REVIEW: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
RATING: 2.5 STARS/5
” ‘You sure about this?’ Rachel asked again, blowing softly on the surface of her steaming cup of tea.” – Crazy Rich Asians
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.
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I probably would not have picked this book out for myself if I was browsing the bookstore isles looking for something to read. I didn’t even know it existed to be perfectly honest. My boyfriend’s brother said this was the book that he was reading on the cruise so I decided why not?
It is definitely an easy quick read for a vacation. Something that you can break away from and not get lost when you come back. It was a good paring to read while at the pool on a cruise to the Caribbean.
Being Asian, I could picture the old school Asian moms accurately —minus being filthy rich bajillionaires. The way they spoke and how they wanted their kids to marry into certain types of families. These are the norm for children in Asian households. I laughed a lot and I shuttered some as I imagined what it would be like to be the children in this family.
I wish that Singapore was described more. The beauty of it and not just the materialistic parts because I did enjoy when Kevin Kwan wrote about how Singaporeans argue over where the best food is located, the hotels, and appreciated the footnotes that explained things such as words and such.
All in all, thank goodness that I am not living in the type of environment that the characters are living in.
Would I re-read this: Most likely not.
Would I recommend this to a friend: Yes if you’re going on a vacation/beach reading but otherwise no.
(DISCLAIMER: I did not receive this book from anyone —nor was I paid by anyone to read and review it. The above review is solely my own opinion, good or bad. Amazon links are a part of their affiliates program so any purchases made through those links will give me a small percentage of income.)
Posted on September 14, 2015, in Adult Fiction, Fiction, Review and tagged adult fiction, book, book blog, Crazy Rich Asians, cruise, fiction, Kevin Kwan, reading, review, Singapore. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.