Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Shelfie Score: 29%

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Publisher: Anchor
Pages: 416


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...

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Savannah Wallace

My review was originally posted on my Tumblr book blog:

Sell Me in a Sentence: If Gossip Girl was set (mostly) in Singapore, focused on adults, and written wonderfully.

Short Summary: Rachel Chu is invited by her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, to his hometown of Singapore to attend his childhood best friend’s wedding of the century. Nicholas’ extensive family enters the picture and all Rachel’s plans for a chill summer vacation go to hell.

Review: One of the reasons I think I like this book so much is that I love the “middle class person is exposed to high society life” trope pretty much in every book or movie - unless it is overdone or rings false. I wonder if this is also true of many people, whom like me grew up lower middle class. We know that rich people have the same problems as us; that as a million fables have taughts us, money can’t buy happiness. But it’s always fun to have this socioeconomic immersion.

Even if this book wasn’t so glamorous, name-dropping everything from the top, private, Christian, elementary schools in Singapore to special edition Birkin bags, the writing is top notch. Not only does Kwan deliver on his wry observations, but he is witty and shrewd. Flip open the book and turn to one of his footnotes - no matter the chapter I’m sure it’ll either give you a laugh or provide you with some insight on Southeast Asian culture.

I think this is a great book to read when you’re more busy, because it’s easy to remember the details, yet each time you pick it back up your sucked right into the story. I already own the sequel and am looking forward to reading it once I get through some other TBR books.

I give it 4.25 STARS!


Bookaxe Characteristics for Crazy Rich Asians

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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