Crazily Rich | Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Title: Crazy Rich Asians
By: Kevin Kwan
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads: 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, crazilyrich.
Review: I'm not a huge contemporary fan, but this book was a fun roller coaster of craziness. The whole story is based on a rich family in Singapore who use their money as a status symbol and refuse to see things any other way. So, of course, when their son brings home and American girl with no money, they find anyway they possibly can to sabotage their relationship, and for a moment, it might just work.
Of course, I loved the absurdity of it all. The characters were so shallow most the time that you just wanted to slap them and push them down in the mud. This could have gone horribly wrong for the writer, but it didn't. It really made the story more wonderful, or I guess you could say, terribly, but in a good way.
Toward the end of the book, I couldn't put it down. You want their relationship to work, no matter what bad things come to light. You want them to be together because they love each other so much, but can they overcome the truth?
There wasn't much I can say bad about this book. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to watching the movie.