Bullet Point-Review: Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan

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.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5When 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… ❤️

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  • 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…💔

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  • 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.

OVERALL

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!

 

 

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54 thoughts on “Bullet Point-Review: Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan

  1. I just finished the third book in the trilogy yesterday and I LOVED IT! I agree that it can be pretty hard to keep up with all the characters. Even with the family tree! But I think that as you keep reading the other books, it’ll become pretty clear who each character is.
    I hope you keep with the series and that you love it as much as I did!

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  2. Yay!! I’m so excited that you read and enjoyed this book 🙂 I’m currently reading the third in the series~ Did you watch the movie too? I definitely agree with your thoughts that this was a dramatic yet entertaining book. Astrid is also my favorite character, and I think the later books highlight more of her relationships with Michael and Charlie. and YES I agree that there are so many characters to keep track of :O I think it’s primarily supposed to introduce those side characters like Kitty Pong and Eddie who are highlighted more in the later books too. Lovely review, Marie ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Tiffany! ❤
      I haven't seen the movie just yet, planning to though! Did you see / enjoy it? 🙂
      Oh I'm glad to hear some side characters have a bigger role in the later books, I'm curious about them, too! 😀
      Thank you so much xx

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  3. I’m glad that you had fun reading this book! 😀 Crazy Rich Asians is a book I don’t see myself picking up, mostly because I rarely read contemporary and especially adult contemporary. I’m more likely to watch the movie adaptation of this book, as the trailer looked very exiting! 🙂 Amazing review Marie! ❤

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  4. What a lovely review, Marie! ❤

    I'm still thinking about whether or not I should read this book, because I adore the movie, but for some reason I don't think I'd love the book as much? And having to keep track of so many characters + info-dumping are definitely things I don't enjoy all that much – I'm so glad you still had a nice time with this book overall, though! (Have you seen the movie, by the way?)

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    1. Thank you so much Lily 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed the movie! I haven’t had a chance to see it just yet, but I’m planning to for sure eventually. and I get that, keeping track of characters is a bit tricky, but it gets easier by the end of the book 🙂 if you’re not sure though, better stay away from it and follow your gut! 🙂

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  5. I want to read this book just because I’m really curious what it’s like to be crazy rich lol! And it you’re right, it has been getting a lot of hype. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s always fun to step out of your reading comfort zone. 🙂

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  6. I’ve been wanting to pick up a copy of this book, but haven’t put the time to do so! I’m glad to hear that you liked it though, cause if you liked it, I’ll be sure to like it! Omg, when you said about big families, it felt like when I was reading the Game of thrones series. I was reading the books before I watched the show, and it was so so difficult to see who was related to who, and so on and so forth, there are just so many characters in the book and in the show, but at least they gave you a map! In game of thrones, I had to look one up online and print it out! Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. Oh I get that – I haven’t read nor watched Game of Thrones, but I’ve heard it is a bit complicated like that haha. I have to say, shows and books like that are a bit hard to follow at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s all good 😀
      I hope you’ll give this one a try, I’d love to hear what you think of it 🙂

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  7. Ooh you ended up reading it! I wont lie, I DNFd it at first bc the characters were just so difficult to keep up with! But after i watched the movie, i tried again and it was much easier 💕 i really enjoyed it in the end! Let me know what you think when you see the movie!!
    Also are you planning on reading the other books in the series?

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    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear this!! ❤ I haven't watched the movie just yet, but I can't wait. Maybe it will help me a little bit as well haha.
      I think I might, but I'm in no rush to haha 🙂
      Thank you so much Geraldine!! I hope you've been well ❤ ❤

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    1. I agree with you – the book felt a little long towards the end for me, too. Still, I wanted to see what would happen to everyone, so that kept me reading 🙂
      Did you read more of the series?
      Thank you Angela!! 😀

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  8. I’ve been thinking about picking this book up. I love some drama, but not too much haha. The film has had so much hype, I’m curious to see how the book compares. I feel like it’s always a hit or miss when you have a big cast of characters because you have to make sure that they all distinguish from one another, but I can see how easy it may be to get confused by them all.

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    1. This book has a lot of drama, I’m not going to lie haha, but it was really entertaining to read overall 🙂
      I haven’t seen the movie just yet, but I’m really curious to see how the two compare as well, I’ll have to watch it soon 🙂
      Thank you, Lois! ❤

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  9. The movie for this one is so popular! It’s made me want to read this. I am going to have to be very ready for it though because even though it’s a contemporary it’s quite long for one? I can see how so many storylines could be a bit confusing. But it sounds like the drama, Astrid’s storyline and all the enjoyment you got out of this one was worth it! Brilliant review ^.^

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  10. Hey Marie 😀
    Great review! I absolutely agree with your points. I loved the drama in this book and Astrid is one of my favourite characters as well. Like you mentioned, I also found it difficult to keep track of all the minor characters and how they are related. I agree that there is a lot of exposition!
    I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the movie as well. I want to see it however haven’t had a chance yet 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie, I’m glad you agree with my review! 🙂 I really can’t wait to see the movie and… I’m curious to see how it compares to the book, too 🙂 here’s to hoping we can see it soon! ❤

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      1. Yes let me know how you like the movie when you see it!! Of the people I talked to who read the book and watched the movie, they seemed to like the movie more haha. So I am definitely interested in seeing it 🙂

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  11. ahh the drama sounds right up my street tbh!! And the characters and setting sound so so good!! That’s fair about there being a few too many characters though- I’d have trouble with that too- so it’s good to know going in. Still looking forward to this. Brilliant review!

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  12. I haven’t read this but I just watched the movie and it was so much fun! I thought Eleanor and Astrid were both great characters and so well developed. I DEFINTELY want to read the book now, especially since I watched it soon after spending a week in Hong Kong and China (I’m intending to write travel posts about the trip FYI) and it was just really the right thing to watch tbh. Great review (I liked that it was short and to the point!)

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    1. Ohh, I’m really curious to hear your thoughts on the book after watching the movie! I can’t wait to see it 🙂
      (and YES PLEASE to posts about your latest travels, I’m all here to read them ahh.)
      Thank you so, so much Shar! ❤ ❤

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