Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

eBook - 2013
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Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385536981
Characteristics: 1 online resource (403 p.)

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“Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners. . . . Kwan’s characters are urban sophisticates par excellence . . . A diverse set of characters and a light, unstrained touch move Kwan’s story along. . . . An elegant comedy and an au... Read More »

Judging by the holds, this will likely be a hit on August 15, 2018

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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.

Jul 21, 2020

For some reason I loved the nasty characters more so than Nick or Rachel. I got a bit bored by the designer names being flashed around. My opinion is that for those who read books regularly they won't be particularly thrilled by this unlike those who pick up a book once a year.

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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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