CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Written by Kevin Kwan
Published by Anchor, May 20, 2014
My star rating – 5 stars!
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. Find it on Goodreads
Why? Why, why, WHY did I wait so long to read this book?? I know why. It’s a book all about the lives of rich people, which usually isn’t my thing. I normally find their “problems” to be outlandish and I can’t relate to them at all. But, in this case, there are so many reasons why this worked. I ended up falling head over heals for this book, the story, the writing, the characters – everything!
First of all – they’re filthy freaking rich. Their houses, clothing, and lives were just so outlandish and over the top I just had to know more. They bought designer everything without batting an eye. Their houses were mansions and filled with priceless works of art and top of the line gadgets and appliances. And it was all without a thought – like it was normal to go over the top. For them, it really was normal. Most of these families came from generations of money so that’s how they were brought up. Either way, it was really fun to read and just imagine the scenes in my head.
The thing is – the characters! They were so dimensional. Yes, they were rich. Yes, they acted like they were rich. But it was so much more than that. Some acted as if it was nothing. They still did everything they could to save pennies where they could, sought out deals, and waited for the right time to buy something. They were (for the most part) really down to earth people. Though there were some family members who acted the “spoiled brat” part and I had to laugh at how absurd it all was.
What I LOVED was that, even though there was money, the most important thing in the world was family. Though they could afford anything they wanted, it was the time with family that was above anything else. Dinners were important. And it was also important that the ENTIRE family was present. The Chinese/Singapore culture and traditions were so heartwarming to read and really made this book what it was.
Another thing about this extravagant lifestyle was putting on appearances. But we get an in-depth look at the inside of their lives and realize that no matter how much money they have, we all have the same problems. People looking for love and acceptance. People struggling with infidelity. Hard work balanced with play. There were so many dynamics to their lives!
If you like different character perspectives – be prepared! There are MANY characters to learn in this book. The families are VERY large so there’s a lot of people to learn, though we really only get perspectives from a few. Even though the cast of characters was massive, I found it really easy to tell them all apart and tell who belonged to which family.
This isn’t your typical family drama. This book is really unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I loved EVERY minute of it! I smiled, I related, I laughed, I cried – it was an amazing and well written rollercoaster of a read! The hype is real – you need to read this book!!!
Until next time, happy reading!