Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Book 1 in the Crazy Rich Asians series
** spoiler alert ** Loved it! Decadent and a little wicked. It is like an Asian version of Dynasty on steroids. The level of wealth is unfathomable. The ease at which that wealth is wasted is staggering in its ostentatiousness. I spent at least half the book wanting to slap most of the characters for being so wasteful and snobbish. I find it funny that the matriarchs weekly bible meetings are really just an excuse for them all to catalogue their ridiculous multimillion dollar bauble collection. What good Christians they are. Seriously… just one of those rocks could probably house half the homeless people, or feed a starving nation for years. Totally unbalanced. I detested the snobby entitled brats, quarter million dollar dresses and matching suits for all the children who are marched in order. Some of them are just so tacky.
I liked Astrid (though I hate that she abandons her kid with the nanny for a month while she goes shopping in paris every year). I found her interesting in that she sacrifices a lot so that her husband can save face and feel good about himself. I don’t think he needed to fake an affair though – that was strange. I love that Wu clearly still loves her and even though he knows he can’t have her he wants her to be happy so he ensures that her husbands company is going to skyrocket in value so Michael can provide her with the lifestyle she is used to. He most likely saved her marriage – although personally I would have preferred to see them both separate and be together. I didn’t like Michael much.
Peik Lin is awesome – the best best friend a girl could ask for. Her family were terribly cute and funny. Love the dogs names. Not so sure about the gaudy décor of the house though.
I love Nick and Rachel. They were easy to become invested in. I feel that Nick is perhaps a lot like his grandfather, caring more about the world around him than the trappings of the wealth. I feel as though Nick would be perfectly happy being a professor and living in New York with his girl and not caring about being the Heir to the throne of fortune that awaits him. I am glad he gave his grandma a serve at the end there. Entitled snob. His mother is a total cow – status obsessed harpy. I love his dad though – so laid back and easy going.
Francesca and Nadine are just pure evil. I detested them (which I am sure was the whole point). I am so glad that grandpa woke up and took back his fortune they were busy wasting. It is good to think of that nasty Francesca getting her comeuppance. The way she treated Rachel was deplorable and cruel. Although I was surprised that the story from the wedding was true – naughty Nick!
Rachel handled everything with grace. Most women would have flown off the handle and let them all have it. As much as I would have loved to have seen that, she reacted perfectly.
The twist at the end with her mothers story was interesting. I am hoping that we get to hear more of their story and maybe find the sweet boy from downstairs. I am really looking forward to more from these characters. I would love to see what happens with Astrid and also with Nick and Rachel. I hope all those nasty people unravel . It would be a really cool twist to find out that her father actually became some super rich man so all those snobs in Nicks family can squirm knowing that she was “good enough” for their precious heir all along.
Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazilyrich.