• Rachel Penate

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Updated: Apr 10

TITLE: Crazy Rich Asians

AUTHOR: Kevin Kwan

PUBLISHER: Doubleday


STARS: ★★★.5

SUMMARY: “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.

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.” (Adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: OK, so first of all, before we begin this rollercoaster review, I just have to put it out there: main characters named Rachel are my favorite. (I’ll go ahead and let you guess why.) Unfortunately though, beyond this likability, there is not much else I loved about this story.

OK OK, I lied, I did love the ending. It was (mostly) worth the finish for me. But, in all honesty, Crazy Rich Asians was kind of an exhausting book to read. ★ While I did love the main characters and the somewhat existent character development, the constant dialogue revolving around gossip and label dropping wore me down. ★ There was overall such a lack of depth in content.

I would’ve LOVED the main driving point of the content to be the love story between Rachel and Nick & the interior struggle of their relationship. They had a lot going for them despite the conflict of rich vs. poor, but instead of a rich love story, I got handed an ad nauseam amount of eye rolling.

Overall, a good choice if you’re looking for something similar to a Reality-TV-esq. read. If you’re looking for something deeper though, I would suggest passing.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Moderate sexual content and language.

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