Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385679053
9780385679077
Characteristics: 403 p. :,geneal. tables ;,25 cm.

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Margush
May 11, 2018

This book is fun to read to learn about someone’s lifestyle and habits - someone who’s out of your usual circle of acquaintances. Slightly ‘soapy’ (happy end and all that) but still a nice read. If you plan a trip, this book will make a great companion.

JCLKarynH May 08, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians is truly a guilty pleasure. It has sumptuous food, fashion, locales, culture, and characters. I love a classic significant other meets the parents/friends and this fits the bill. The movie is coming out in August and I can't wait to see it!

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bluehydrangea
Apr 27, 2018

I thought the balancing act pulled off here was impressive. Just when I was getting bored by the use of private jets as a plot device, or the dulling effect of so many branded items, Kevin Kwan pulled me back in with a character bored by the same things while enjoying the benefits. The formatting of the eBook I read was a bit disruptive. If you’d prefer a seamless display of translated footnotes (amusing), and geneaological tables (ditto), I recommend a bound paper copy of this book.

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coco123275
Apr 13, 2018

Hilarious! Highly recommend.

ArapahoeTiegan Mar 20, 2018

I'm not at all sure why this book is advertised as a comedy, as it is not very comedic. However, I was completely drawn in and hooked by the family - their relationships and their dynamic. I couldn't get enough of all of these vibrant characters and their world. I also found myself craving the food described, and then feeling sad that I couldn't be in Singapore to try the food. Quite an addictive read, but don't expect a comedy.

This was the most entertaining series I have read in an extremely long time.

I can't wait for the movie to come out this summer.

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dontbugmeimreading
Jan 13, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although it ended rather abruptly. Will definitely look for the next book to see how the story continues

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kwsmith
Oct 29, 2017

This surprisingly well written satirical romantic comedy features three intertwined ultra rich families living in grand style in Singapore. Rachel, a smart young American-born Chinese girl, visits Singapore with her boyfriend, completely unaware that he is the treasured heir to the family fortune. All the young rich mean girls make plays for Rachel's cute boyfriend while the elders scheme to break-up the young couple. And poor Rachel knows nothing about designer labels! What's a girl to do? Honestly, I was expecting Kwan's debut novel to be utter trash, but I was completely wrong. Now I just want to visit Singapore and eat satay!

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM
Sep 08, 2017

So much fun. Dishy brand name-dropping, jaw-dropping wealth (and stinginess), and the right blend of over-the-top villains and relatable good guys. Fabulous!

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armchaircynic
Aug 30, 2017

I had accidentally picked up the second book in Kevin Kwan's trillogy during a Kobo eBook sale, and found it lacking. I decided to try the first one so that I wasn't reading from the middle. This one was just as shallow and the characters were flat. The food descriptions were nice but that was about it. Nothing about the characters made me sympathize with them or like them. My fiance, who is Asian, found the book offensive. He said that it just reinforced the negative and racist stereotypes that Asian people face. He also found it worse because the book was written by an Asian author.

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Jan 01, 2017

“But there must be something we can do.”
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action,” Sophie remarked. “If you do nothing, you’ll be sending a clear message: that you’re stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier. Think about it.”

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Mar 28, 2016

"I have no idea who these people are. But I can tell you one thing - these people are richer than God." -Peik Lin (pg 123)

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Oct 22, 2015

Eleanor had a long-held theory about men. She truly believed that for most men, all that talk of “being in love” or “finding the right one” was absolute nonsense. Marriage was purely a matter of timing, and whenever a man was finally done sowing his wild oats and ready to settle down, whichever girl happened to be there at the time would be the right one.

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