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Crazy Rich Asians

Kwan, Kevin (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Crazy Rich Asians


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Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
Authors: Kwan, Kevin
Title: Crazy rich Asians
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 403 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
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ISBN: 9780385536974
0385536976
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Report This Apr 15, 2014
  • skylars rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Man, those crazy Asians are loaded!! Nice story with loads of Chinese history woven in the plot. Spent lots of time Googling certain facts. How true love wins out IN SPITE of the family.

Report This Feb 02, 2014
  • Summonmaster rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was definitely a funny hypothetical of the secret world of the ultra-rich Chinese. However, the ending was definitely rushed and unsatisfactory, especially considering how much painstaking attention to arbitrary details and humorous aside quips went into all the previous chapters. Overall, it was an enjoyably lavish read.

Report This Nov 22, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not the kind of thing I would usually pick up but it was mentioned at Dewey Divas in the spring so I figured I'd give it a go. It was light and funny despite boring me a bit in the middle before the inevitable blow up. Ending was frustrating but also made perfect sense considering who we're dealing with here. Nice bit of escapism, and an interesting look into to insanely rich in Singapore. It was basically reading a chick flick, except for the fact that the humour here is just in how shallow and horrible (at least to me) a lot of these people are.

Report This Oct 21, 2013
  • Mmc0119 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A funny easy read, enjoyable

Report This Oct 17, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As its title indicates, "Crazy Rich Asians" tells the story of, well, crazy rich Asians. A lot of them. So many, in fact, that the novel includes a two-page genealogy to help readers keep track of all its outrageously spoiled and wealthy characters. The cabal of connected families, from Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia and Australia possesses limitless funds, a hearty appetite for opulence and gossip and questionable taste. Basically, Kevin Kwan relates what unfolds when Nicholas Young, billionaire heir to the fortune of one of Singapore’s oldest families, brings his girlfriend Rachel Chu home from New York to attend the wedding of the season. The secondary story centres around Nicholas's cousin, Astrid Leong, and her faltering marriage to Michael Teo. But these slim plot lines mostly serve as excuses for Kwan to describe the consumerism and social excesses of the wealthiest families in Asia. The author has obviously studied the goings-on of the real-life counterparts to these families; his jaw-dropping descriptions of such jet-setters embody the train wreck paradox: too horrifying to want to keep reading but too engrossing to turn away. Though sharp and humourous, the book feels about 100 pages too long. Reading about retail therapy shopping trips for $358,000 diamond rings ceases to provide entertainment after a while and ultimately only underscores the characters' shallowness. That may be Kwan's point but it certainly doesn't foster empathy for any of the characters. Additionally, Kwan's footnotes range from witty to strangely self-referential and end up providing distraction to the point of annoyance. Though hardly profound literature, "Crazy Rich Asians" provides a great beach read or an entertaining companion for a long-haul flight, especially one to Asia.

Report This Sep 23, 2013
  • svasbt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you are Asian, or have lived in Asia long enough to know what rich Asians are like, you will love this book. I totally did.

Report This Sep 22, 2013
  • thunderingfox rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Harlequin romance with Asians. Mildly entertaining.

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had heard a lot about Crazy Rich Asians before i read it. I was quite sure it couldn't live up to its billing. And then I read the prologue! Didn't stop laughing then. The book is a bundle of details about Asians in Singapore - not just any Asians but HNWIs. So, what are Henwees? They are the High Net Worth Individuals that Rachel Chu an ABC (American Born Chinese) is faced with when she unsuspectingly accompanies her boyfriend Nick to the island. The story is wound around Rachel, Nick, his cousin Astrid and oh so many relatives - grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins ...It appears there is no plot just a description of the lifestyles and spending habits of the super rich; however, towards the end a plot evolves which makes for really interesting reading. This book is one of the very good reads in a long time.

Report This Sep 01, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fun, romantic and sad tale as two young Asian couples faced extreme social pressure and obstacles in their matrimony. Enjoyed the descriptions on the audacious clothing, food and homes of the ultra rich Chinese descendants of old family fortunes in Singapore. Love the ending love story of the third couple and possibility of happiness for two young couples ahead.

I very much enjoyed this novel. The author made it easy - and fun, to follow the shenanigans of the numerous characters. Only downside was that the author ended the story very abruptly. It was as if you simply came to the end of a chapter - but it was the last page of the book! I hope this is an indication that Mr. Kwan is currently writing a sequel. Otherwise, disappointing to not find out what happens to the many characters.

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