Crazy Rich Asians

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 lover, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with an she might one day marry. What she does n't now 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 b a target on her back.

Initiated into 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 gir 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.
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Crazy Rich Asians
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Published July 1st 2013 by Corvus (first published June 11th 2013

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I hink another Goodreads reviewer said it best: " Shallow characters do n't mean shallowly written characters. " And in thi case of this essa, the author did n't pick up on that memo.

Shallow characters can be delightfully, wickedly compelling when they 're written well.

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Nick Young ( yes, THAT Nick Young) invites Rachel Chu, his longtime girlfriend, to spend the summer in Singapore and attend a wedding of an old friend.Seems pretty simple, right?

From private jets to houses that are more like palaces, Rachel Chu is about to have a surprise of a lifetime- especially when she meets his family.

Rachel Chu is so NOT what Eleanor ( Nick 's mother) expected for her darling son.

Rachel is ABC ( American-born Chinese), she works for a living and ( above all) she 's neve even rich.So, naturally, Eleanor assumes that Rachel is after Nick 's money.

Fortunately, Rachel slowly settles in- becoming friends with Astrid ( Nick 's cousin and most popular girl on the island) and meets Eddie ( another cousin who flaunts his money) .As Rachel and Nick adjust to the Singapore society, the sharks are circling.

Every Singapore girl knows that if Rachel snags a proposal from Nick, there goes their chances with the most eligible bachelor on the island.

Rachel 's character played well as the straight man of the skit- she felt very down-to-earth without overplaying the " homegirl " card.

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This mindless fluff, set among the über-wealthy denizens of Singapore, was entertaining.But here ’ s he thing: part of why I like mindless fluff, part of why I keep reading it despite plot holes and ridiculous, unrealistic twists that drive me nuts, is that I ’ m guaranteed an ending.

Well, even having read the preque, my opinion stands: even individual books in the series need closure.

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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 her), her endless jet-setting to the most expensive hotels and restaurants in New York, London, Paris, etc.

When Singaporean Chinese " blue blood " Nick takes his American Chinese girlfriend Rachel home, his family is concerned that, yes, she should hav a gold-digger, but their suspicions are heightened by the fact that she was- to their horror- born in mainland China, to a single mother ( more strikes against her!).

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Crazy Rich Asians follows the drama and scandals of some of East Asia 's wealthiest families.

Plus there 's a bunch of other subplots about what these ridiculously rich people get up to.

Maybe it 's because I 'm nosy and enjoy the drama of other people 's lives.

Maybe it 's because these superficial rich people problems are an enjoyable break from the real world.

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