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The Heart Principle de Helen Hoang
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The Heart Principle (edició 2021)

de Helen Hoang (Autor)

Sèrie: The Kiss Quotient (3)

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Membre:Be.enigmatic
Títol:The Heart Principle
Autors:Helen Hoang (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2021), 352 pages
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The Heart Principle de Helen Hoang

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Helen Hoang is 3 for 3 with me. Her books are so personal and touching and broadening. She tells us something in each book about Asian families, and always very different Asian families but all steeped in the family members' experience as Chinese or Vietnamese people, and as Chinese-Americans or Vietnamese Americans. We meet people of varying economic class and educational attainment. And of course we meet people who are on the autism spectrum, in every book. Here we meet Anna, who like Hoang herself receives an autism diagnosis in her 20s which makes her rethink and better understand everything in her life to date. After a lifetime of masking, of acting as her study of other people tells her she should, Anna has the opportunity to remake herself That road though is not a straight one. Though in some ways her diagnosis and her understanding of her biology frees her in other ways it sucks the life out of her.

Certainly Hoang uses her personal experience as the foundation for all of her books. She claims in an author's note that this is her most autobiographical yet, and I wish that were not true because it is a book that has at its heart a lot of pain. Throughout this book Hoang relates the ways the world hurts us, and details how hard it is to demand what we need when the world rips it from us. Honestly if there were not a beautiful and generous slow-burn love story to let in a bit of light this book would be hard to read. In Hoang's last book, The Bride Test, there was personal pain, and glaring systemic injustice, but here the slings and arrows are more mundane, and at least for me more painful for their relatability. Anna struggles with the pressure to be perfect, the loss of anonymity when social media makes her a star, the slow undignified march to death of a parent, and the acceptance that a hateful human is going to remain toxic even if they are family. Quan struggles with a feeling of being looked down on by people with more money and more education (including, maybe, his girlfriend), a feeling of unmanliness after surgery and radiation for testicular cancer, the difficulty of rising and staying true to your values in the business world now that respect for and fairness to workers at every level is considered a weakness not a strength.

I have mentioned the love story only in passing, but it is a beautiful one. These two people who come together on Tinder for a one-night stand (her BF suddenly wants and open relationship, and Quan is reentering dating after losing a testicle and fertility to testicular cancer) find loving friendship, and then love. It is touching and gentle and slow and honest - perhaps the only honest relationship in Anna's life. Quan and Anna find one another beautiful, but the sex is limited because, well, Quan is feeling insecure about his scarred body and Anna's life is falling down around her feet, and also her masking has put her in a position where she really does not know how to like sex. Her journey to sex-positivity and pleasure is a lurching one with plenty of backsliding, and Quan is patient and respectful, and willing to take care of himself in the shower without complaint while the woman he loves gets her shit together so they can share in healthy physical intimacy that comes from mutual desire and not a feeling that she owes him anything. It is decent and loving and real.

I tore through this book, I loved it just as I did the first two in the series. My heart hurts, and my eyes are burning with unshed tears and I am spent in the best possible way. ( )
  Narshkite | Oct 23, 2021 |
The Heart Principle
The Kiss Quotient, Book 3

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

Media Type: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla via PPL
Dates Read: 9/23/21 - 9/25/21
Stars: 4.5 Stars
Narrator(s): Brian Nishii, Natalie Naudus

The Characters:

Anna Sun:
Quan Diep:
Michael Larson,

The Story:

My “reviews” have been crap lately so I’m falling back to form writing to try and vamp them up a bit.

Writing: Phenomenal. These characters were so real to me. I think this is the most emotion I’ve gotten about a story in quite some time. I was literally ready to fight for Anna. I’m so glad she found the support she deserves.
Forward Motion: Perfect. No dragging, no unnecessary repeating or extraneous details.
Overall Interest: I was glued.
Length of Reading Time: I kind of flew through this one.
Re-read-ability: This story is totally worth a re-read.

The Random Thoughts: ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Oct 18, 2021 |
I adored Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient and enjoyed The Bride Test. The Heart Principle is her third novel in the loosely linked romance fiction series.

On reading the Author’s Note, in which Hoang writes of her personal connection to the characters and events in The Heart Principle, any criticism of the novel risks seeming presumptuous and petty. And to be honest I have one or two issues with the story, including that this is not the ‘romance novel’ I was expecting.

The thing is, I’m not sure why that matters. I’ve never much cared for genre rules, and my own reading is fairly eclectic. In itself, I think The Heart Principle is a great read, but I definitely felt the gap between what I expected of the genre, and therefore the mood of the book, and what Hoang gives.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the romance here. The development of the relationship between the protagonists- Quan, who has appeared in previous novels, and Anna Sun, a violinist in the midst of a professional and personal crisis is swoony and steamy, and though of course it has its complications, there is a happy ever after ending for the couple. As a whole, however, the romance feels sidelined in favour of the serious challenges faced by Anna and her journey to overcome them.

Professionally, Anna is struggling with self doubt, and reluctantly seeing a therapist in an attempt to resolve it. When said therapist suggests her issue stems from a set of behaviours that indicates Anna is autistic, Anna is surprised, but recognises diagnostic traits in herself such her use of masking - imitating neurotypical behaviours to fit in. Anna’s family, who have always been critical of her, immediately rejects the notion, but any further exploration of the topic is shut down when Anna’s father is incapacitated by a stroke. Caring for her father, who will not recover, places Anna under an intolerable amount of pressure, and her subsequent meltdown results in estrangement from her family, and an emotional collapse.

I have nothing but praise for Hoang’s authentic, honest characterisation of Anna, and for the genuine depiction of her experiences, including autistic burnout and caregiving for an invalid family member, but there is also so much raw emotion, it makes for quite a harrowing read, and I found it a little overwhelming because I wasn’t expecting it.

So here is my recommendation, before you pick up The Heart Principle, throw out your expectations of genre and take this novel as it comes. It is sexy, heart-rending, intense and poignant. ( )
  shelleyraec | Sep 23, 2021 |
Anna has been stuck in her music and resorts to therapy. But the catalyst for change happens when her long-time boyfriend wants to see other women and Anna feels compelled to do the same. What follows is a journey of self discovery and the blessing it is to find people who accept you for who you are. Lovely! ( )
  tjsjohanna | Sep 8, 2021 |
If you were expecting The Heart Principle to be ‘just’ a romance novel featuring the mysterious Quan from Helen Hoang’s first two novels, be prepared for so much more. This is a heavy hitting emotional read on multiple fronts, including burnout, caring for loved ones and families who can be deeply uncaring.

The story introduces us to Anna, who became a YouTube sensation after a clumsy walk into a music stand revealed that she is a brilliant violinist. Now she has a record deal and music composed just for her, but she can’t practise without going in circles. To top it off, her boyfriend declares he wants an open relationship just to see what might be out there. Anna is used to hiding her emotions to please others, but this time she is angry. She’s going to find what’s out there too and that’s how she meets Quan. Quan has been through some bad times too, and they find solace in each other, both as friends and romantically. Quan is supportive of Anna where her family is not (truly, Anna’s family is just horrible to her – worse than Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters). He listens and respects her, and encourages her to share her feelings and speak out. But it’s difficult for Anna, particularly when tragedy strikes her family and her whole world changes. She’s not herself any more, but will she find the strength to speak her feelings to Quan and her family?

This is an intense read that deals with more than romance. The romance between Anna and Quan is a bumpy road, with the misunderstandings you would expect, but for reasons that hit harder – loyalty to family, body image and simply being unable to speak out. Grief is also a strong theme for Anna on multiple fronts – not being able to play her violin as she wanted, losing a loved one and not being able to voice her concerns, even to Quan. The caregiving scenes are particularly tough as Anna is caught between the wishes of her sister and her father with no one to turn to. There are of course some lighter scenes, such as Quan and Anna watching documentaries together and Anna’s palpable relief when her therapist suggests she is autistic. The relationship between Quan and Anna is more than just kissing but a deeply caring friendship.

The writing is brutally honest, and I commend Helen Hoang for writing with such clarity the good and bad of very tough times. She paints her characters without apology, from the horrible Julian and Priscilla to Quan and his vulnerabilities. I do love that this story was so much more than just a romantic relationship and really delves into other issues like carer burnout. I am here for whatever Helen chooses to write next – serious, sexy or otherwise.

Thank you to Allen and Unwin for the copy of this book. My review is honest.

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  birdsam0610 | Sep 1, 2021 |
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