Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians

By Kevin Kwan

  • Release Date: 2013-06-11
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 4,314 Ratings

Description

A hilarious and heartwarming New York Times bestselling novelnow a major motion picture!
 
“This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.” —Entertainment Weekly

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.

Reviews

  • Have to Read Em All

    5
    By LucyMinnie
    Kevin Kwan believer. Will buy all his books🎏💁‍♀️
  • Horrible writing and nonsense

    1
    By Marinjoe
    Terrible reading and jr high writing
  • Eh...

    3
    By faith3smt
    I enjoyed the movie more than I did the book.
  • Boring

    1
    By Jesshende
    I now know more about fancy designer labels, five Star restaurants and grand living than I know anything about the characters in this book. I could only read on chapter a day because the book is so boring. You can’t keep track of who’s who and the main characters Rachael and Nick are drowned out of the story because of all the explanations of house Rich the families are. I don’t even want to read book two because book one already ruined my passion for reading.
  • Great read

    5
    By ami_with_an_i
    Lots of fun—great beach/plane reading. It’s similar to the film, but many of the characters have a much fuller backstory in this book.
  • Funny and entertaining!

    5
    By V. Monet
    I really enjoy the characters!
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    1
    By atdy ybtfxkvf
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  • Freaking amazing!!!!

    5
    By PoseidonJake 123
    When I read the book then the next two books and watched the movie... I was so surprised. I didn’t expect the movie to be that good like the books. The books had more detail and more characters witch is the best but this book is soooo...FREAKING AMAZING!!!!
  • good if you like long descriptions of wealth

    3
    By Squijid
    i really wish there was an abridged version of this book where you take out all the long descriptions of places and clothes and histories of a family’s wealth— that way i could get to the meat of the story: who the characters are, what their motives are, what they want, what their struggles are. like, i get it— they’re rich. you really don’t have to spend pages and pages reminding me that they are. also, really the most interesting story was astrid’s, but it’s a sub-plot rather than the main focus, which is unfortunate. also also, literally the only time i was super absorbed in the book was at LITERALLY THE VERY END when rachel’s mom is telling her backstory. it’s literally just a retelling in dialogue, but things are actually happening there— her plot was moving without stopping for pages just to be like, “look at all the expensive furniture in this room.” there were also just way too many characters to keep up with. i know this is sort of purposeful, to show the environment, but i lose track of all the characters and then end up not caring about any of them except for rachel, nick, astrid, michael, and peik lin. i definitely don’t like any characters except for those + mehmet and sophie, minus michael and honestly, minus nick. i guess i liked araminta at first, but then at the wedding when she was being bitchy to astrid, i dropped her. so when there are like 50 characters that are constantly brought up and you only like 5, i stopped really being invested. some parts of it also felt like just a travel ad for singapore? the author goes into a lot of depth into descriptions of food and places to get the best dishes. why were there so many times like, “here’s a description of this delicacy. rachel took one bite and said, ‘mmmm!’” the ending was also so unsatisfying, not only because it didn’t resolve anyone’s stories— what’s happening with nick and rachel? what about nick and his family? what about astrid and michael? astrid and charlie? what about cassian? he’s never really a character. what about eddie and fiona and their kids? bernard, alistair, and kitty? francesca and her grandfather and their whole family? amanda and her mom? amanda and nick?— and also not only because it was anticlimactic with no drive or energy at all, but also because it fell under the same trope that i see male writers write breakup arcs. the woman breaks up with the man, the man begs to get back together, he doesn’t give up and “proves” to the woman that they should get back together, and then the woman changes her mind. it’s very disrespectful to the person doing the breaking up. the writer even hinted that astrid and michael will get back together, even after michael broke up with astrid. charlie even suggests that astrid refuse to divorce michael for a year, and colin tells nick to go the extra mile in getting rachel back. it’s just really like, hey, if someone wants to break up with you, please respect that? it’s definitely a pet peeve of mine, as i’m sure you can tell, but it’s just disrespectful to the other party and what they want, and if we have so much media with this “breakup redemption arc” trope, then it supports this idea that it works and that that behavior it’s ok, when people really need to learn how to go through a breakup healthily and that it’s ok to break up. anyway. there are some things about the book that i like. it made me happy to see characters tying in asian values to their very not-asian ways— with filial piety and feng shui and all. and i’m glad to see a book about asians written by an asian person being shared and read by so many people. but this was not the right book for me. if you enjoy reading about super rich people and super rich things and awing over fashion and descriptions of food, this is the book for you.
  • A fun read!

    5
    By andrewj1999
    A good, quick read that can take maybe a day to get through if you are a fast reader. Simple dialogue and quirky romance that makes it the perfect beach day book! Would definitely recommend this book to a friend.