Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Book - 2013
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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: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385679053
9780385679077
Characteristics: 403 p. :,geneal. tables ;,25 cm.

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You might want to bring Kevin Kwan's entire trilogy about the uber-rich of Singapore — that's how addictive these books are — to the beach. The action in Crazy Rich Asians is set off when Rachel Chu is invited to Singapore to meet her boyfriend, Nick Young's, family, and discovers what he really ... Read More »


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bookycakes
Aug 15, 2018

Not exactly my type (so many characters, so many details!) but an enjoyable story and a nice taste of what I might expect from the movie! I found myself seriously rooting for Astrid and very invested in her life, and I want to see what happens for the family in the next book.

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HKMar
Aug 14, 2018

The movie I can already tell is not like the book. I will read book 2 of this series but I found fascinating the similarities of old money of other countries/cultures similar to western values concerning wealth and legitimacy. Although archaic and wayward it is quite intriguing.

debwalker Aug 13, 2018

Book source for the new movie, in an unusually good summer release season.

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jalipio
Aug 07, 2018

CRA was a good book. I like how it jumps from character to character storyline.

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telger
Aug 07, 2018

I'm Asian! And I really, really wanted to like this book!
But sorry not for me!

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EmilyEm
Aug 01, 2018

Nick Young and Rachel Chu, NYC college teachers, travel to Nick’s home in Singapore for a summer vacation and Nick’s participation in a wedding as a friend’s best man. As Nick talks little of his family, Rachel is unprepared for his large family of ‘crazy rich Asians.’

Perfect summer read with as one review says a ‘Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.’ Two more titles in this satirical series. I’ll be sure to read them, too.

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alimaderak
Jul 27, 2018

I am a tough critic when it comes to elitist rom/com/drama books, ever since the awful Fifty Shades series. This, however, is a fantastic easygoing read that won't make you roll your eyes at the cheesy lines, or blush at the absurd sex scenes. It's funny (I literally laughed out loud in public), witty, intriguing, and romantic without actually being overtly romanticized. I initially held back from reading because of my earlier assumptions, and now I regret not reading the series sooner!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 25, 2018

Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nicholas are going to Southeast Asia to attend the wedding of the year. Nicholas had also suggested for her to meet his family during their visit. Thinking that her summer would be relaxation central, Rachel doesn't know what adventures are really in store for her. With unimaginable plot twists and surprises at every turn of the page, "Crazy Rich Asians" was a delightful read. Set in Singapore, you'll indulge into a world of fashion, fame, luxury, drama and most of all, what it's really like to be "crazy rich". This fast-paced book will make you find yourself unable to peel away from it. Furthermore, the detail and the author's writing style in "Crazy Rich Asians" enhances the reading experience tremendously. You'll truly learn about the different personalities of each character in the book and their diverse point of views. Not to mention, you'll adore the little side notes that the author leaves which will help with the comprehension of definitions for terms/slangs in other languages such as Malay or Cantonese. Only criticism is that there is mature language in the book and may not be suitable for all audiences. However, overall, this book is a must-read and I know I'm speaking for numerous of people when I say that you'd be missing out if you haven't read "Crazy Rich Asians" yet. Rate: 4/5 stars.
- @ReadingIceCream of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

When Rachel Chu agrees to accompany her boyfriend Nicholas Young to a trip to Singapore, she has no idea what she's getting herself into. With Asia's most eligible bachelor by her side, Racheal is swept up in the world of Asia's wealthiest families. If I'm being honest I'm not really sure why I liked this book so much. I think it was the fact of just reading about everyone's drama just left you on the edge of your seat. Although one thing that this book, like many books that change perspectives struggles with is that at points you can easily get confused with what’s happening to other characters and side plots. In addition to this, most of the book did seem to drag on for a large portion up until Part 3. I definitely enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to seeing it on the big screen. Rating: 4 Stars
- @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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lukasevansherman
Jul 11, 2018

Very much a soap opera, but a well-written, occasionally observant one. The Singapore setting offers a fresh perspective. Followed by two more books. Suggested pairing: cheap champagne and lots of it.

ArapahoeJessica Jun 21, 2018

A fast and funny exploration of what it means to be young and in love... with the heir to one of the biggest fortunes in Asia! Readers can't help but cheer for the unsuspecting Rachel Chu, Nick's American girlfriend. Their life seems so sweet and simple, but everything changes when they head to Nick's home to spend the summer in Singapore. Everything in this story is rich and over the top, from the decadent descriptions of parties and private jets to Nick's interfering family. This was the perfect book to bring to the beach this summer!

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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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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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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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