Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1) by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

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 explo...

Details Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

TitleCrazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)
Release DateJun 11th, 2013
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult

Reviews Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

  • Christine
    I am Asian, I lived in Singapore, and I am not crazy rich - but I certainly heard of enough people on that tiny island who are. Ten years ago, I remember being addicted to a blog (now defunct) called "pinkshoefetish" where one Daphne Teo of Singapore documented every single materialistic extravaganza in her life - endless Tod's bags, Chanel, the luxurious apartment she (or her parents) rented when she was at Purdue (no stinky student dorms for he...
  • Emily May
    "Imagine wanting to marry a girl from such a family! So disgraceful! Really, Nicky, what would Gong Gong say if he was alive? Madri, this tea needs a little more sugar." This is some seriously trashy crack-lit. And no that's not a typo-- this book is as addictive and dramatic and ridiculous as you surely imagine it to be. I should probably hate it, but, well... oops.You've definitely got to be in the mood for it or you'll wonder why you're active...
  • Emma Giordano
    This was a really fun read. I went into it with the intention of consuming it just for entertainment purposes and not quality/depth which I think is the best mindset to read this story in. CW: racial slurs, homophobia slurs, talk of cheating, prejudice/classismI did not love the writing style of this novel (which I expected before going in.) The syntax was fairly weak and the voice of individual characters was not that strong. Also regarding the ...
  • Lauren
    I have no closure.I’m not quite sure what that ending was, but it’s really only an ending by dint of the fact there are no more pages.I was enjoying this book. I could overlook the dull main characters, the hints of family drama and maneuvering that never went anywhere, the randomly dropped storylines … all of that, I could forgive because, hey, at the end of the day, Crazy Rich Asians is mindless fluff and thinking is contraindicated when ...
  • Katie
    I think another Goodreads reviewer said it best: "Shallow characters don't mean shallowly written characters."And in the case of this book, the author didn't pick up on that memo. Shallow characters can be delightfully, wickedly compelling when they're written well. I mean, look at Anthony and Gloria in Fitzgerald's "The Beautiful and Damned", or Becky Sharp in "Vanity Fair" or heck, even Blair Waldorf in the "Gossip Girl" series if you're lookin...
  • Lola
    Anyone else super excited for the movie to come out?I saw the trailer about a dozen times, and I decided that instead of eating my fingers while waiting for it to hit the cinemas, I would read the book.Best decision ever. This is one of those instances where I recommend reading the book before watching the movie. There is a humongous amount of characters introduced, and so by reading about them first, you’ll be able to spot them more easily in ...
  • Julie
    Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a 2013 publication. I guess I missed all the hoopla when this book was first released. It wasn’t until the third book started getting a little buzz that I became interested in reading this series. So, I went in search of this first book- ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, and had no trouble finding a copy at the library- but- there was an abnormally long wait period for a book that is four years old! So, this series mus...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    3.5 stars rounded to 4I'm amazed at how long it has taken me to pick up this book. I remember being intrigued when it was first published; I had my own adventure in Singapore in 2004, which peaked my interest even more but, for whatever reason, it took the film adaptation being released to finally convince me to read it before seeing the movie. It was precisely what I had hoped for, a fun, fluffy read full of delectable "gossip" and drama, and to...
  • Jaidee
    1 star (actually half a star but I gave it a bonus half star for a couple of reasons) !!-Writing-just awful--Storyline-started off fair and ended up ridiculous-Dialogue-some of the worst I've ever read-Characters- these are some of the most boring, empty-headed, vile and entitled people ever written aboutWhy the extra bonus half-star?Surprisingly the writer had some talent in writing interesting and lush descriptions of exotic locales, architectu...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This book is deliciously entertaining. Rachel is a professor of economics in NY who has been dating her boyfriend Nick for two years. One day Nick invites her to go with him to Singapore to attend his cousin's wedding and she agrees.As soon as Rachel and Nick arrive at Singapore and meet his family, she realizes that Nick's family is filthy rich. Not just wealthy but $200,000-a-dress wealthy and this is a fact that he's failed to disclose to he...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    With Crazy Rich Asians hitting the big screens in a few short weeks, many readers have decided to re-read this 2013 release – or, as in my case, have finally decided to read it. This, of course, has also been reflected not only in social media trends but on the New York Times bestseller list where Kevin Kwan’s debut novel has again easily nabbed a spot, despite having been originally released five years ago. I, myself, fell casualty to an imp...
  • Christi Cassel
    From http://iknowwhatyoushouldread.wordpre...Lest you be confused, this is not a book about crazy [comma] rich Asians. This is a book about crazy rich Asians. As in, stupidly, stupidly wealthy gazillionaire Asians. I had read an excerpt in Vogue, and it seemed like it might be good, fun summer reading, filled with fashion and snobbery and such. I am a lover and regular devourer of US Weekly, who loathes the fact that I do not come from a ton of o...
  • Liz
    This is soap opera light literature. It’s fun and easy, a beach read. However, someone picked this for our book club, and I’m wondering what the hell there is to discuss. While Nick is an only child, this book encompasses his extended family. Keeping track of all the names and relationships can be a bit of a challenge. I almost wanted a scorecard. Nick works as a history professor in the States. Most of his family either doesn’t work or “...
  • Louise
    They are crazy and they are rich. That is pretty much all I got out of it. 10% in and I can't stand to read any more of this vapid book. Somehow it was not the guilty pleasure I was looking for. Returning it back to the library.
  • Madeline
    After being briefly obsessed with the Gossip Girl book series in high school, and then the show a few years later (and then abandoning it once Georgina reappeared with Dan's baby god that show was trash and I loved it), this seemed like the next logical step. Crazy Rich Asians is Kevin Kwan trying his hand at the ever-popular genre that can best be summed up as "hey look, rich people!" The fact that the rich people featured here are all based in ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: cannot express how much excite I have for the upcoming film version of this book - but this gif does a pretty decent job : ) Rachel Chu has NOOOOOO idea what she’s getting into when she agrees to accompany her boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. As professors struggling to make tenure in New York City, Rachel and Nick live a very modest lifestyle. Little ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    I can’t believe I actually finished this book because this was really bad. Basically, according to this book, all rich people in Singapore are snobbish and bad human beings. They can’t even see beyond their rich way of thinking when a down-to-earth person approaches them and tries to make them see things from a different perspective. Actually, what they do instead (according to this novel) is to turn that down-to-earth person into someone who...
  • Jennifer
    Crazy Rich Asians is part satire, part romance, part family drama, part Mean Girls, and 100% entertaining. When it comes down to it, the lesson learned is that every parent wants their child to be set up for success in the best possible way, even though the method may seem maddening. It is the first installment in a series by the same name and I am excited to continue. Check it out!! My favorite quote:"There is nothing in the world that good food...
  • April
    A fun and wildly entertaining summer read.
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    The movie version of Crazy Rich Asians was so good it gave me chills. It had EVERYTHING: hot men, amazing costumes, comedy, romance, and an ending that I was squealing over. So, of course, as a die-hard bookworm, I assumed the book would be even better. I was wrong. The style of the book really didn't work for me. So many POV changes and over-the-top drama. I felt like I was reading a soap opera, and soap operas aren't my thing. It lacked the hum...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Content Warnings:-Racial slurs toward black people, Indian people, Romani people. (Used casually by the "likeable" main characters as well as the ones we're supposed to hate.)-Slurs toward gay people.-One scene depicting a graphic dog fight (chapter 9).-One instance of a father threatening violence toward a child.-Cheating is a major theme throughout.-Classism (that's probably obvious).-Lots of prejudice from and toward different Asian ethnicitie...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Yes, I gave in to the hype. Yes, it was worth it.This was such an entertaining read from start to finish. Character driven stories are my absolute favourite when it comes to contemporary fiction and Crazy Rich Asians doesn't disappoint. There are so many characters, but yet they were easy to keep track of as they all had their own unique characteristics. While reading this story, I kept thinking, "there's no way that families could actually be th...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Loved this! It definitely got heaps better towards the end, but I hated the slurs that were often used and unchallenged.
  • Djrmel
    Interesting and fun setting, described by an author who obviously knows his subject. That's the end of my positives. In fact, some of the negatives are in the positives. If I'm using the word "describes" in a review of a novel, the author has done something wrong. I should be a part of the world he's put his story in, I shouldn't be conscious of the fact that he's telling a story. Also, the authors knowledge of his subject is made clear when he s...
  • John
    Ouch! Moved to Singapore from the USA 30 years ago, met a Singapore Girl and drank the Kool Aid. Singapore is somewhere between Nirvana and Utopia, civil society, great education system and FOOD to die for. Sadly, this roman a clef hits close to home and raises the curtain on the behavior of ultra rich Ferrari driving jet setters. But it's hilariously funny and contains a wealth of Hokkien swear words to enrich your vocabulary. When I asked the t...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4 Stars!This book is accurately titled. The characters in this book are ridiculously rich and they are just as ridiculously crazy. I read this as part of the #bigbookbuddyread on Instagram and we've been having a great time discussing topics that relate to our everyday lives!Rachel Chu is a successful woman in New York. She has a great education and she is in finance. She's also dating Nick Young who is also a successful guy in New York. Nick's f...
  • Skyler Autumn
    2 Stars Definitely late to the game on this one but better late than never. Crazy Rich Asians like the title suggests is about crazy rich Asians. Told in multiple perspectives this novel takes readers into the lives of exuberant wealthy individuals think Bill Gates level, the type of people that make millionaires look impoverished. Here's my unpopular opinion; I preferred the movie. The movie knew what it was about; fun visuals, comic relief from...
  • Poonam
    Buddy Read with Nameeta.I started this book thinking it is going to be humorous with some moments that may even be laugh out loud but this book has no humor. At least I did not find anything funny in this story.To start with the plot look interesting (reminded me of the movie Prince and Me) but the book could have been better written. For one this is a huge book and the story dragged a lot. It could have been 50% shorter without changing the stor...
  • Umut Reviews
    2.75 stars. I did enjoy it at the beginning because I learned about Singapore, people's culture, the background of these really rich people. The setting of the story was fun. However, it became too repetitive afterwards when Kwan kept telling how rich these people are with lots of details. There's no end to it, right? Also, too many characters switching from one to the other made it tiring. Another thing I didn't like was why Nick didn't tell Rac...