Hi friends! Today I’m going to be reviewing an adult book. I know, you’re used to me reviewing young adult, but Crazy Rich Asians has been getting a fair amount of hype, I was curious and excited and I LIKED IT. Honestly, if I’m not reading young adult books, I’ll be reading adult books exactly in that genre: drama, drama, contemporary books like these. So let’s get started!
There are no spoilers in this review.
📚 The book
Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians, Published by DoubleDay, June 11th, 2013.
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.
I ENJOYED… ❤️
- This book is SO drama-filled and I loved this SO much. It should be noted that Crazy Rich Asians is the kind of book you turn to for entertainment and it really IS filled with drama and if that’s your thing, you’ll be SO happy with it all.
- The cast of characters we are introduced to is so rich and interesting to discover, too. Each character is unique and with their own history and background.
- Thanks to the multiple POV, we get to explore many storylines and dramas, making this story kind of addictive, in a way. I especially loved Astrid’s storyline with her husband, which was fun to follow… strangely, I might have loved her even more than I loved Rachel, who is supposed to be the main character in that story.
- The descriptions of the environment, the wealthy families, the FOOD, the non-English language flawlessly and realistically included in the dialogue (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Malay) …. Overall, I found the whole universe so rich and interesting to read about.
I HAD A HARD TIME WITH…💔
- I really had a hard time with the characters in this book. Not in a way that I didn’t like them, but in a way that I had a hard time keeping track of them all. There is a big cast of characters, big families and it is a bit complicated to know who is related to who. There were family trees at the start of my e-copy, but, aerm… I might have been a bit too lazy to go back to it and zoom on it every single time. #oops
- This book felt a little long, especially at the start: there is a lot of exposition and introduction of the main characters with lots of info-dumping at first.
If you’re looking for an overly dramatic, but highly entertaining read, I’d definitely recommend Crazy Rich Asians. Despite the confusion with the characters at times, I had a fun time reading this and am so, so impatient to see how it all translates on the big screen with the movie adaptation!
Final rating: 3,5 drops!
Trigger warnings: racial, ethnic, homophobic slurs, cheating, slut-shaming, misogyny, ableist language, physical abuse (mentioned), dog fight (one graphic scene).
Do you want to read Crazy Rich Asians? Did you read it?
Do you have any recommendations of books featuring great friendships? I’d love to hear them! Let me know in comments!