Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Rich Series, Book 1

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780385536981
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Crazy fun reading! Glamour, couture fashion, excess, and hilarity paired with fascinating cultural insight. (Darcee's fave)


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kwsmith
Oct 29, 2017

This surprisingly well written satirical romantic comedy features three intertwined ultra rich families living in grand style in Singapore. Rachel, a smart young American-born Chinese girl, visits Singapore with her boyfriend, completely unaware that he is the treasured heir to the family fortune. All the young rich mean girls make plays for Rachel's cute boyfriend while the elders scheme to break-up the young couple. And poor Rachel knows nothing about designer labels! What's a girl to do? Honestly, I was expecting Kwan's debut novel to be utter trash, but I was completely wrong. Now I just want to visit Singapore and eat satay!

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM
Sep 08, 2017

So much fun. Dishy brand name-dropping, jaw-dropping wealth (and stinginess), and the right blend of over-the-top villains and relatable good guys. Fabulous!

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armchaircynic
Aug 30, 2017

I had accidentally picked up the second book in Kevin Kwan's trillogy during a Kobo eBook sale, and found it lacking. I decided to try the first one so that I wasn't reading from the middle. This one was just as shallow and the characters were flat. The food descriptions were nice but that was about it. Nothing about the characters made me sympathize with them or like them. My fiance, who is Asian, found the book offensive. He said that it just reinforced the negative and racist stereotypes that Asian people face. He also found it worse because the book was written by an Asian author.

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imaginethat
Mar 28, 2017

This was a delightful novel. Kevin Kwan's writing is engaging (although some of the detailed descriptions of opulence occasionally lost my attention) and the subject matter is flabbergasting. The wealth depicted would be sickening, but for the pleasure of the author's satirical approach, softened by his (and, by extension, the reader's) connection to the human struggles of the most beloved characters, Rachel, Nick and Astrid.

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dblittle
Feb 28, 2017

Loved it! A fun read.

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HPL06105
Feb 01, 2017

Fun read!

AL_CAROL Jan 30, 2017

What happens when you combine centuries-old clan rivalries, billions and billions of dollars, and young love? Family drama - to the inth degree. Nick Young and Rachel Chu are two young people in love. They are up against some fierce obstacles: traditions, expectations, family lineages, and downright dastardly relatives. This is one truly funny book! Hard to put down. And this is only author Kevin Kwan's first book?! Extraordinary! Would love to see this book made into a movie.

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rkwedel
Dec 31, 2016

Very simplistic; 1/2 of the book is descriptions of elaborate places. Story line is trite

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Reedica
Dec 30, 2016

Hilarious, absolute LAUGH OUT LOUD moments from start to finish. This book shows how being unbelievably wealthy can be such a difficult lifestyle to manage.

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cmlnetatshawdotca
Dec 19, 2016

Very interesting insight of how Singapore, Hongkong and China billionaires live. How they party is described in this book. Not clear how these people pay their taxes :-)

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Jan 01, 2017

“But there must be something we can do.”
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action,” Sophie remarked. “If you do nothing, you’ll be sending a clear message: that you’re stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier. Think about it.”

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Mar 28, 2016

"I have no idea who these people are. But I can tell you one thing - these people are richer than God." -Peik Lin (pg 123)

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Oct 22, 2015

Eleanor had a long-held theory about men. She truly believed that for most men, all that talk of “being in love” or “finding the right one” was absolute nonsense. Marriage was purely a matter of timing, and whenever a man was finally done sowing his wild oats and ready to settle down, whichever girl happened to be there at the time would be the right one.

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