Author: Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: June 2013
Summary (taken from Amazon):
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.
Initially this book wasn’t even on my radar but I came across on one of the Korean drama blogs that I read and they referenced Boys Over Flowers in their review and at that point I knew I had get it from the library and read it. Going into it I knew it was going to be about “crazy rich asians”, it was going to be dramaful, and basically one of those guilty pleasure reads that I love so much.
The main storyline centers on Rachel Chu, who is an American Chinese working as an economics professor at NYU. Her boyfriend of two years, Nicholas Young (also a professor at NYU), is taking her on their summer vacation to his home country of Singapore where Rachel will get to meet his family for the first time. Little does she know that Nick is from an old, prestigious, and very rich Chinese family. A secondary storyline that I really liked revolves around Nick’s cousin Astrid, seemingly perfect in every way and how her picture perfect marriage isn’t so perfect after all.
Nick has a very large family so there are so many characters that pop up which meant that having a family tree included in the book was very helpful. The author also kept things moving along at a quick pace since every chapter the story would jump around to different characters and their point of view. Nick’s mom who is adamantly against Rachel, manages to dig up some dirt on her so throughout the book theres always this big secret looming and it became really hard for me not to flip to the end and find out what it was.
This book is exactly what I expected it would be and I devoured every page of it. Even thought this is an adult book, I think fans of the Gossip Girl books or The Ivy series would love this one too.
Rating 4 Stars