CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan
My Rating: 💙💙💙
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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, crazilyrich.”
My Thoughts & Review
I finally got around to reading/listening to this book on audiobook. I kept seeing and hearing about it just before the movie was supposed to come out, and I wanted to find out what all the hype was about. I don’t normally read books in this genre as I’m not really into chick-lit or contemporary romances.
I took a few days out after finishing the book to write this review because I just couldn’t work out why I liked it.
I found the characters to be OK but some were just so dull and boring that I didn’t care for them at all, and think some of them could have been much, much better.
Personally I felt this wasn’t the best written book that I’ve read this year but once again it strangely all came together.
I did enjoy some of the descriptions of Singapore and the tourists sites that the characters visited as a couple of years ago I spent a week in Singapore with my mum on our return trip from visiting family in Australia, and everything was very accurately described.
Overall a fun and easy read, which I strangely ended up enjoying. Made a nice change and yes I will be reading the second book when I manage to get it from my local library, which will probably be next year now, just to find out what happens next.
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