Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

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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." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385536974
Branch Call Number: FIC Kwan K
Characteristics: 403 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm


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SAPL_Teens Apr 26, 2021

Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy novel written by Kevin Kwan. Many people recognize this name, most likely because of the 2018 movie adaptation. (now you know that it was primarily a novel !) The novel is quite funny and is a simple/casual read. It follows the main character, Rachel Chu, a professor, who lives with her boyfriend Nicolas Young (who is also a professor) and happens to be one of the wealthiest bachelors of Singapore! Nicolas plans to take Rachel to visit his family, however he does not prepare her for what she is about to face (*clears throat* the title !). Overall, I really liked how the author developed the characters, each of them unique and written in a way that is easy to imagine. I also enjoyed the amount of detail given for each new place visited (I could tell there was a change of setting). I think older teens will enjoy this novel. Since this is the first book out of the trilogy, I cannot give my opinion on the other two (I have not read them yet!). If you are interested, maybe you will want to read the other two following novels! 4/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Absolutely, wonderfully delightful. The story was so colourful and vivid - the characters enthralling and I felt like I couldn’t put it down!

Mar 05, 2021

I enjoyed this book because of the interesting cultural aspects and the extravagant lifestyle the people lead. I did not love the authors writing style as I found it very choppy and disorganized. I would have preferred a first-person story instead of switching perspectives in the third person. Overall though this book was very interesting and I loved the idea!

Jan 05, 2021

I read Sex and Vanity, KK newest book first and I have seen the movie Crazy Rich Asians. This book is much better than Sex and Vanity. The characters are more likeable, and fun in this book. I love his description of the food, and of course the over the top fashion, and jewelry. I am rooting for Astrid to wake up and start living life, instead of endless, meaningless secret shopping trips that fill her days.

Nov 22, 2020

GirlFriend V.S. Mom....Who will Nick Choose?

Nov 07, 2020

The only thing bad about this book is that once you start reading you can't stop. Every chapter ends dramatically anf the fact that while mst familys would encourage their child to marry whoever they want in this case the micks family actually discourages their marrage.

Oct 07, 2020

If you need an opulent escape full of private planes, designer clothes, karats and romance, Crazy Rich Asians is the book for you! The first book of a 3-novel trilogy, Crazy Rich Asians tells the Cinderella-like story of Rachel Chu’s first time in Singapore. Rachel, a modest Asian-American girl, is shocked to find out that her boyfriend Nick, has been keeping a rather big secret: his family is amongst Singapore and Asia’s most wealthy and elite crowd! Posh and proud, Nick’s family members do not welcome Rachel and all her American quirks with open arms. Will Rachel win over Nick’s family, or is the stark difference of culture and social status between her and her boyfriend’s family too great to overcome? At first glance, the world of Crazy Rich Asians seems far away. However, by including Rachel, an average American girl who struggles to understand the culture of Asia’s super-rich, Kwan is able to effectively immerse readers, including myself, into a foreign and exuberant high society. Overall, this novel is a light and transportive read that is perfect for readers who need a break from everyday life. 3/5 stars
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pacl_teens Sep 28, 2020

Crazy Rich Asians is a book about insane wealth and the complications that come with it. The story follows Rachel Chu, who is invited by her boyfriend Nicholas Young to spend the summer in Singapore, where he grew up. When she arrives, she is overwhelmed by the mansions, private planes, and lavish designer clothes. “Rich” doesn’t even begin to describe the sheer wealth of Nick’s family. However, Nick’s relatives see Rachel as an unsuitable match due to her middle-class status and fear that she is just looking for money. They devise a plan to end the relationship between Rachel and Nick. Eleanor, Nick’s mother, is appalled when she learns of Nick’s intentions to marry Rachel, and reveals a shocking secret. Rachel must come to terms with this new knowledge and decide how far she want her relationship with Nick to go.

I enjoyed the book. There is a generous dose of amusing banter and a lot of descriptive passages. The drama and displays of ludicrous wealth made it quite entertaining. Some of the characters (such as Nick) didn’t seem very developed or unique, but the plot line was still exciting. Overall, it was a fun read!
-Jacqueline, Grade 10

Aug 24, 2020

Extravagance beyond common imagination.
Much more "crazy rich" than the movie version because of the meticulous and brain-boggling displays of utter excess (perhaps overly displayed, especially during the last portion of the novel)
Fortunately there were some level-headed characters to counterbalance the insanity.
BTW, this was the first of a trilogy.

Jul 25, 2020

I started reading the book a couple of days ago, I was instantly hooked. The book had a lighthearted start with the protagonists, Rachel Chu and Nick Young meeting u to discuss their summer plans of going to meet Nick’s Family. Rachel is thrown into the world of the posh and “crazy rich” people, one thing I really like about her is that she does not lose her authenticity, she remains down to earth and humble. I loved how the book had different stories/ perspectives intermingled together and they flowed well! While the book definitely keeps the readers hooked with its intriguing plot, bracing through twists and turns. One thing that bothered me was that there were constant mentions of brands, sometimes excessively, I understand that it was imperative to show the kind of wealth each of the characters had but they felt like fillers sometimes. To summarize, the book is actually quite interesting! Worth reading but as an avid reader, I found myself hoping for something more.

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Nov 22, 2020

“She wasn’t a rebel, because to call her one would imply that she was breaking the rules”
― Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Nov 22, 2020

“Perfection comes at a sacrifice,”
― Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

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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