Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Status: Book 1 of Crazy Rich Asians trilogy
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.
With the movie’s release, everyone’s been talking about this book. I finally got to it recently and I didn’t like it.
While we go through SEVERAL points of views and follow a lot of characters in the book, at the center are Nicholas and Rachel.
Nicholas is from the uber rich Young family in Singapore but he works as a professor in New York, not telling anyone who his family is. Even Rachel, whom he’s been dating for two years. Then one day, for his best friend’s wedding, he invites Rachel. To the wedding, to Singapore and to meet his family. He doesn’t realize what he’ll set off bringing a “poor” girl who has no clue about his family.
But the spark becomes fire very soon. Within no time every one knows Rachel Chu and she is gossiped about.
My thoughts on the book:
- I don’t know what I was expecting but it was not a book full of rich Asians gossiping about every one else. I hated it.
- Rich. People. Politics. Almost every page.
- I thought we’d get way more of Nicholas and Rachel but honestly they constituted maybe 5% of the book.
- There were so many characters and so much name dropping and then back stories of all of them that my mind was muddled within no time. Honestly I only know Nicholas, Rachel, Nicholas’s cousin Astrid and her husband Michael.
- Looooooong paragraphs jumping from one topic to the other while giving back stories on characters. I found myself skimming the book not even four chapters in.
- The book shows the lives of rich people and also how the not-so-rich feel when brought into the foray. It would have been nice if we also didn’t see multiple chapters about characters I can’t care less about.
- Rachel was endearing.
- Nicholas was so damn clueless.
- Astrid was awesome.
- Michael was nice.
- Everyone else can disappear. They’re not important.
It’s as the title says, the book is about crazy rich Asians. I’ve heard the movie is better so I think I’ll give it a try. Maybe when I’m bored and open to it. The book was just okay to me, but mostly I didn’t like it. Wouldn’t recommend.