Helen Hoang is my new favorite author.
If a book is receiving too much hype, I usually end up disappointed. But this is not the case. The Kiss Quotient is awesome. I am not a fan of romances but this book is not only romance. It does not have the perfect first date, the love at the first sign. It is not a princess and prince story.
The relationship of Stella and Michael starts as a "business" arrangement but it gradually changes to friendship and beyond. By faking a relationship they end up liking the lie.
I highly enjoyed reading this book. I was always grinning. Moreover, I have never met someone with autism and this book helped me understand their world. As an economist that loves statistics and econometrics, I love Stella and her perspective on database. Her analyses of random behaviors toward income and profit is awesome.
“This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn't broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn't change the root of herself. At her core, she would always be autistic. People called it a disorder, but it didn't feel like one. To her, it was simply the way she was.”
I also love Michael. He is the ultimate boyfriend. He is extremely handsome. He is thoughtful. He is smart. He is sweet. He is protective. And maybe not all time an awesome trade, selfless. No misunderstanding... I hate selfish people but if your guy is an all-time selfless, he might losses himself in helping the others and a girl does not want someone lost.
Back to Michael. As I said, he is 100% the one.
“Everything about him pleased her. Not just his looks, but his patience and his kindness. He was good. He was an obsession waiting to happen.”
Overall, this is my favorite read of February. I loved this book from the first letter to the last. It brings an unique point of view reading other fictions. I wish there were more fictions this much refreshing. The Kiss Quotient was perfect.
“If you can’t stand being with a woman who’s more successful than you, then leave her alone. She’s better off without you. If you actually love her, then know the value of that love and make it a promise. That is the only thing she needs from you.”