Friday, February 6, 2015

Book Club Friday: Crazy Rich Asians

It's been a while since I did a Book Club Friday, but I've been reading up a storm lately, so thought it was time!  This week I'm sharing Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. 

Synopsis (from
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.

My thoughts:
My friend Tess had shared this book and she's usually spot on, so I went for this one.  At first, I wasn't sure if I should have - it started a little slow and flips between several families so it took me a bit get the lay of the (familial) land.  

However, once I got through that, I couldn't put it down.  The stories of these crazy wealthy Singaporeans was so entertaining.  I basically read the entire thing in a weekend and wanted it to keep going at the end.  Thank god there is a sequel coming out later this year.  I can't wait to hear what happens to everyone!


  1. I remember hearing about this when it first came out but had started to forget about it. I do think it sounds like one I'd enjoy as well, so thanks for reminding me!