Crazy Rich Asians
By Kevin Kwan
Book #1 in the Crazy Rich Asians Series
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.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ By Kevin Kwan isn’t a book I would normally go for. If you know me, you know I don’t really read a lot of contemporary books. I find them harder to get into than fantasy so usually avoid picking them up. I decided to go read ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ after seeing the movie and knowing that was a book, wanting to explore the characters more.
If by chance you don’t know what ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is about we follow Rachel and Nick who embark on a holiday to Singapore to attend the wedding of Nick’s best friend Colin and to spend some time with Nicks family. Rachel however is unaware of how rich Nick’s family is and must work out how to navigate a world of the rich.
Throughout the story we follow the perspectives of many different characters however Rachel is the protagonist of the story. She was a contemporary character that I could get behind. She is smart and educated as well as being someone who is not a classic contemporary character. I found myself wanting to read more from her perspective and experiences.
Although the plot of the book and the plot of the movie differ there are obviously similarities between them, this is usually why I don’t like to pick up a book after seeing the movie, I expect to see the movie plot mirrored in the book. overall I felt as though the plot was more fluid than that of the movie and definitely had a slower progression which I enjoyed.
The descriptions of the magnificent houses in Singapore really did justice to (what I can only imagine) the magnificence of Singapore, it was a contemporary where I felt I had been transported into the story and now a place I kind of want to visit.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ was a great start to what I feel will be a great series, hopefully I can pick up ‘China Rich Girlfriend’.
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 7.5/10