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.
My View (no spoilers)
Crazy Rich Asians started well, really well, good characters and the story soon threw us into a world of unimaginable riches that we can only imagine.
The elite of Singapore, and their extended families, so rich that spending thousands on jewellery and clothes and going to parties on private islands in the norm. The mix of characters was good, the frugal to the extravagant, the fortune chasers to those who find it all too much.
The story also focuses on the quirks of the stereotypical Chinese, where the continuation of a perfect family bloodline is so important that it overlooks an individual’s good characteristics. Even the matriarch of the family who initially seems reasonable turns sour when her favourite grandson wants to marry ‘beneath him’.
There are so many characters and subplots to Crazy Rich Asians that it doesn’t get boring and it is so easy to read that it was a great book to pick up and put down. However two-thirds of the way through the book Kwan starts rushing the storylines, it all gets a bit messy and then it ends abruptly with none of the stories complete.
And then I realised that it was the first book in a trilogy. I am sure that there will be plenty of time in the next two books (and there is also a film in production) for Kwan to pick up all the pieces be has dropped but I am afraid that the first book ended as a disappointment.
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