Published by Doubleday on June 11, 2013
Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and 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.
This was a fun, sexy romp that definitely gave me some Gossip Girl vibes. My favorite character was Astrid I just loved how she really marched to the tune of her own drum and out of everyone else in the book she was the one who felt the most like a real person. I found myself wishing for more chapters about her although I still did enjoy most everyone else chapters as well. The exception being Eddie I despised him. He is a tyrant and wants to control every single aspect of his wife and kids lives. He threatens to abuse his kid on multiple occasions and even tries on one but thankfully Nick steps in. There is also another minor character that is friends with Nick and Collin (Nick’s best friend whose wedding is the big event the book revolves around) that organizes Collin’s bachelor party his name is Bernard. He says some really derogatory things about LGBTQIA+ people and women. These two characters really left a sour taste in my mouth and while I understand the need for Eddie’s character, I think Bernard was a little unnecessary. Now neither of these characters actions are condone the author makes sure that it is obvious that they are bad people and they both get consequences at some point. (Being vague so I don’t spoil but also just want to make sure people are aware that these things are in this book.)
Verdict: So I ended up giving this book a 4.25 stars like I said I really enjoyed it especially Astrid and her story. I really loved Nick and thought he was amazing in the way he loves and cares for Rachel. However because of Bernard and Eddie I did take away .75 because those parts just really upset me and even thought I get some of Eddie’s stuff to a certain extent I think that some things were just a bit overkill. Anyways I highly recommend this book if you enjoy funny, clothes, gossip-girl esque type stories 🙂