Author: Kevin Kwan Series: Crazy Rich Asians #1 Genre: Fiction Release Date: June 11, 2013 Book Length: 403 pages Publisher: Doubleday Review: 3/5
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.
I liked this! It was like the book version of a television drama – so many different characters and plot points which all wove together to paint a larger story. At times, I found that this could be a bit confusing though as there were many characters to keep track of and each chapter kept switching between each of their perspectives. Because there was a lot of back and forth between which character’s perspective you read for each chapter, I found I did enjoy certain ones over others. Namely, I really enjoyed Astrid’s and Rachel’s chapters – I always found myself eager to know what was happening from their points of views which built up a lot of suspense since I always had to wait for each of their parts to come back. Although, if I am being honest, there was something about everyone’s drama that kept me flipping the pages to find out more.
This book was also very informative, which I enjoyed! I got to learn a lot about Singapore, the traditions of its people, and its history. Sometimes it really did feel like I was being transported to the other side of the world because the setting was captured so beautifully. Although I have a lot of good things to say, the reason I am giving it a 3 and not anything higher is because even though I liked it, it isn’t a book that is going to stick with me for a long time or be one that I would ever consider reading again. However, it was entertaining and I’m glad I read it. I waited to watch the movie because I wanted to read the book first, so now I can’t wait to watch it to have everything I have envisioned on paper come to life on the big screen.