Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance
Published: June 11, 2013
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
The more I read, the more guilty I was of loving this book! I do have to say, it’s not for everyone. Think trashy Hollywood gossip, The Real Housewives and Young & the Restless, but with an all-Asian cast. If you’re rolling your eyes and this isn’t your thing, then stop right now and don’t waste your time.
Since I’m Chinese, it was an added bonus in understanding the humor, language and culture. However, it’s not a requirement and footnotes are included which is very helpful.
For me, it was incredibly addictive and entertaining. There were times I even found myself giggling in the middle of night while in my bed reading on my phone. I loved all the characters, including the ones you want to hate.
NOTE: If you haven’t read it and plan to, don’t get too caught up in trying to keep track of who’s who, cause there are ALOT of characters and families mentioned.
And OMG..the way Kwan described the food and coffee..YUM!! Made me wish I was a Leong or Khoo, just so I could fly a private jet to Australia for the perfect latte.
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series.
Have you read it? If so, any plans to watch the film?