The Heart Principle

The Heart Principle

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'You might be surprised by just how emotionally raw this one is. But if you're prepared for the journey, it's a great one.' Taylor Jenkins Reid on Goodreads

'I am a fan of Hoang's writing and this was a great novel ... A very affecting novel I found satisfying in every way.' Roxane Gay on Goodreads

A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected - and the man she enlists to help her - in this heartfelt romance.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself overwhelmed trying to live up to it. And when her boyfriend of five years announces that he wants an open relationship, a hurt and angry Anna decides to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

Enter tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second and their third - because being with Quan is about more than sex. But when tragedy strikes Anna's family, she takes on a role that threatens to destroy her. Now, Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but

'An absolutely stunning book, Helen Hoang is a genius!' NetGalley review

'Beautifully written and undeniably addictive ... profoundly moving' NetGalley review
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 247g
  • Corvus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9781838950804
  • 9,336

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An irresistible 'opposites attract' romcom with enough layers to give it real depth. * Red Magazine * I am a fan of Hoang's writing and this was a great novel ... A very affecting novel I found satisfying in every way. * Roxane Gay on Goodreads * You might be surprised by just how emotionally raw this one is. But if you're prepared for the journey, it's a great one. * Taylor Jenkins Reid on Goodreads * The Heart Principle is riveting the whole way through, exploring a complex range of subjects in unique and interesting ways. Anna and Quan are an exciting, dynamic pair, their chemistry palpable as they fall deeper and deeper in love. * Independent * The Heart Principle wears its heart on its sleeve ... Hoang's writing breathes with the kind of kinetic power and acceptance that feel freeing because she lets her characters fully realize themselves - even when those around them can't. -- Kamrun Nesa * NPR * [A] sensitive love story * Publishers Weekly * A delightful, addictive romance made for summer reading ... but it's also a poignant reminder of the power of (self-)acceptance and the very real dangers of the expectations we place on other people. * Apple Books Review * Page-turning and pulsating, this is a (sexy) modern love story that's more than your average boy-meets-girl -- Julie Vuong * LoveReading * Powerful and empowering * NetGalley review * Hot, sweet, sad, deeply personal * Goodreads review * Best romance of the year. And the best book Helen Hoang has written! * Goodreads review * Such a fun read... Original and sexy and sensitive. * Roxane Gay on The Kiss Quotient * Smart, honest, and achingly romantic, just as sexy as it is sweet. * Taylor Jenkins Reid on The Bride Test * AWESOME. Adorable, sexy, smart. Exactly the book I wanted to read! * Christina Lauren, author of Love and Other Words, on The Kiss Quotient * [Hoang] has truly found her voice - an important, entertaining, skilful voice at that. * Independent Online on The Bride Test * It's one of the best books I've read in a very long time. It's funny, sad, poignant and impossible to put down. * Christine Feehan, author of Dark Promises on The Kiss Quotient * With serious moments offset by spot-on humor, this romance has broad appeal, and it will find a special place in the hearts of autistic people and those who love them. * Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on The Bride Test *
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About Helen Hoang

Helen Hoang is the author of The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test - both of which were lauded by Cosmopolitan, Elle and Goodreads. In 2016, she was formally diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She currently lives in California with her husband, two kids and a pet fish.
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Rating details

4,146 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 49% (2,036)
4 36% (1,477)
3 12% (512)
2 2% (82)
1 1% (39)
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