The Kiss Quotient — Helen Hoang

November 5, 2018

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

TITLE: The Kiss Quotient
AUTHOR: Helen Hoang
RELEASED: May 30th, 2018; Berkley
GENRE: Contemporary

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 crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. 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…


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 different make you perfect.”


Nah, I’m just playing with you guys—this book was everything I ever hoped it would be and more. Oh, my gosh, I cannot even describe how much I adored this book! I literally picked it up with the goal of reading a few chapters for my buddy read, and bam!, it was way past my bedtime and I was sitting here in some sort of shocked state, like, “How do I even follow up how freaking perfect that was?!”

She wasn’t broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her.

Seriously, The Kiss Quotient is worth every single ounce of hype it has received and so much more. The chemistry is on fire, the story is so fun and captivating, and these characters—you can’t help but love them. Stella is incredible. I loved being inside her head, and knowing that it’s own-voice autism rep, I wasn’t surprised by how much of what she said mirrored things my own autistic loved ones have shared with me (as well as feelings I myself have had, having strongly suspected that I am autistic for a very long time but never having sought out a diagnosis).

Michael was mint chocolate chip for her. She could try other flavors, but he’d always be her favorite.

While Stella is the star, Michael is honestly just as lovable and precious as she is. He’s this biracial Vietnamese/Swedish man, though the only family we meet of his is the Vietnamese side, and they are all so lovable and wonderful, even down to his obnoxious sisters. I loved every scene in his mother’s home, I loved his dedication to his mother and family in general, and I just cherished all of Michael’s motives and inner dialogue so much.

“I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time.”

Between the cuteness, the math, the fake dating trope done flawlessly, the steamy sweet moments, and the fantastic focus on consent… I honestly have nothing but good things to say about The Kiss Quotient. Instead of rambling on, I’ll just echo the tons of other people saying if you haven’t read this book, you need to! It’s wonderful, charming, sad, heavy, and sweet, all wrapped up into one emotional little bundle of romance, sex, and family.




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  • Reply Gingerbread November 5, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I’m so glad you read it and liked it! Helen Hoang has another book coming next year, can’t wait to get to it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 5, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      I know, I was sooo excited when I heard there was another book coming out! Now it just needs to hurry up and get here!

  • Reply amyriadofbooks November 5, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Omg, I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I totally understand being afraid to read books because of the hype but this book is totally worth all of it! Did you see this is going to be made into a movie, too? Ahhhhhh!

  • Reply jamsu November 5, 2018 at 11:38 am

    It sounds such a great read

  • Reply Victoria November 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Yay, so glad you loved this book! I read it earlier this year, and it is definitely one of my favorite books of all time now! I’ve read it twice already (oops), and know it’s a book I’ll always go back to when I need something lights and fun to read. Great review!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 5, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you, Victoria! It was so good, so I can’t blame you for already having reread it! 🙂

  • Reply Ari @ Books. Libraries. Also, cats. November 5, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Such a great review! I actually just read it two weeks ago. It’s totally not what I’d normally read (I almost never read outside of YA & MG) but I decided to try it after hearing so many great things, and I ended up actually really enjoying it!! I loved that it was Own Voices, and Stella was such a great protagonist. And I adored Michael!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you ended up liking it so much even though it was outside of your usual reads!

  • Reply ambsreads November 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I’m so glad you loved this one! Amazing review!

  • Reply Flavia November 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Yaaaaay for 5 stars! 😀 Now I wanna re-read it hahaha

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Haha I swear it was one of those rare books where I finished it and IMMEDIATELY wanted to start it over!

      • Reply Flavia November 6, 2018 at 11:13 am

        I know exactly what you mean! Ah! Yay!

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  • Reply Alyssa Cohen November 5, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you loved this book!! I really want to pick it up, so I think the next time I go to my local book store I’m going to purchase a copy! Great review as always!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much, love! It’s so good, so I really hope you get the chance to read it soon!

  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends November 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I’m so glad that you loved it! This is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

  • Reply Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1) November 7, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Aw! This book! I don’t think I’ve read a bad review of it yet — and rightly so, who can resists this cuteness??

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators November 7, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    That beginning had me scared for a second! I’m so glad you loved it! I think this is one of my favorite romance novels because how everything in this book felt absolutely perfect! I can’t wait for The Bride Test in January!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 8, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Haha I gotta keep you guys on your toes! 😉 Lmao but yeah, it was so amazing and I’m so excited for the sequel!!

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