Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians #1)


crazy rich asians

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Contemporary

527 Pages

Published by Anchor

Published on the 20th of May 2014

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Actual rating of 2.75

Rachel Chu is an economics professor in New York, she is successful and happy in love with her boyfriend, Nick Young. When Nick’s best friend Colin is getting married, obviously Nick is his best man, so he convinces Rachel to go to Singapore with him for the ceremony. The thing is, Nick Young’s family is rich, and not just normal rich, they’re crazy rich, and Rachel has no idea. So when she reaches Singapore she is thrown into the dizzying craziness of the insanely rich, that would be bad enough, but when all of Nick’s family and friends are just as rich as each other, the judging cattiness that comes out is atrocious. Nick’s mother will go to any lengths to ensure that Rachel and Nick’s relationship doesn’t last the trip. Can their love survive?

I must admit, I picked this book up AFTER seeing the movie. I know, I know, probably a terrible mistake, but I enjoyed the movie so much that I was hoping the book would give a bit more insight into the story, and in a way it did, but there were a lot of changes between the two. And to be perfectly honest, I really did enjoy the movie more.

I was expecting the book to be funnier than it was, I think, but the humour part of it fell really flat for me. Piek Lin was so dry! She was one of my favourite characters in the movie because of her outrageous hilarity and it just wasn’t present here which was disappointing. And as I’ve read in other reviews, while of course you expect all the bit players and the big players in the story to be quite vapid and false, it just ended up not endearing any of them to me, not even really Rachel, Nick was okay, he had a bit more depth, but I was surprised that I didn’t really connect with Rachel that much. Astrid is still one of my favourites, but I feel like she wasn’t as well developed as I’d hoped.

I know the novel is satirical, but I found the constant run down of the clothing and the decor and pretty much everything in this book to be incredibly tiring. It made the pacing non existant for me and there were periods of times when I didn’t pick the book up for ages because I just couldn’t be bothered trying to slog through it. The extravagance and name dropping got old and I found myself skimming through a lot of it.

It wasn’t until the last hundred or so pages that I actually felt super invested in the story, the plot picked right up and things started happening, it’s actually made me want to start book two straight away, but I’m not too sure if I want to try and slog through another one of these novels just yet, though I’m dying to know what happens after the events of Crazy Rich Asians. And I am more invested in the whole Astrid and Michael saga seeing as the events in the book are a hell of a lot different than that of the movie.

I feel like I would have enjoyed this so much more if the story was more focused on the actual plot rather than all the clothing designer’s names who were dropped in every other paragraph. I feel like there’s a really awesome story hidden in here but you’ve really gotta work through the rest of the filler in order to get to it which is a little off putting.

I do still care about the ongoing story as said above. I bought the books because I really wanted to know what happened next and as far as I know there doesn’t appear to be a second movie on the horizon as yet, so I will continue with the series, but I may take a break and read something a little more stimulating for now.

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