China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin KwanChina Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

China Rich Girlfriend

byKevin Kwan

Paperback | May 31, 2016

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Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art world scandals, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she has never known, won't be able to walk her down the aisle.
     Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel in to a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly-minted tech billionaire husband.
     A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily China-rich.
KEVIN KWAN was born and raised in Singapore. After obtaining his first degree in creative writing from the University of Houston, Kevin moved to New York to pursue a BFA at Parsons School of Design. His first novel, Crazy Rich Asians, was a wild success. He currently lives in Manhattan.
Title:China Rich GirlfriendFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 1.13 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read, not amazing I like this series, I'm just not in love with the author's writing. It kind of reads like a stream of thought, unedited so some parts have me cringing and re-writing the sentence in my head. But the plot and characters are funny and enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even funnier than the first book! Kevin Kwan's writing style is so entertaining. I actually liked this one more than Crazy Rich Asians, but both are great! This book introduces some new characters, and we get to know more about Rachel's family. I could not stop laughing at some parts!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you loved the first you'll love this one! I found this one narrowed in on characters more than the first so it was easier to follow story lines. It seemed to pick the favourite characters from book 1 to focus on more. This series is an easy and enjoying read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't Finish It I read the first one and, while a bit painful at times, I thought it was overall, some good stupid fun. But I can't get through the second one - it's just too much of the same stupid people doing stupid things.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp. Funny This was the first of the three books that I read. Difficult to keep up with the characters, and family ties, but finally got a greater sense after three book. The family chart in the first few pages was quite helpful. I learned about cultural aspects of China and Asia- especially the culinary arts as there are many references to food, and delicacies. I was quite impressed with the author's knowledge of other arts, especially as related to high-end, on trend decor, and design.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good time, but not as good as the first Whereas I was obsessed with Rachel and Nick in the first one, to me this was all about Astrid and Charlie.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bloody Hilarious! Very good sequel, Kevin Kwan does it again. I couldn't stop laughing.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good sequel i loved the second book as much as i loved the first one, especially the part when Rachel stands up for herself in front of that little spoiled brat.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Easy to read, really entertaining and loved the fashion references! Can't wait to read the 3rd book.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun sequel! I enjoyed this book to see how the storyline and characters develop from the first book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Crazy Continues Just as fun as the first book. Could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, easy read Fun book! Light read, but entertaining. Series overall is quite good.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guilty Pleasure! So funny and am excited to read the third book
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and witty I bought this book and finished it within the week. It is so funny and does not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun This book was very detailed and hilarious with all the Asian slang and the name dropping and brand dropping. It was outrageous but so good. Like a guilty pleasure.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He's done it again! Kevin Kwan you beast! the story just get juicer and juicer and the rich just keep getting richer! PLEASE NEVER TURN THIS INTO A TELEDRAMA!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just loved diving right back into the rich & fabulous i say it's always hard to live up to the first book .. i mean (unless it's the Harry Potter series). but i simply saw it is Kevin, picked up where they left off. the scandal and drama was different and still outrageous, but i appreciate that. i still found is hilarious and so very entertaining! you simply cannot be disappointed since it's a brand new plot. i think Kevin did a wonderful job tying in Rachel's 'new life' into Nick's. i do enjoy it and i love that they're going to make a movie from the original, that's when i know if this book really translates onto screen. i highly recommend this series if you haven't indulged into it. an eyeopener to the world of crazy rich asians, think of it as Kardashian rich, but more dramatic (a little more classy) and in Asia.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enjoyable enjoyable but not as good as the first
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I am going to re read this again love it!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read! Book # 2 didn't disappoint, can't wait to read the third!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good second book but not as good as the first one. Still a fun read and looking forward to the third one !
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tedious Shallow and dull, I couldn't finish this book.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This was a really fun read!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I did, it's done! It only took me two and a half weeks, but I finished it. I'm not entirely sure why I picked this book up, having not been blown away by the prequel. This one was equally as tedious although quirky at times. It was a struggle to keep each character's story straight and I didn't overly enjoy them anyway. If the entire novel focused solely on Rachel and Nick, I think it would be a lot more entertaining.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this but not as much as Crazy Rich Asians This was a good read overall and I liked how Rachel's side of the family was the centre of this novel. Could have done without the Kitty side-story but all in all another good book by Kevin Kwan.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Reading about the fabulously rich has never been so entertaining.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great beach read! Great second book to the series, easy read and takes you to another world. Excited to read the third book!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Second Book to the Series Kevin Kwan is such an enjoyable writer, can not wait for the next book!!!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! We all love to read about the rich and fabulous, well this novel gave an inside glimpse of the even richer and more fabulous. Loved it as much as its predecessor!!! Can't wait for the end of the trilogy!!! I already preordered my copy of Rich People Problems!!!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guilty Pleasure We all love to read about the rich and fabulous, well this novel gave an inside glimpse of the even richer and more fabulous. Loved it as much as its predecessor!!! Can't wait for the end of the trilogy!!! I already preordered my copy of Rich People Problems!!!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the previous! I cannot wait for the next novel to come out!!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT ENTERTAINMENT This book was a FUN READ. It was truly great entertainment. A FUN FILLED book from A to Z.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I really love the author's writing - everything is so hilarious and the footnotes are amazing.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite! I absolutely love this book along with the first one. By far, one of my favourite reads!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Sequel I enjoyed the first book, Crazy Rich Asians a little more than this one but this book was still a fun read.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! A light and entertaining read - great for vacations!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read I really enjoyed this book and was pretty excited when I found out there was a sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. Can't wait to see the movies as they come out!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from China Rich Girlfreind Great soap opera with clear culture appreciation,bang on! lo ve ed it don,t plan anything for the weekend
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Engaging but ultimately unbelievable This story, sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, includes many of the same characters, two years later. It is a compelling, gossipy story that is hard to put down, and it has quite a different perspective from what I'm used to reading. Without telling too much of the story, the book still focuses on Rachel and Nick as the carriers of the storyline (and to a lesser degree, Astrid and Michael). However, what made each of these characters sort of unique in the first book all kind of disappeared in this book. Rachel, often complimented for her "being so different from the other girls" and "being so American" in this book doesn't come off as a convincing down-to-earth Californian New Yorker, rather a slightly different Singaporean; Nick never really does come across as the "Duke" that he is said to hold himself like; the forces acting on Astrid to change don't really match the tremendous change that her character seems to have gone through (or maybe her character never was properly established in the first book?); and Michael becomes irrational in a way that doesn't support the concept of him as a successful business person. I understand that this book is supposed to show how money changes people over time, but in the end, the characters evolved from somewhat understandable people into people convenient to fit the story. I liked the story, but there is more to be done in the development of the characters and explanation of how they change with the world that is constructed for them here.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it While China Rich Girlfriend is technically the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, you can read this as a standalone, which is what I did. Kevin Kwon throws you head first into the extravagant and rich life of these rich asians, and I can't lie and say that it didn't give me a headache. I was so shocked and mesmerised at the same time at the reality of their lives. One line that really got to me was said among a couple of the older asian women about someone within their community: "Bernard has no money. He only gets about ten million a year to live on," Carol confirmed. That's ten million USD a year, by the way. I loved how we were able to see how these people live, and that it's not all roses and 100 thousand dollar Birkin bags. Initially I have to say I was OVERWHELMED by the sheer amount of people in this book. I do think if you read the first book, by the second book you would atlas know 50% of the people. But I didn't and it took me a while to get to know who's important enough for me to really know and who isn't. I wish there was a family tree chart of all the asian clans involved. Once we weed out all the unimportant characters, it finally got interesting and exciting. I couldn't put the book down and read it in a day or two. Several different plots are interwoven or stand alone in the book, and I have to say I enjoyed every single one. This is a rarity because I always have favourites and stories I don't like when it comes to multiple POV books. China Rich Girlfriend was a book I kept on recommending to so many of my friends and really stuck with me. Maybe because I was so unaccustomed to their lifestyle. The rich asians are seriously on a completely different level from other rich people. One thing a publicist at Random House said that stuck for me about this book is "There's rich , then there's China rich". I completely agree and feel like anyone who picks it up will get taken for a very interesting and exciting ride, especially if you are already into asian cultures, like I am. I definitely recommend this book to everyone and I can't wait to pick up Crazy Rich Asians and read that. I hope Kevin Kwon continue writing these fascinating and unique books; I really enjoy his storytelling.
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super fun A fun summer read! Worth reading the first book to start as it inroduces rhe characters. This is pretty salacious but total page turner.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Crazy Good Read Kevin Kwan has done it again. I enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians so much that I was a little anxious for his sophomore book. Over the Top does not even begin to describe this book. I LOVED every single character in this book. I loved how I felt when I read this (giddy with a few jumpy claps thrown in). I loved how the lives of the characters revolve around what they are wearing, driving, or where they rank on China’s Richest list (or which list is the most accurate for that matter) down to the minutest detail. So much so that Collette’s (her father sits within the Top 10 on either list) response to what Astrid ( Top 3) was wearing to a party made me spit out my coffee I was laughing so hard. This a great fun read for anyone wanting to indulge in a little escapism for a few hours.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Enjoyed it even more than Crazy Rich Asians which is really saying something. Good story, fascinating information, written in an interesting and easy read style. Humorous. Love it. Want the third book - really, really soon.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! I bought this book not expecting much because as we all know, the second book is usually worse than the first book. However, contrary to what I was expecting, China Rich Girlfriend is even better than Crazy Rich Asians. The first book spent a lot of time introducing characters and the past, but the second book dove right into it. Nick's family doesn't make as much of an appearance in this one as it focuses more on Rachel's new found father and brother. I was disappointed that Nick's mother did not show up as much, but when she does, she certainly makes an appearance that'll make you laugh out loud in disbelief. This one's a juicy one.
Date published: 2015-06-09

Editorial Reviews

"Mr. Kwan has good aim with his fashion world―and ego-skewering shivs." ―The New York Times "Delicious . . . nuanced (and savage) in its social deconstruction—and even more fun [than Crazy Rich Asians]." ―Maclean's"Take a Jane Austen novel, combine it with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and set it in the glittering capitals of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. What have you got? This deliciously fun follow-up to Kwan's bestselling Crazy Rich Asians... a field guide to Asia's uberwealthy echelon and comic satire at its best."—People Magazine"Welcome to the world of China Rich Girlfriend, which picks up a few years after the events of Kevin Kwan's frothy 2013 best-seller, Crazy Rich Asians. In accordance with the Law of Sequels, it's more over-the-top than its predecessor—which is saying something . . . [China Rich Girlfriend is] entertaining . . . buoyant." ―Entertainment Weekly "The summer's funniest beach read." —Vanity Fair“I loved China Rich Girlfriend… Like Gossip Girl and Dynasty and the royal family of England all at the same time. Kwan’s characters behave hideously—and it’s hilarious.” —Elaine Lui, Flare"The summer's funniest beach read. When Crazy Rich Asians hit shelves in peak beach-read season two summers ago, readers ate up its urestrained and uproarious fictional depictions of the opulent lives of Asia's super elite. . . China Rich Girlfriend follow[s] the same multitentacled clan and their world-traveling, high-spending, and backstabbing antics." –Lauren Christensen, Vanity Fair"China Rich Girlfriend,  Kevin Kwan's frothy sequel to his debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians, revisits the world of Hong Kong's and Singapore's super-super-elite. . . . these sharply observed books have an insider's authority. Girlfriend is also so diverting that it (almost) made me forget that my seatmate on a recent flight from New York to Dubai was muttering to himself nonstop." ―Condé Nast Traveler"An entertaining look at an unbelievable world of consumption. . . . China Rich Girlfriend has . . .  fun with swagger and style . . . Genre fiction is probably richer for it." ―Metro "In this year's best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore . . . There's no timely cocktail I'd rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend . . . As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan's books. But if you need to assuage your guilt about summer reading with a little intellectual patina, Kwan has you covered too; His peek into this rarified world is spiked with tart observations about old and new money, the nuances of racism and the way they all interact . . . Fizzy, highly entertaining." ―The Washington Post "In this year’s best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore… There’s no timely cocktail I’d rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend… As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan’s books. But if you need to assuage your guilt about summer reading with a little intellectual patina, Kwan has you covered too; His peek into this rarified world is spiked with tart observations about old and new money, the nuances of racism and the way they all interact… A cheeky reminder that those who think they can’t make a romance or a comedy of manners work in an entirely non-white setting are not just lying or kidding themselves, but wasting the almost gluttonous opportunities available to storytellers who stretch beyond convention… Fizzy, highly entertaining.” –Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post “As the real China rich dig their nails into the world of the wealthy and wasteful, Kwan sharpens his with another acerbic yet affectionate examination of Asian uber-elite social mores, still largely invisible in Western popular culture… The novel is filled with jaw-dropping accounts of opulence… and showdowns worthy of an episode of "Gossip Girl."… China Rich Girlfriend is a crazy parade through the lives of the aspirational elite. It's also a rich portrait of Asia's real obsession with consumerism and its economic rise, one whose trajectory, like Kwan's, is not yet complete.”–Nicole Lee, Los Angeles Times “Those Crazy Rich Asians are back as a mix of old and new characters in Kwan's new novel, China Rich Girlfriend... The book brings the foibles of the wealthy into a new setting: China. It reflects the ascendance of a new elite — the product of the booming economy of mainland China. This fresh crop of billionaires form a new strata of Asia's one percent, what Kwan likes to call the "China Rich."… Kwan's characters are powerful and attractive, living in the lap of luxury.” –All Things Considered, NPR weekend  "Lifestyles of the rich and famous, China-style. A follow to Kwan's lively debut, Crazy Rich Asians, this new book delivers more over-the-top consumption in Asia's most exclusive locale.” –The Houston Chronicle   “Kevin Kwan has a new book coming out soon. It's called China Rich Girlfriend, and if you don't know why this is shriek-worthy news, allow me to introduce you to Kwan's first novel, Crazy Rich Asians, [a] gloriously, irreverently fun and dishy novel.” –Roxane Gay, NPR“Kwan returns with an equally good-natured, catty-as-hell sequel to his bestselling roman à clef about China's new and old money dynasties. For those not cued in, Kwan's tone is breakneck and utterly disarming—part Oscar Wilde, part Judith Krantz, part Arthur Frommer . . . Hilarious . . . Over-the-top and hard to stop.” –Kirkus“Kwan’s latest follows in the footsteps of his wildly imaginative Crazy Rich Asians but adds even more conspicuous consumption and over-the-top behavior… Resplendent with gorgeous description …. The dialog is always top-notch. There are many fascinating substories... A sprinkling of footnotes adds local expressions, insightful asides, and Kwan’s own snarky personal comments. Among the many laugh-out-loud incidents are examples of the extreme cheapness of some of these ­ultrawealthy people and tidbits about their staff… The conclusion offers up additional shocks and surprises that will have readers clamoring for more. Those who enjoy splendid writing and getting a glimpse at how the other half (probably much less than 50 percent) lives will delight in this book.” —Library Journal (Starred Review) "The novel offers a second helping of the social-climbing, jet-setting, wildly scandalous world that propelled Kwan's first book to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. With one exception—somehow it manages to outstrip the earlier work's excesses." ―Women's Wear Daily“Singapore-based sensation Kevin Kwan follows up his smash success, Crazy Rich Asians, which is currently being made into a film, with another sure-to-be hit. As with his first novel, Kwan takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the lives—and nuptial preparations—of absurdly wealthy society folks in mainland China.” —Readers Digest Canada“The much-anticipated sequel to Crazy Rich Asians (a great summer read in its own right), China Rich Girlfriend continues the tale of Rachel Chu and her upcoming nuptials to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia... With the same hilarity and scandalous narrative as the first novel, China Rich Girlfriend will not disappoint both fans and newcomers to the series.” —Town & Country “Last year Kevin Kwan introduced summer fun readers to a cast of characters entirely foreign but somehow familiar…In China Rich Girlfriend, he continues that story but throws into the mix the recently acquired fortunes of China that take to easy street like it’s a superhighway… They offer a taste of Asian opulence served with skewering humor. Delectable wretched excess.”–New York Daily News “What happens when the young woman destined to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor gets derailed by a shocking family secret? That’s what Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians) examines in this amusing, whirlwind novel about Rachel Chu, who discovers her long-lost father and falls headlong into a Shanghai — the fashion! the social climbing! the secrets! — wilder than her wildest dreams.” —The Miami Herald“Very enjoyable... Just as funny as Crazy Rich Asians, this globe-spanning tale of excess includes enough snootiness and class snobbery to fill a multitude of designer handbags. It’s a modern-day comedy of manners that highlights what it means to be ‘China rich’ as well as the things that money can never buy.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune From the Hardcover edition.