Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 527
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (NY), Hong Kong, China, and Singapore

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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.

Review: I finally saw the movie of this book a month or so ago and worried about reading the book AFTER the movie, but I needn't have worried. It was fun to have the movie images in my head as I read the book. And, of course, with the book you get so much more. And yes, the book is better than the movie (no surprise there).

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are fun, the descriptions of money and spending, and living are outrageous (for me), and Singapore sounds fascinating. I went there when I was a teenager, but don't remember much, just that it was really clean.

Throughout the book I rooted for Rachel, just as I did in the movie, but even more so in print. Not a surprise, Hollywood took out many bits of the story and changed others for a more pat movie, but the book really fleshes it all out. We get to hear the characters' thoughts, more experiences, and the "real" ending rather than the Hollywood version.

I definitely want to read the other books in this series.


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