Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

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Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

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.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2013
ISBN: 9780385679060
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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jallahba
May 15, 2019

I love to travel and this book took the reader through Singapore.

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ambdizzle
May 03, 2019

I loved this book from start to finish! It was interesting the entire time. I had a hard time putting it down.

VaughanPLDavidB Apr 23, 2019

There was a huge fuss made for this book right out of the gate, but I took my time picking it up. I wish I had taken more time. Peppered with vulgarity and one rather incongruously violent scene, never have I read a novel where nearly all the characters are so shallow and poorly drawn. I suppose it's not wrong to have the characters constantly talking about shoes and clothes and cars and planes and yachts (that's the main theme of the book), but the narrator, i.e. the author, seems intent on displaying his own encyclopedic knowledge of all things superficial. To echo a criticism I read on another site: just because you have shallow characters, doesn't mean the writing should be shallow too; go read some F. Scott Fitzgerald. Oh well. I'm sure this book and the subsequent movie has made the author rich (though not crazy rich), which I guess is entirely the point.

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schoolmarm231
Mar 17, 2019

It’s too difficult to relate to and read through.

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smarieh22
Feb 22, 2019

Really enjoyed this book. Yes, there were times when the descriptions went on and on and also all of the different names and characters were hard to keep track of at first but it was a fun read. 100% better than the movie.

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pokano
Feb 10, 2019

Reasonably entertaining book about the shallow ultra rich of Singapore and the protagonists who ditch them. Reminds me of the house near our cheap 50's California-style motel in Singapore--it had a 4 car garage, filled with a Porsche, a Mercedes, a Lamborghini (or maybe it was a Ferrari), and the cheap car of the household--a BMW.

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donkeymitts
Feb 04, 2019

Intrigued by all the positive reviews. I found it to be poorly written, the characters undeveloped, and the story (once it finally got rolling 250 pages in) pretty predictable in a rom-com kind of way.

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WoodneathRachel
Jan 27, 2019

Strangely enough, I preferred the movie version - but the book was amusing and a fairly quick read. It definitely has a strong sense of place (Singapore is the setting) so it's a good choice for this year's "Passport to Reading" Winter Reading Challenge!

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Monica2193
Jan 21, 2019

I nearly waited for 3 months to get my hands on this book, but the wait was worth it. Amazing story, lovely depiction of every character and most importantly, the description of the extravagant lifestyle. It was difficult for me to put this book down, as I couldn't wait to know what was coming next. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.

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nayoh
Jan 19, 2019

The main couple are the least interesting part of this story. I found myself wanting to know more about Eleanor, Astrid & Peik-Lin!

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jimg2000
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.”

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b_xy_p
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)

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jimg2000
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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