Crazy Rich Asians
Author Kevin Kwan
Publisher Doubleday | 2013
romance | contemporary
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. (from Goodreads)
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I’m gonna preface this review by saying that I’ve somehow avoided watching the movie for this, and now that I’ve read the book, I really wish I had just taken the lazy road and watched the film, because there’s no way it’s as bad as this. OK WTF. This will probably just be a few short paragraphs of ANNOYED RANTING. This book was so unexpectedly bad. My friend loaned me her copy months ago and I finally got around to picking it up and I am shocked by how disappointing it was!
OK before I get absolutely carried away, I did end up rating this two stars given the fact that I finished it. I did skim most of the second half but I read enough of it to care to see how it ended. And I actually did like Rachel and Nick. They were literally the only reason I didn’t DNF this after 200 pages. I was really invested in their relationship and wanted them to end up together (even tho Nick is truly clueless, like bro come ON what are you DOING man).
It was too long. Like, at least 100 pages too long. There was SO much description and chapters about characters I DID NOT CARE ABOUT AT ALL and I was so frustrated while reading this (I’m frustrated while writing this, can you tell?). Almost all of the characters were immensely unlikable and some were downright annoying. The footnotes were absolutely unnecessary and I ended up not even glancing at them for 75% of the book. The writing style wasn’t great and there were so many (forgive my pun) CRAZY plot points. It was like throwing every soap opera trope the author could think of into one book. I honestly hate being this negative about it but my god, I felt like I was losing brain cells during this. AND THERE’S NO ENDING. It wraps up in like 15 pages of randomness and ugh…I’m so tired. I finished this in two days just to be DONE with it. And I looked up what happens in the sequels and it seems even worse. 😦
Though Rachel and Nick’s relationship was cute, I just did not enjoy this at all. I might have not been in the right head space to read a book like this, but whatever it was, I’m super let down. I hope one day I’ll be able to come across the movie and check it out and hopefully get a better impression of this story.