Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

Overview:When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

Deanna Boe (01/26/19): This was like reading a novel about the Kardashins, only on steroids! It is about the extremely rich Asians that live in Singapore and are of Chinese ancestry. It has been a very popular novel and an even more popular movie for those who don’t like to read. Parts of it are very funny and parts you simply shake your head and wonder if any of this really goes on in Singapore. Somehow I think it does, perhaps not quite so over the top, but still the very rich probably are in competition with each other. Although there are those who want to hide it and try to be modest, usually the extremely wealthy are this way.

The two main characters are Rachel Chu and Nicholas Young. They are both professors at a University in New York City. Nick has invited Rachael to come spend the summer with him in Asia, it will be a time to meet his family and learn more about her own ancestry since she has lived her whole life in the U.S. Nick has never talked about his family and Rachael assumed he came from a modest background. Little did she know that the “old wealth” families did not flaunt or talk about it. Rachael was in for one colossal surprise!

Rachael had never been around people who thought nothing about owning their own private jets, cars of an ancient and expensive vintage, and homes that seemed more like palaces. Plus people who flew to Paris a couple of times a year to simply “stock” up on the latest styles, spending millions. But the event that really topped it all off was the wedding of Nick’s best friend; he was the best man. The wedding itself cost a minimum of $40 million and counting. The church was decorated in such a way I would like to see the movie just for that reason alone, plus the evening ball which sounded so far out, that it is almost unbelievable it was so spectacular.

The biggest hurdle for Rachael though is Nick’s family. I mean who was this Rachael? What was her family? In short, was she good enough for Nick? This is where the storyline became very tangled with all the ins and outs of those who have lots of money and how they can use it. So, is she? Guess you will have to read the book to find out, or go to the movie. Personally I always prefer to read a book before I go to the movie. This one should prove beyond our imaginations
Rating: ****

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