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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Kevin Kwan's buzzy bestseller is even more dishy and hilarious when read by actress Lynn Chen. When levelheaded Rachel Chu lands in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young, to attend a family wedding, she learns two things: 1) the Youngs are multi-billionaires, and 2) they’re not thrilled that Nick's Chinese-American girlfriend isn't. Chen's clever narration captures Rachel's wonderment at her new acquaintances’ opulent lifestyle and gossipy ways; she differentiates Nick's huge extended family by adopting posh accents from the countries they were educated in. She also does a great job bringing to life the sweet, modern love story at the book's heart.
I can confirm that this book is beautifully - and more importantly - honestly narrated. The speaker brings the characters off the page, in a genuine representation of Asian culture.
The story too is great, and I highly recommend it.
I am disturbed to see a review here so clearly steeped in implicit racism: most of the characters speak gently in british accents reflective of their upbringing. The language choices made for other characters is representative of the culture from which the are derived.
Amusingly funny and culturally eye opening. Just downloaded the next book. Looking forward to it.
Great read, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Exciting, eye opening and sexy...