Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians is a crazy, fun novel but a perfect low key beach read. I really liked it and even laughed out loud a couple of times!

It’s a different glimpse into how the other half lives. About a family who is so rich and shrouded in mystery their private estate isn’t able to be found on Google Maps. Set in the rich backdrop of Singapore with a cast of seriously overblown characters, it can be shallow and silly. However, the humour keeps it from being just another boring rom-com or chick lit. And of course the schemes are so entertaining – plotting marriages for money, how much inheritances are worth…

The characters are great – I really liked Rachel and even the mother and grandmother who are insanely gossipy and meddley. Rachel is super down to earth and while easy to relate to I suppose her situation isn’t… though we can fantasise! She’s really sensible and smart though clueless as doesn’t know much about Asia at all having grown up in America. Through visiting with her boyfriend Nick’s family she discovers a new way of living and an entirely new species of person – this new level of beyond rich.

I’ve stayed in Singapore and LOVED it – reading this made me want to go back! The novel goes to great lengths to show the Singaporean-Chinese culture – the language and the food… so much food. Always a bit of fun when you know the places and things referenced in a book and so I’m super excited to see them brought to life in the movie.

I’m glad I read the book first and looking forward to seeing it on the big screen!


Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families. 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, crazily rich.

If you like this post check out Where’d You Go, Bernadette? For another book to movie adaptation coming soon!


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