart and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did!
My cup runneth over. Thank you, Michael Phan. I love you.
Focus, Meg, focus!
Feeling pressure from her parents, Stella Lane, decides she needs help in the relationship department.
She's of a 'certain age' and they, especially her mom, are expecting things from her.
Stella, who has Asperger's, finds direct contact and intimacy extremely difficult.
She is hoping with some professional ...more
2.) The Bride Test ★★★★
THIS WAS THE BEST. Michael reminded me SO MUCH of my husband and the romance was killer omg everyone go read this!
“I don't want just a night or a week or a month with you.
I want you all the time.
I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”
- a developmental disorder characterized by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviors, and often, a narrow set of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities
Readers often criticize that there isn’t enough representation of certain charact ...more
For me, this book has everything going for it. It's dramatic, emotional, educational, complex, diverse, and hotter than sin.
This is an own voices romance with a female lead on the autism spectrum, and the entire plot setup revolves around her commitment to becoming better at sex. Because, for Stella, being touched by another human is a tricky, sometimes highly unenjoyable experience.
So what's a modern, successful, driven woman t ...more
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