Overall Rating: LOVED it! ♥️
I’ve decided to write a brief series review on the Crazy Rich Asians series instead of writing individual reviews for the second and third books. I don’t want to be giving away any spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book. If you’d like to read my thoughts on the first book, you can do so here.
So, since this is a series review, I thought I’d try a different format for this post – let me know what you think in the comments!
I’m a big fan of Kevin Kwan’s writing style. I found the way he weaved in words and phrases in the characters home languages of Mandarin, Malay, and Hokkien, to be very original; but don’t worry, the interjection of other languages won’t throw you for a loop – the combination of context clues and footnotes makes following along effortless. In fact, I think it added to the experience of submerging you into the characters lives and culture.
I felt the overall pace of this series moved very quickly from beginning to end. While there are some chapters that moved more steadily, they were informative and added to the plot lines. I excitedly finished each of the books in this series in only one day.
The plot lines, the writing style, the pace – it all remained consistent from book 1 to book 3. I didn’t end this series with any unanswered questions (though some of you may be judging with a finer tooth come than I) and in concluding each book, I was excited to see what was going to happen next in each of these characters lives. The pace of these series never let down and they could easily have been read back to back as one long novel.
I really loved the way each of the characters developed throughout the series. What started as a very frivolous lifestyle book, ended in life lessons. It showed how relationships can grow and change, taught lessons of forgiveness and gratitude, and opened the mind to see that things are not always what they seem. What you see when you begin this first book, is very different from what you’ll see when you finish the series; and that’s part of what I loved when walking away from the last book.
Which was my favorite?
Of all the books in the series, the first one was my favorite. Getting that first plunge into a very new and foreign culture is what made this series so exciting for me. If the first book hadn’t grabbed my attention in the way it did, I wouldn’t have wanted to continue on with the others.
Do I recommend this series?
Absolutely! (if you couldn’t tell from the LOVED it! rating) Even if you didn’t enjoy the first book, I’d encourage you to give some of the characters another chance – assuming you walked away because you found them insatiable – by the end of this series I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Have you read this series or plan on picking it up? Let me know what you think in the comments!