Hoang, who has herself been diagnosed with a form of autism spectrum disorder in line with Asperger’s Syndrome (which inspired her previous novel The Kiss Quotient), accomplishes somewhat of a tour de force in making us understand – and feel – both Khai’s and Esme’s perspectives. We know what information is being misinterpreted, and why these two people, who are evidently perfect for each other, also keep misreading each other. Hoang is an avid reader of romance novels, and it shows: she delivers a classic tale of will they/ won’t they, and the expertly handled chase between the two lovers is at times heartbreaking, at times frustrating, but always delightful. The novel is powered by several solid themes, too – not that the matters of the heart are inherently frivolous.
Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands
"To its credit, Dopeworld is nothing if not ambitious. Vorobyov states as much himself, describing it bombastically as ‘true crime, gonzo, social, historical memoir meets fucked up travel book’. That is a lot to cram in. If sometimes he drops the ball (the..."
— The Spectator