Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians #1

Total Pages: 403

Goodreads Synopsis:Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.”

Review: I finally read Crazy Rich Asians and no I haven’t watched the movie yet. I’ll be honest, the movie trailer looked cute but it wasn’t until a coworker mentioned the story to me that I decided to try and actually read it.

This was not at all what I was expecting. Some of the characters were just so mean! It wasn’t really until the end of the story that I was fully vested and wanted to know what happened. I also didn’t find this story comical at all, I mean, everything you read said how funny it would be etc..and I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I smiled at all through the story never mind laughed out loud. Is that really how people act depending on class? Is that what’s supposed to be funny or was I just supposed to love the intricacies and extravagance of the rich (which, I’ll admit was very well detailed). I’ll definitely pick up the second but it might end up being a loan from the library instead of a buy. I would also recommend this as a loan read rather than a buy read to anyone out there that’s interested in reading it.

Overall Rating: 2.5/3 stars

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