Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Genre: Romantic/Contemporary Fiction
I was super excited to read this book after seeing the trailer for the movie this past summer. I love the actress, Constance Wu, best known for her role in the TV show Fresh off the Boat.
She plays the character Rachel Chu from this series. I have yet to see the movie, instead wanting to read the real story first.
Now that I am done with the first book, I can’t wait to watch the movie. However, I now am committed to at least 2 more books of this series to find out the ending. I didn’t realize when I began this tale that it spans several books. But the story is good, so I will keep chugging along.
I can’t tell you how repulsed I was by how the wealthy were depicted in this story. Such horrible behavior that made me ashamed for them. I wanted to scream at them about how pointless their obsession with wealth and beauty was and to just plain grow up. I can’t deny that for a moment, I thought about putting the book down because the majority of the wealthy girls were maddening to read about. Thankfully, the tale was equally filled with grounded and real characters like Rachel and Astrid (cousin to Rachel’s love interest Nick) who are more complicated humans and have kindness inside of them.
This was a great story that shines a light on the 1% of society. It embellishes the inhumanity that money can bring out in our characters and the power of bloodlines and family names. A satirical tale of how imperfect life on a shelf can be. And how difficult melding lives can be when you live on different sides of the haves and haves not fence.
Synopsis: 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.