This book has been sitting on my shelf for probably over a year now! It was recommended to me by one of my girlfriends who loved it, and told me it was hilarious. She is one of my bookish kindred spirits, so when she suggests a book, I don’t think twice about it. And finally once I heard that a movie was coming out based on this book, I finally took the plunge.
Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan, first opens up to a massive family tree in the beginning pages. These family trees always intimidate me, but are so handy when there is a huge cast of characters like this one. You are first introduced to Rachel Chu, who agrees to head to Singapore for the summer to visit her boyfriend’s (Nicholas Young) family, who are a very traditional Chinese family. She is expecting a reflection of Nick in his family, humble and kind, but has not been warned about the truth of his family. Well, she is definitely surprised as she discovers that his family is insanely wealthy, that he grew up in a palace, and his family frequently travels privately by plane instead of cars! The whole purpose of this trip home is to attend the wedding of his best friend, where he is the best man.
From here ensues a hilarious, soap-opera like cast of characters, who are continually plotting on who should REALLY be with Nick, shopping at an extreme level, and eating only the best food. The problems that his family and friends have going on in their lives are solely based on the fact that they just have way too much money.
This books has so many funny parts, and one liners. It also includes end-notes throughout, which I thought those were some of these best parts of the novel. They would make me laugh out loud, or learn a tidbit about Chinese culture. Another little detail that I loved about this novel was the quotes that separated each part of the story.
Lately, I have been reading a lot of deep and thought-provoking novels… which I love, but sometimes a girl has got to read some fluffy stuff! This was book that filled that void, and was a great change of pace for me. I haven’t laughed out loud at a novel this much since I read The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. But, if you are looking for a deep, meaningful read, this one is not the one for you. It’s a fluffy, fun book, and I think if you know that going in, you can appreciate it for what it is. I also think it’d be a great pool or beach read!
Some fun information is that this is actually Kevin Kwan’s debut novel. He grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in New York. Sound familiar to the book?? I guess that’s why he writes this experience so well. He is super successful in many different things, and even his website is funny! And for fans of this book, there is three in this series now. The other books are called, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems.
If I can be honest here, not my favourite book, but enjoyable all the same. Anywho, I just started reading Hunger, by Roxane Gay and was hooked by the second page. Stayed tuned for that review!
Happy reading, bookish friends!