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...


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TitleCrazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)
ISBN9780385536974
Author
Release DateJun 11th, 2013
PublisherDoubleday
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance, Humor, Adult
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Reviews Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)

  • Christine
    2013-04-15
    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...
  • Lauren
    2013-11-02
    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 ...
  • Julie
    2017-08-23
    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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2017-10-26
    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...
  • Katie
    2013-08-24
    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...
  • Christi Cassel
    2013-08-04
    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
    2017-11-01
    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 “...
  • Jennifer
    2017-09-21
    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...
  • Madeline
    2017-06-09
    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 ...
  • John
    2013-07-09
    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...
  • Louise
    2013-05-25
    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.
  • Djrmel
    2013-07-26
    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...
  • Kelly
    2016-06-04
    The review below covers the first two books in this series. There's not really any spoilers, its more an overall general impression, so you should be fine. But just FYI. Review originally appeared on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.***I've run into some great writers lately, which means I've been reading fewer of them. No sooner do I discover them than I tear through as much of their catalog as I can, immediately. Maybe it's just that I'm ge...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    2014-11-01
    Second read: May 26, 2017 I love it much better.First read: September 24, 2015This book speaks for its title. Its about an affluent Singaporean Chinese family. It is the chronicles of their lavish life. Crazy Rich Asians is outrageously fun and it gives you a close glimpse about their food obsessed culture, keeping the bloodline and legacy pure, old money and new money - classicism. This book also discussed the racial tension between Mainland Chi...
  • Britany
    2016-11-15
    Welcome to the world of Asia's elite! Flashy cars, yachts, private jets, and anything you would want to wear straight from the runway. Have a problem with a business? No problem- they just buy the business out from under the rude folk. Alamack! I listened to this one on audio and the narrator was excellent- I fell right into the elitist circles of Asia's royal families. I chuckled right along with these characters and had to pick my jaw up from t...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2013-07-10
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/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 does Rachel know that Nick’s upbringing was ANYTHING but simple. After stepping off the plane, Rachel finds herself tossed into a...
  • Gemma
    2013-02-19
    It's hard to sum up how I feel about this book because I found it very long and packed with experiences, so that my attitude towards the beginning of the book changed by its end. ~The story follows Nick Young and Rachel Chu as they decide to travel to Singapore for a summer holiday together, with Nick's parallel intention of introducing Rachel to his family. Little does she know that her naturally good-looking, charming, history professor of a bo...
  • emily
    2013-07-24
    Shockingly, shockingly bad.It falls immediately into the brand-names-as-character-development pit and never manages to claw its way out. There are jillions of characters about whom I know nothing other than their favorite designers. Maybe that's Mr. Kwan's actual purpose, but while I know this is meant to be a satire of consumption, I have a feeling he thought he was going for discernible characters, at least.(Also. Did anyone else think that bot...
  • Lesley
    2013-09-08
    I was all set to give this book 5 stars. It won't win the Pulitzer. But I enjoyed how refreshingly honest, unapologetic and in your face it was. It's like your friendly neighborhood Overseas Chinese Pocket Reference Guide.But then I read the ending. TOTALLY LACKING IN CONVICTION. OMG.And I bumped off one more star because Rachel Chu (shudder) is seriously the most boring character ever. I would have liked her more if she had a bit more sass. She'...
  • Ren
    2017-01-29
    3,5 starsReview di blog, bisa click banner di bawah: Gue selalu ingat saat maen game Summoners War, dan tiap ada yang bisa summon natural born 5 aka monster super langka yang bikin banyak orang salty (alias iri), termasuk gue, pasti akan ada yang ngomong:"this dude must be crazy rich""this dude must be those asian rich kid""this dude must be those rich chinese kid"Gue heran dong...hubungan crazy rich ma asian apaan sih? Dalam pemahaman gue yang d...
  • Stephanie Anze
    2017-09-25
    Rachel Chu is an economist and professor in New York city. Considered an "ABC" (an American Born Chinese), she leads a tranquil life. Nicholas "Nick" Young, a history professor at the same school, is her boyfriend. When Nick invites Rachel to come with him to the wedding of his best friend in Singapore, she agrees not knowing what she exactly she is agreeing to. Nick comes from an exremely rich family, one where lineages are supremely important. ...
  • Emi Bevacqua
    2013-06-20
    I love it when a book about Asians written by an Asian is popular, but I wish this Asian had written better. Crazy Rich Asians is just a simple, mindless read along the lines of The Devil Wears Prada, and I kept wishing it had the power of Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero or Jay McInerney's Bright Lights Big City... This felt to me like the author took a formulaic foundation and just tried plugging in crazy rich Asian parts and pieces, instead ...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    2017-10-13
    4.5 stars
  • Jaidee
    2013-07-20
    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, architecture,...
  • Lisa See
    2015-10-21
    I so loved this. The humor. The insight.
  • Mizuki
    2015-12-14
    Pre-review:So far I've read into the first 140+ pages of this book, the writing is humorous and the author's references on social and cultural practices/customs and languages of the Chinese/South East Asian communities are mostly accurate. However, I can't wholeheartedly enjoy the book when the story and the characters are more on the over-the-top melodrama side. Plus, all of the description about the luxurious lifestyle and the comforts those ri...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2014-05-06
    Hilariously opulent and over the top, Crazy Rich Asians takes a closer look inside Asia's elite. The heirs of Singaporean fortunes try and outdo each other, snagging next season's fashions off the runway and throwing their money around on private jets and the most delectable food - it's absolutely absurd and entertaining. From the rich New York professor who wants to propose to his humble girlfriend, to the cashed up and fashion conscious wife of...
  • rachel
    2014-06-16
    Crazy Rich Asians -- Crazy, Rich Asians also works -- is like a Singaporean Austen novel, I guess, but with nastier people, worse writing, a surprising number of allusions to buttsex, brand names every other sentence, and serious(ly incongrous) footnoted Facts About Asia. Let's face it: no one reads books like this to be surprised by original plotting or to learn something about the world. Except for how some people eat desserts made of bird's ne...