Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Paperback - 2014
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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 : Anchor Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014.
Edition: First Anchor Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780345803788
Characteristics: 527 pages : genealogical tables ; 21 cm


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"A perfect summer read - funny, fun plot, not too serious. I'll read the whole trilogy this summer!" - Jennifer

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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
@ReadingGOAT of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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.

Jul 07, 2020

My opinion may be skewed because I saw the movie adaptation before reading the book, but I liked the way the movie handled most of the content better. The story and the characters are fantastic and have great depth, but the movie gave them more opportunities for growth and the ending of the movie tied things up much better than the book. Also, I couldn't get past Kwan's word choices in a few instances, including having a character use the c-word multiple times and the n-word. I know it was an easy way to establish that character's personality, but still...could have been omitted and wouldn't have changed the story. I stuck with the story until the end and I'd love to see the movie again but I don't think I'll be re-reading this one.

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.

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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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