Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Honestly, when I first picked up this book, I was so sure that I wouldn’t want to read the other two books after this one. I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because I just thought I could read this one and that would be enough for me. After all, I’d only really picked it up because the trailer for the movie looked good.

I was surprised to find that at the end of the book, I genuinely wanted to read the next book. And something to keep in mind is that this is the type of book that if you aren’t super curious, you don’t have to read the rest of the series. Alright, so I am a bit of a curious person, but that isn’t the only reason why I want to keep reading the series.

The main reason is because I don’t think I’m ready to be done with Rachel & Nick! They have one of the sweetest relationships ever. For all the fangirls (or guys!) out there with about a hundred different fictional character marriages lined up—cough, cough, like me, cough—, rest assured; Nick is definitely going to go on that list. He is even dreamier than you were probably thinking.

Also, funnily enough, I felt like I could kind of relate to this book. That just made all the family issues even more hilarious to me, because I could definitely picture all that load of drama occurring in my very traditional family too. Not all of it, of course, because this was a fictional story, but enough to find this book amusing on another level.

Now, as a heads up, if you were like me at the start of the book thinking that this story only focuses on one couple, Rachel & Nick, let me tell you right now that it doesn’t. This book has a few different storylines all merged together. For those of you who aren’t used to such a thing, you might find the book a bit harder to get into because this style of writing tends to confuse people. Not that I blame them, because it does end up getting a bit hard to keep up with occasionally.

Speaking of which, there are also a lot of foreign words that are used, with definitions and/or explanations at the bottom of what feels like every other page. That can really confuse people and make it hard to get into the book, especially at the start. My advice? If you think this might be problematic for you, as you go, write down the words with their definitions in a list of your own, it’ll help you if you need to go back and check what a word means.

Putting all that aside, I liked this book. I’m sure other people will too, especially if they’re the type of people who like books full of family drama. This one really takes that to a whole new height!

Now, you’ll have to excuse me, I’m off to watch the movie and then grab the next two books in the series!

 

Blurb: 

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.

“Wickedly delectable.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Like Dynasty on steroids with more private jets, bigger houses, and a lot more money.” —Vanity Fair

“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich… A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.” —People

“This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.” —Entertainment Weekly

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