Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Published Date: June 11, 2013
I know I haven’t written in awhile. Over a year to be exact. I am going to start my first blog back a book review. I am going to start reviewing all the books I read as a matter of fact, but my first book review will be about a novel that was just adapted into a movie (yes, I saw the movie after I read the book).
So, let me be frank. Coming into this book I really didn’t know anything about Asian culture. I saw the trailer on TV one day and immediately looked up to see if it was a book because that is something I normally do. Hash tag book worm. I found out there was three books and immediately purchased them on Amazon.com.
This book is about three ridiculously rich Chinese families. Think Gossip Girl on steroids. Nick Young is a handsome hunk (yes he is also very handsome in the movie) and is the heir to one of China’s most MASSIVE fortunes falls in love with an “ABC”. An “ABC” is a term in the book that means American Born Chinese, which is a term I was not aware of before this book! The “ABC” is Rachel Chu a New York University professor, where she met Nick, because he also is a New York University professor. Yes, he family is not a fan of the career path he chose or the fact that he has made New York City his home. I’m not sure anyone in this book is a fan of America, since it is not as prestige as other countries and especially colleges are not good enough. Crazy! The character in this book honestly make it. Sometimes it is so hard to keep track of all of them because there is legit so many. There is a family tree in the beginning of each book, just to help you out. Two characters I absolutely cannot stand are Eddie and Kitty (you will see).
Rachel ends up spending the entire summer with Nick’s crazy family, who ends up not being her biggest fan. Rachel doesn’t come from the right family, she’s American, her ancestry is from Mainland China, where Nick and his family are from and live in Singapore, and worst of all she is not rich!
This book is filled with drama, twists and turns, humor, and my favorite thing of all, romance. I enjoyed reading this book and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next two as well! It allowed me to learn a lot about Asian culture, that I never knew before. There are a lot of terms and phrases that are explained in this book. Does Rachel end up being accepted into this crazy rich family? Or will they never accept her for who she is?
Back of the book Synopsis:
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.