"This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author

"Hoang's writing bursts from the page."--Buzzfeed

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 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...
June 5, 2018  |  336 pages
(Read from Dec 31, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018)
Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 100% Entertainment, 0% Literature
Tags:
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
After seeing this book hyped hither & yon as some sort of romance/mainstream crossover hit, I was surprised that it was a regular romance novel. Just, an extremely good one that is impossible not to love. Stella's autism is handled with realism & grace. Michael's large Vietnamese family is fleshed out well. And our protags fall in love in that spectacularly romance-y way where they find the person who loves them just as they are, & that love lets them become the best versions of themselves.  (+3 votes)