Author : Kevin Kwan
Genre : Humor, Fiction
Rate on Goodreads : 4/5
My rating : 4/5
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
My thoughts about this book :
I wanted to read this book as a light summer book to pass time. I alwayst try to alternate serious readings with light novels, and for that, it did its job quite well. I think it is a very superficial book that shouldn’t be read with expectations. Just read it as it is.
It can be compared to Gossip Girl since it is about crazy rich people, well, Asians, who swear by the best couture creators, private jet and parties.
From a sociocultural point of view it’s interesting to know that this kind of family exists, even though of course not ALL crazy rich people are like the families described in this book, I suppose.
The writer describs most of his characters as shallow, ridiculously interested and materialistic, which makes it hard to get attached to them as I like to do when I read novels. There are, thanks God, some nice human-beings in this book.
Romance, family-drama, cheating, luxury… There is the perfect combo to wake up your inner unhealhty curiosity and make you want to know what happens next, and thus buy Crazy rich girlfriend…
Three things I liked about this book :
・It’s written in a funny, light style
・The subject of Asian dynasties is not commonly seen in novels
・It’s well described with many useful details, nothing too much
Three Two things I disliked :
・ I didn’t feel really into the book, probably because I can’t relate
・ It’s clearly not a must-read as there is nothing special about this book, but it’s a good summer read
Citations that I like :
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action.”
“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”
– Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians
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