Overall Rating: LOVED it! ♥️
I’ve been seeing the Crazy Rich Asians series popping up a lot over the past few months. I have no doubt that this was, at least partly, a result of the movie adaptation coming out this August but I’m not mad about it. I let them reel me right in, and I’m glad that they did.
Rachel is a Chinese-American who moved to the US with her single mom when she was only a few months old. She grew up modestly, moving from Chinatown to Chinatown across the country – wherever her mom could find work. Unlike other traditional Chinese girls, her mother never put pressure on her to marry, instead, she wanted her to focus on her studies and career. It was eventually that career, and a very enthusiastic coworker, that lead her to meeting Nick.
Though finding a relationship was at the bottom of her priority list, she reluctantly agreed to meet the man her friend coined “her future husband” and much to her dismay – they hit it off. Jump forward two perfectly simple years later – Nick invites Rachel to spend the summer with him in Singapore. His childhood best friend is getting married and with them both being professors, summer is the perfect opportunity for Rachel to meet his family. When Rachel agrees, she does so blind to the world she’s about to step into. She has no idea that Nick’s family is the 1% of the 1%. His family home, or rather palace, is so exclusive only those at the top of the Singapore social class even know it exists. In a family excessively protective of their privacy, they’re even more protective of their children. Who is this girl? What’s her background? Who does she think she is claiming Asia’s most eligible bachelor for herself? The questions begin before Rachel and Nick even board the plane; and the lengths Nick’s mother will go to to get her answers are boundless.
This book was so much fun. It was entertaining, funny, and even gave a little of a bit of a “Real Housewives of Singapore” vibe. If you’re looking for a serious read, this definitely isn’t it. Crazy Rich Asians is dramatic, the characters are sensational yet somehow endearing and you’ll just keep turning the pages wanting to know what piece of drama is going to pop up next.
The character development that went into writing this is outstanding. It’s clear that the author really spent time building every single character and their personalities equally — something I really admire in a novel. It’s the characters that really immerses you into a story and Kevin Kwan nailed this for me. So much so, that as soon as I finished this book, I immediately went on Amazon and ordered the next two. (and I am so excited to get started on them!)
Crazy Rich Asians is available for purchase through my amazon storefront! Crazy Rich Asians
Have you read this book or plan on picking it up? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ☺️
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