About the Author: Kevin Kwan is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Crazy Rich Asians: The Movie was released worldwide by Warner Bros. on August 15th, 2018. Born in Singapore, Kevin has called New York’s West Village home since 1995.
Genre: Fiction, Asian American, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: 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.
This book is definitely a book that you have to be in the mood to read. I started reading it last year and couldn't get into it. Then, I read it again last year, finished it, and loved the whole thing. Then, when the movie was announced, I picked it up again, and this time only enjoyed bits and pieces of it.
Honestly, I think what I do like about this book is that it reminds me in some ways of Gossip Girl. You have the filthy rich all coming together along with their drama and scandals. Also, the comedic relief that Peik Lin and Charlie bring to the novel made me laugh aloud several times.
This book is the perfect read for a beach trip, a long plane ride, or a getaway. It's hilarious, outrageous, and vivid with multiple subplots to keep you interested. I also loved the added touch of the footnotes and it felt like I was getting a crash course in Singaporean history.
P.S. Astrid's subplot is my favorite part of the whole book.
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