Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
New Edition: July 17th, 2018
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Family Relationships, Secrets, Money, Humor
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.
Anyone else super excited for the movie to come out?
I saw the trailer about a dozen times, and I decided that instead of eating my fingers while waiting for it to hit the cinemas, I would read the book.
Best decision ever. This is one of those instances where I recommend reading the book before watching the movie. There is a humongous amount of characters introduced, and so by reading about them first, you’ll be able to spot them more easily in the movie and thus enjoy their crazy personalities more.
Though I’m not sure just how much from this first book the movie contains, because those were some packed, juicy four hundred pages. The movie would be ten hours long if everything were included.
It’s so addictive. There are at least five subplots and, as mentioned, many people to meet. Nick’s mother is, as expected, demanding, but she’s not the only one who disapproves of his girlfriend, Rachel. At least 95% of his entourage want her gone.
There’s also Astrid, Nick’s cousin, who is very important in the story. She’s my favourite character. Rachel is very lovely, but her story is rather predictable as opposed to Astrid’s situation. She’s one of those rare rich people who don’t care to boast about the amount of money they possess.
It’s absolutely unputdownable. A real page-turner. You want to be entertained by reading about some ridiculous DRAMA and SECRETS and SHENANIGANS? Come on, you know you want to.
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