Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

36199084 (1)A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.

Book Review:

I don’t how to start reviewing this book. I mean – IT IS SO GOOD THAT I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN and it scares the hell out of me if I didn’t do this right. Like how the hell did I just picked this book, right now? The Kiss Quotient should be on my priority reads and I know for a fact that my last Helen Hoang book will not end here.

I wanted to talk about sex. Sex is primarily evident in this book and I like how Helen Hoang displays so much patience, vulnerability and more understanding of a romance with intercourse than just sex at all. Michael, the male portagonist in this book, is so understanding and even if it is portrayed fictitious, I know readers will have a basic knowledge about sexual intercourse – specially in Asian countries where sex and relationship is conservative topic where I, in fact, can relate since I’m from the Philippines.

This book is an adult fiction if you are going to check this out please keep in mind that this is not for young readers. The Kiss Quotient is undeniably amazing and a stunning novel, even. It portrays physical disabilities, accepting yourself, knowing your worth, being accepted are some of the factors that I liked about this book but what really got me is – this book is breaking stereotypes.

I don’t know if its just me but this book dwells in two people who wouldn’t thought they would fall for each other since everything in their set-up is about learning and self-exploration. I love how dependent Stella is and how she loves talking about her work. The drive and passion is in her character which makes me love her personality in this book. While on the other hand, we have Michael, that boy who escorted her and teach her things in bed because of Stella’s insecurity and anxiety about being a 30-year-old woman who doesn’t appreciate relationships.

(but that’s what I liked about Stella, for being a strong independent woman! Hello, Millenials!)

Back to Michael, he has a passion that is not evident in almost all male’s employment track but it intrigues how Helen Hoang crafted his character because I’m in awe and I would love to give her my respects for destroying stereotypes. Where it led me to a realization that it is right to go pursue your passion and there’s no right and wrong about it. Why do we even judge others? It is what they want and we have no opinions about their art.

I couldn’t thank Helen Hoang for writing this book because I really couldn’t put the book down. I was so lost in her book that I don’t want to end Stella and Michael’s story. I wish for more. I crave for more. I want more. I love how diverse this book with so much strong points where people can relate. I couldn’t get enough of them. Definitely not my last Helen Hoang book!


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17147855Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.


11 thoughts on “Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  1. i’m SO EXCITED to read this book! i bought it a few days ago and have been eyeing it every day as it sits on my bookshelf lol
    loved this review, it definitely motivated me to pick it up sooner 🙂


  2. I did like this book, too. I agree with your review about how the book breaks the stereotype about sex workers and people suffering from mental illness. And I love seeing a lot of YA readers (like you) enjoying it even if this is not their usual genre. I saw your tweet about your upcoming interview with the author, I’ll be watching out for that. 🙂


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