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 have to say that I liked the movie better than the book. This is a first for me. I know the book has a lot more details than the movie, but I thought the movie was just fine.
I really liked Rachel’s character. She’s honest, down to earth and works for what she has. Nick seemed to be that way too. I’m not saying he’s not but can you even imagine what it would feel like to find out that your boyfriend comes from one of the wealthiest families in Asia? All along Rachel thought they were two peas in a pod when it turns out they are not.
It’s interesting to me to read about crazy rich people. It’s not something I would want to read about every day, but it is intriguing. Being that wealthy comes with a lot of responsibilities as Rachel finds out. Not everyone is happy that a plain old Jane has snatched up one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors.
All the manicured claws come out in this fast paced read. This book will make you laugh, cringe at how catty some people can be, and maybe make you a little envious of all the clothes and over the top parties. I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series.
Book Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with champagne, but since that’s not what I do, I’ll go with a nice Rosé All Day 2017.