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Crazy Rich Asians Book Review

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Book Cover

Crazy Rich Asians Series by Kevin Kwan

Summary: Crazy Rich Asians – The relaxing summer in Singapore Rachel Chu envisions with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, falls apart the minute she steps off the plane. Their vacation quickly turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosey relatives, and social climbers. 

China Rich Girlfriend – On the eve of her wedding, Rachel Chu is mourning the fact that her birthfather will not be there to walk her down the aisle, but a chance accident reveals his identity and Rachel is drawn into the dizzying world of Shanghai where people aren’t just crazy rich … they are China rich. 

Rich People Problems – When Su Yi is on her deathbed, Nick Young rushes to her bedside, but he is not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan come from all corners of the globe to stake their claim on the matriarch’s massive fortune and secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park, located in the heart of Singapore.

Cast of Characters

In the Crazy Rich Asians series I absolutely adored all the people in the story. Sometimes, I struggled to remember how a new character related to our main cast. That did not keep me from enjoying this delightful series. You have to read the entire trilogy to get the total encapsulation of the characters, especially the secondary ones presented in Crazy Rich Asians.

This is most certainly true when it comes to one of my favorite kooky characters, Kitty Pong. She only has a brief introduction in Crazy Rich Asians, but she becomes part of the regular cast of characters during the sequels, especially Rich People Problems. We get less of Nick and Rachel in the subsequent books in the trilogy. They are in and out of China Rich Girlfriend, but they return to greater significance in Rich People Problems. I am okay with it. We get more time with the supporting cast like the lovable Astrid and the annoying Eddie.

For Fashion and Foodie Fanatics

As a poor brown girl, I know only some of the designers loved by the hood rich and nouveau riche alike. To avoid any controversy, I won’t name any names, but you know who they are. However, Crazy Rich Asians dropped names that I’ve never even heard of until recently thanks to The Carters. If you are looking for a list of fashion houses to visit on your dream vacation or the luxury you plan to buy after you win the lottery, then the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy is the perfect blueprint for your BMF Plan.

Besides the cast of characters I enjoyed from beginning to end, it was the constant description of the food that kept me drooling reading. Seriously, reading the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy made me want to eat my way through Singapore. I am super jealous that all these crazy rich Asians eat all this good food and stay in peak physique. It is unfair to know that not only are these characters obscenely rich, they also enjoy the best food while never gaining a pound. Give me all the buns, all the dumplings, all the fresh seafood, and all the tea! I just love that the cuisine was like another character in the book.

Overall Opinion

If you have only read Crazy Rich Asians, then it’s time to pick up the subsequent books in the series. To get the entire story, you have to read the whole trilogy. I absolutely LOVED reading the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. These books are a fun read and the perfect remedy for any reading slump. The story was fun and captivating from beginning to end, and I didn’t want the ride to end. For me, the only downside was that the story went by too quickly. The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy is a romp from beginning to end. Along with entertaining the reader with the antics of these crazy rich people, these books educate the reader about Asian culture. If you are looking for the perfect, fluffy read, then these books are for you. Rating: Carpe Librum