Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Book - 2013
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A hilarious and heartwarming New York Times bestselling novel --now a major motion picture!

"This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun." -- Entertainment Weekly

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor.

On Nick's arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780525563761
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kwan Kevin
Characteristics: 403 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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JCLStefanieE Sep 12, 2018

Filled with fashion, family, frothy romance, and a tinge of international politics.

This one’s like a “Gossip Girl" extra wit and a few extra billion. The movie came out in theaters earlier this year, with the first all-Asian cast set in modern times in over two decades. FYI, a sequel is already in the works.

JCLHeatherM Dec 02, 2018

A fluffy read that manages to be smart at the same time, Kevin Kwan's debut novel is the start of a three-part series about the adventures of Rachel Chu - a city girl who made a name for herself in the world of academia and is thrust into the upper crust of Asian society when her boyfriend Nichol... Read More »

JCLKarynH May 08, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians is truly a guilty pleasure. It has sumptuous food, fashion, locales, culture, and characters. I love a classic significant other meets the parents/friends and this fits the bill. The movie is coming out in August and I can't wait to see it!

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Jun 23, 2020

In the book adaption of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, an economics professor from NYU named Rachel Chu is invited to fly out to meet her boyfriend, fellow professor Nick Young’s, family in Singapore, who are one of the wealthiest families in Asia. When they arrive however, things do not go as they expect, as the rich yet controlling mother of Nick, Eleanor Young, seems to disapprove of Rachel being with her son due to her middle class upbringing and Westernized manners and speaking habits. As the novel goes on, many discoveries are to be found out which slowly distances the family from one another. One thing that I thought stood out to me while reading the novel was that the novel was one of the first that brought Asian representation to the media, as seen through the release of the film adaption of the novel of the same name in 2018. From the books I’ve read throughout my life, there is barely any Asian representation, particularly Asian protagonists, and reading this novel made me proud that there finally is a novel that is recognized for that. However, as much as I usually do not say this, I liked the film much better due to the immense attachment I felt towards them, such as the additional character of Goh Peiklin, and the ending being less vague to me. Overall, this book to me was pretty entertaining to read.

powendelay May 27, 2020

Saw the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" before reading the trilogy.
Enjoyed the movie. Like the trilogy better.
The footnotes are often hilarious.

Cheryl_in_IT Apr 23, 2020

Good quarantine read - transports you into an entirely different world (if you're not "crazy rich" and from Singapore).

I enjoyed the book, but it made me anxious - you know Rachel Chu is going to get blindsided, you just have to sit on the sidelines and wait for it to happen. That was tough.

Satirical style and story reminded me of Liane Moriarty.

Apr 02, 2020

I saw the movie before I actually read the trilogy. They are different but I love the book series. It reminded me of reading "Gossip Girl" series as a teenager. It is immersive with rich descriptions about the lavish lifestyles of Singapore's elite. It is written through various points of view of some of the main characters. Crazy, Rich Asians is an enjoyable read.

Mar 17, 2020

The trilogy is much better than the movie. They are a fun read when you want to relax and just laugh out loud.

Jan 22, 2020

Enjoyed this book a lot! It felt like bad reality TV that you shouldn't be watching but you can't turn away fun. Highly recommend for fun read-

WCL_Rosie Dec 16, 2019

A fun romance set in the glitzy backdrop of high society in Singapore. Kwan's rich descriptions of the food, clothes, and glamour made this an immersive read. The audio version is excellent as you can hear the different accents and dialects described in the book.

I said oh its a guy i thought it was her when i saw blood on the bed i didn't notce the fish i said what they are making them do it my brother said i said it remines me of teen beach movie then Asterd said herboyfriend micheal is having an affer with another girl just like my old boyfriend Micheal was cheatting on me in 2006 i said in theathers and in 2007 she said to nick she met amanda and she told her that everyone thinks shes the evail person that profended him from singapor when she didnt evan know he was subpose to be back and she said they left a boodfish in her holtelrooom and wroth a b word and was saying she didn't care about who his family were and she said she doesn't care and he said they can eat dumplings as meny as you like ok i laughed chins chane we got a messige of chiens we don't know what that means there making pergies we are polish we eat perogies ad he said you gotta eat the baby then you gottta tuck you give him a kiss goodnight and she said then you eat it people laughed i said uhoh is she gonna get intruoble but she wasn't she was just talking to her then she said she will never be enough when her friend said chickens are b word and then she looked at her uhout she said sorry

DBRL_BriannaD Sep 05, 2019

I have conflicting feelings about this one. The author described it as a satire in an interview, and I guess I've never been good with satire. I struggle if I don't have characters I can like and root for (which I think is why I read so much YA fantasy). Kwan did an amazing job of setting up this world, and I really enjoyed his descriptions. The absolute best parts were when he described the food--you can really feel his love of Singapore in those passages. I also enjoyed the footnotes! They were full of sassy commentary and added a very personal touch and perspective to life in Singapore. The bits I didn't enjoy were the characters for the most part. Most of them were just kind of mean, and that's never been fun for me to read. Irritatingly, I was invested enough in the characters by the end of the book to look up the plots of the next two books in the trilogy to see what happens to everyone. Thank you Wikipedia! I won't be picking up the next books, but I am glad that I read this one.

Sep 04, 2019

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When this novel was first published, my friend had recommended it to me. As I saw it become a popular read I resisted picking it up. I thought it might be like the Confessions of a Shopaholic which I wasn't a fan of. Then the movie came out and I wanted to see the movie, but still didn't feel inclined to pick of the novel. I saw that my e-Library had the audiobook, and I put a hold on it twice. The first time it came in I kept putting it to the side till it was expired. The second time, I was ready for it and am glad I did. I enjoyed this novel, as it is more than just a rom-com I expected. The book focuses on more than just Rachel and Nick and their romance. Coming from an Indian family, I could relate to craziness in families. It was a fun read for when you need something light with substance. My only “issue” with the novel was that you could tell the women characters were written by a man.

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May 06, 2020

“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”

May 06, 2020

“Just because some people actually work for their money doesn’t mean they are beneath you.”

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.”

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)

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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