In honor of the release of the movie trailer, today I’m sharing my thoughts on Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan!
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’ve been reading heavier books lightly and was in desperate need of a detox, and this book accomplished just that. The easiest way I can describe this book is that it’s basically Gossip Girl taking place in Singapore with (surprise) Crazy Rich Asians! Over all, it was a fun, well-written story that kept me engaged. Was it complex and thought provoking? No. Did it stir deep emotions inside of me? Not one bit. Did I enjoy it? Most definitely. Do I plan to continue reading the series? Absolutely!
I found the characters and their development to be extremely entertaining (I mean, can you imagine going to meet your potential future in-laws and finding out that they are essentially royalty?! My in-laws are fantastic, but fortunately they are much more easy going that the Youngs!). While they weren’t necessarily multi-dimensional or complex, they were fun and highly addictive. Plus, as a total fashionista, I loved hearing about the outlandish closets. (Side note: if any designers are looking to sponsor a book blogger, I’m your girl!).
Overall, this was just such a fun, addictive, and enjoyable read and I highly recommend checking it out! The movie is set to hit theaters in August, so get your hands on a copy of the book ASAP!