Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Paperback, 527 Pages
Published June 2013

Summary: When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

This book has been on my radar for awhile, and then once I found out that it was becoming a movie, it quickly got bumped up onto my TBR. It's been a chaotic few months with starting my junior year of college and everything, so I didn't get a chance to pick up the book until now -- or see the movie, because I was stubborn and I don't like watching bookish movies until I read the books themselves. So at the start of 2019 I finally treated myself to a copy of this book and curled up to lose myself in the high society of Singapore. And let me tell you...I definitely wasn't disappointed!

As the summary explains, Rachel Chu gets invited to go to Singapore for the summer with her boyfriend Nick, who tells her that it'll be an exciting trip where she gets to meet his family. What he doesn't tell her, however, is that Nick is perhaps one of the richest heirs in Singapore, and that his entire extended family is filthy rich. Even worse? None of them want Nick to be with Rachel, thinking that she's a low-life gold digger. So when Rachel finally gets off the plane, she finds herself dropped into this world of money, secrets, drama, fake kindness, and lots and lots and LOTS of backstabbing. What's a girl to do?

You guys, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. It was over 500 pages and I still tore through it in just a few days because it was so dramatic that I definitely couldn't put it down. It basically reminded me of Gossip Girl with all of the secrets and scheming and couture and all of the intense drama. There are so many moments in this book where I gasped and totally hadn't predicted where the story was going. I was so intensely excited by this book that as soon as I finished it I knew I was going to be picking up the other two books in the trilogy as soon as possible, because this is too good of a story to not keep up with. 

My favorite character in this book was definitely Nick, but I also really loved Rachel as well! Nick was super sweet and attentive and caring, and it was definitely pretty obvious how much he loved Rachel. I also really loved Rachel, especially in the moments where she didn't let anyone intimidate her and she stood up for herself. I was definitely cheering her on in those moments! And perhaps one of my favorite things about Rachel and Nick as a couple is how they don't let anyone, no conniving family members, come between their relationship. They are truly a match meant to be and I shipped them so hard throughout the whole story.

Something else that I really loved about this book was how often the plot twists would grab you and completely shock you to your core. There were plenty of moments where I would exclaim out loud because I was so shocked about a particular plot point. Something that's really great about this story is the way it ties together so many different threads from so many different families and specific characters, meaning the amount of drama and scheming multiplies. There's seriously so much ground to cover in this book that if I tried to address every single shocking plot twist or dramatic moment, this review would definitely be just as long as the novel itself! 

Overall, I absolutely loved reading Crazy Rich Asians, and I'll definitely be reading the next two books in the trilogy soon! This book was filled with so many secrets, so much drama, and all sorts of sneaky backstabbing and events that kept me hooked until the very last page. If you're into high-society dramas and you're looking for another triology to grip you from start to finish, I'd definitely recommend checking this one out. Now if you'll excuse me -- it's time to finally treat myself by watching the movie! *heart eyes*

1 comment

  1. A friend of mine keeps recommending this book, but I haven't read it yet. Like you, I want to read it beforoe seeing the movie!


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