Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Random House
Format: Kindle
Pages: 546 pages
Genre: Lit/fiction
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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.


Rachel has no idea what she is getting herself into when she agrees to go to Singapore with her boyfriend.  Nick comes from one of the richest families in Singapore, where the rich each try to outdo each other and everything is about what designer you are wearing, how much money you have and who your family is.

The rich can't help flaunting what they have, trying to outdo each other and those less fortunate don't belong and they make sure they know it. While not all of the characters are shallow and shallowly written the majority are making this a tough book for me to wade through, however there was something intriguing about it.  Perhaps it was all the underhanded manipulations that kept me intrigued at the ingenuity of some of this crowd.

There are two more books in this series at this time and I'm not sure if I will read them, but if I want to dive back into the world of couture, private jets, shallow relationships and wicked women I know just where to turn.