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Monday
Oct222018

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Why I read this book:

As a mother with two small children, going to the movies with my husband or on my own just isn't happening. So I used my Audible credits to purchase Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan as a fix until the movie is available in Red Box. The movie trailers hooked me on this sexy, extravagant princess story. Who doesn't dream once in a while of being whisked off to a reality where nothing is out of rich.

My one sentence summary:

Rachel's sexy boyfriend is much more than he lets on and his crazy-rich family might just be more than she wants to deal with.

Kudos:

Kwan transports readers to a lush, colorful and loud world where nothing is too expensive from buying a hotel when the concierge is rude to the latest fashions yet to reach the runways. Crazy Rich Asians is full of complicated characters with struggles that are often unique to the jet set and so common that anyone can relate too. Rachel is a down to earth character who acts as the reader's surrogate as she is thrown into a world where she will never be good enough. The romance between Rachel and Nick made my heart race as I struggled between hating Nick for being so ignorant in subjecting Rachel to his back stabbing, power hungry family and wanting the two to be together. The food description had me craving dim sum for weeks. The settings were gorgeous and exotic to my western mind.

Quibbles:

Although label dropping is a part of the world building, I quickly grew tired of it and just took Kwan's word that the labels equated excess wealth. There are also so many characters with their own drama going on that I often lost track of who belonged to which family and what their back story was.

Final verdict:

Sexy Asian princess story with enough drama to rival any telenovella. This was a great listen on Audible.

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