A book that's been on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 10 weeks'
Crazy Rich Asians Blurb
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.
This novel left me feeling like; I had just been flung out from the middle of a tornado. But It looks like I'm throwing myself back into the storm because ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is only part one of a trilogy, and I'm addicted.
It was hilarious, entertaining me with the scandals, drama, secrets and the slightly naughty bits. It read like a trashy gossip magazine, TMZ or a soap opera.
I opted to listen to this novel as an audiobook, and I'm so glad I did. There is a vast number of characters, and POV’S, so it started to become a little confusing. I opened an article on my laptop that listed all the characters, and their positions on the family tree. I followed that while I was listening and once I became attached to the characters I didn’t need it anymore.
Flooded with Asian culture throughout I found it fascinating. I learned a lot about old-school traditions and family dynamics. But the cultural aspect I liked the most was the food. Kevin Kwan goes into great detail describing the traditional dishes served.
I love romance, in all forms, but found Rachel and Nick's relationship a little underwhelming. Their romantic life chapter, hurried at the end, leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I expected more romance but instead got a lot more family and friend drama.
I also wanted to know more about Nick’s cousin Astrid and her problematic marriage. Upon completion of the book, her story felt incomplete. I hope I learn more about her and her husband in the sequel. Otherwise, I will be forever wondering what happened to them both.
The Asian slang had me laughing out loud. I had no idea what the characters were saying, but it still had me giggling. There were some racial slurs and descriptions of sexual acts, but neither offended me in any way.
‘Crazy Rich Asian’s’ was the Perfect combination of romance, knowledge, and comedy.
I can’t wait to see the movie!!!
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