Crazy Rich Asians

Kwan, Kevin

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Crazy Rich Asians
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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385536974
Characteristics: 403 p. ;,25 cm.


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Dec 04, 2014
  • MariePat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is not a book that I would normally pick up, but had to read for a book club. I am so glad I did, I loved this book! Could not put it down.

I couldn't stop reading it. On the bus, in class, during dinner. Brilliant and juicy novel.

Jul 17, 2014
  • themegster06 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So great! I was deeply captivated, and when it ended I wanted to shake the author's shoulders for more!

Jun 13, 2014
  • skylars rated this: 5 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.

May 21, 2014
  • sass35 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loved this book i do not know if asian people like the characters in this book really exist but these characters are so interesting i could barely put my phone down.this is a must read.

May 03, 2014
  • megaculpa rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book might be an entertaining read for affluent Chinese people, who could identify with or laugh at the silly antics and cardboard caricatures. But for the rest of us, it's a nauseating insult to our intelligence

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.

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.

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

A funny easy read, enjoyable

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.

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