Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Hardcover | June 11, 2013

byKevin Kwan

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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.
 

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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 th...

Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore. He currently lives in Manhattan. Crazy Rich Asians is his first novel.Visit Kevin Kwan at www.kevinkwanbooks.com.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.62 × 6.45 × 1.4 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038567905X

ISBN - 13:9780385679053

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ostentatious Drag! As someone has already said : "There were too many descriptions of material possessions, which atually took up quite a lot of the prose of this book (almost to the point of redundancy), for me to rate it higher"
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy read, written well, not for intellectuals I am not a fan of romantic comedies as it is, and this book definitely fit within that genre. I got a bit bored at the end and a little irritated at the over dramatization of certain events. There's a ridiculous premise that certain grand gestures are romantic when they are only made possible by someone's access to a jet plane. This books was the equivalent of watching Valentine's Day on Netflix.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun vacation read Loaded this onto the Kobo to read going on long weekend getaway. Finished it before I got home. Lots of fun to read!
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read For a first novel...I enjoyed it. Sometimes you just want to read and be entertained and this book did just that. Goes well with a glass of wine and a great chair.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Rich Asians pulled me in I took this book on vacation for something light and it was strangely addicting. The travel and foreign cities was fascinating and the detail of the lives of the really crazy rich turned out to be fun. But the people and their lives are what now makes me want to read book 2. Fun and guilty pleasure. Go for it.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy rich Asians Very interesting worth the read and written well.Great insight on the caste system in Asia.Over all enjoye
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good soapy fun Great Singapore soap opera of a book, a very enjoyable read. Some reviewers have said the ending left questions but that's because there is a sequel coming--China-Rich Girlfriend. I will definitely pick up the sequel!
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining! This book was a pleasant surprise. Quite entertaining! The idiosyncrasies of the rich.....always good for a laugh!
Date published: 2015-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We can all relate. Im half Chinese and found it so true to form to speak English with sprinkles of Chinese mid sentence like in this book. It was funny. And for someone like me who was conceived in Singapore, born in Hong Kong, raised in the UK, and now living in North America, I found this book really related to me. Its funny how the places are displayed - for those familiar with them, it rings a chord and for those who have never been, a good snippet of various locales and customs. Im not crazy rich but I totally get this (in my last trip to HK I was told to wear at least 3 designer names at a time, or risk looking frumpy), and you dont have to be Asian to relate to characters in this book. It helps to understand the foreign phrases to really enjoy the mood-humour immediately (as opposed to looking up footnotes at end of chapters-bottoms of pages), but its not necessary.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining I truly enjoyed te book. The main charactors are very interesting and you begin to care for them as if they were long time friends. I can't wait for the sequel as I was sad that I was finalized the hook because I enjoyed it so mich.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I picked this up because I was looking for something different (white people get tired of reading about whites-only too). It was a satisfying read. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, which I normally don't tend to like, but it is written well and I didn't have too much trouble keeping the complex friend-and-family connections in order. Recommended, all though the ending leaves you wanting more out of the novel.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from beautiful description, weird plot This book is like taking a vacation to Singapore. The description is beautiful and decadent. The plot and characters however were under developed and the ending was abrupt.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Read - Couldn't put it down! Despite all the twist and turns in the family line Kevin Kwan somehow manages to emerge the reader into the family. I was so engrossed I could probably tell you how everyone is related! I feel a sequel is necessary because I really need to know what happened with Ah Mah, Eddie, Fiona, Astrid, Charlie and of course Rachel and Nick. Beautiful descriptive writing - you'll love it and feel tempted to book the next flight to Singapore!
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Rich Red Funny and over-the-top extravagant read. You will not be able to believe how some of these families live. A bright book perfect for those times when you just need a good escapist story.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interior view of rich asian families Such an enjoyable read. A look inside different generations of rich Singaporean families, and the ways their children grow up. Great gossipy story!
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much Fun! This book details I world I can barely even imagine living in and it was so much fun to read. Sometimes this type of novel can be predictable to the point where I put it down because I already know what's going to happen but this one kept me involved and excited even when I could see where the cards would fall. I can't wait for the movie!
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ IF YOU LOVE DRAMA.. Oh. My. Goodness! this book is so hilarious and entertaining! I can totally relate to this story, although I didn't come from a wealthy family, BUT it's so stereotypical of us Asians! especially those aunties or mothers gossiping with their girlfriends about something that's completely stupid. I recommend this to those who love drama, ESPECIALLY Korean dramas because it's simply like a kdrama in a book, Back stabbing, Love, Adventure, and disapproving rich mothers. (definitely reminds me of 'Heirs' and 'Boys over flowers') But I gotta say, if you're from the mainland china or Taipei girls, and you somehow are reading this book, you might be slightly insulted.... But the Singaporean food description is totally right, since my family is from Malaysia/Brunei/Singapore
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Rich Asians Fun light fiction sprinkled with interesting Asian customs and traditions.
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lol oh crazy rich asians..... was a good book, but i doubt it is just asians who are like this. good story and i liked the different character perspectives. rich people have the same problems as everyone even though people like to think they do not. problems and stress in family, acceptance, family, love, parent and child relationships, money, appearances, betrayal, back stabbing and manipulation. the other reviewers who were saying it is an asian version of gossip girl - YES you are right.  good book- funny, interesting story and characters. side note the food the author describes made me google them and oh boy delish!!! ENJOY THE BOOK!!
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Rich Asians Avery good novel for first book.Felt like did not want it to end.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Rich Asians Hilarious, eye-opening and it all "sounds" very real. A very entertaining and enlightening book, bringing many insights of the uppity society and definitions of rich. Good read! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Crazy Rich asians Very light but informative on life of the rich in Singapore
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Interesting and enjoyable book. The stories of the lavish spending and the privileged lifestyles were quite amusing. My only criticism was the very abrupt ending which left me feeling the book was incomplete.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This book which really relies heavily on stereotypes is still a fun read. I feel Kevin Kwan is making more of a statement about social class distinction which is common to all societies while still having fun with the eccentricities which are common but not unique to Asia.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Oh how (scandalously) Singaporean! Gossip Girl is pretty much what this book is, but I suspect even the rich and famous of the Western world will be dumbfounded by the lavishness of these crazy rich Asians. Not that I'm familiar with such extravagance even though I grew up in Singapore - such a world is mostly kept away from public eyes as any affluent Asian family with wisdom would choose not to flaunt their wealth in fear of attracting kidnappers and shady characters of the likes. Unless of course they are rich exhibitionists and pricks who like the attention, then we get the dramatics covered by "Crazy Rich Asians." I suppose my ties to Singapore gave me the impression that it would resonate with me greatly, and in a way it did. On plenty of occasions I exclaimed (in my head), "Oh how Singaporean!" Singlish terms and dialect slangs, the glorious delicacies and locales, all struck a chord with me. It even surprised me by how Singaporean it was since it struck me more than once how someone who has never lived in that country would understand the 'Singaporean-ness' of the whole setting. However, I liked it less than I thought I would. "Crazy Rich Asians" reminded me of some of the small-time novels published in the island city I'd read growing up. It was entertaining but nothing more, bogged down by too many characters of polar extremes, and filled with clichés, pompousness and self-indulgence. It wasn't the breakout Singaporean novel I had hoped for. But to be fair to it, if I hadn't gone in reading with any expectations, I probably might have rated it higher. It never did try to be anything more than what it was, and that is respectable. It was meant to be fun and scandalous, and it achieved that. Better as a summer read, and perhaps one day, even a soap show - MediaCorp Singapore, here's your next breakout local TV production!
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This will not improve your mind but it is mindless fun. Warning: Do not buy this as ebook. You won't be able tor read the footnotes when you are supposed to. And the footnotes are fun to read.
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decadent, funny! Rachel Chu didn't have a clue what she was agreeing to when her boyfriend invited her to Singapore for a wedding. She didn't know that Nicholas Young, a professor like herself, was an heir to a vast fortune he's to inherit someday. In reality, he's considered as Singapore's most eligible bachelor; hordes of unattached high society women are after him and all the while, Rachel assumed the reason why Nick never talked about his family was because he came from humble beginnings. Upon stepping on a flight for a summer-long vacation in Asia, the lavish business class accommodation should have been her first clue. Little by little and through the glaringly obvious opulence of their living arrangements in Singapore, Rachel finds out that she didn't know her boyfriend at all. It was Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Pride and Prejudice set in Singapore. Here's how this book started: a family of Oriental descent couldn't check in to their hotel because the concierge wouldn't honour their reservation. No big, yeah? But the hotel is no ordinary hotel. It's in London, where big shots and big money usually stay at. The concierge turned up his nose to the family because some Lady or Duchess was staying in the same floor of the penthouse the family have booked. The Lady wouldn't like it, he surmised. Drenched, cold and tired from the long flight, the matron of the family put in a call at home to relay their unfortunate circumstance. Her husband in turn, learned of the injustice his family had suffered under the hands of the concierge. The next logical step would've been to get them booked somewhere else - but nooooo. The man goes and buys the hotel right there and then, gets the soon-to-be former owner out of bed to formally welcome his family and then fire the concierge on the spot. I know right? The story is told through numerous points of view, which, to some may be confusing. But this actually works splendidly. Each family tells their stories, their legacies, and yes, their crazies. Though the majority of the novel revolved around Rachel and Nicholas, I was absolutely taken by Astrid's and Michael's failing marriage. Astrid comes from the richest pedigree, so everyone was surprised when she marries a former military man from a 'regular' family. Their story, in my opinion, is the epitome of what the book is about. Though her family accepted Michael, the pressure of living with a rich heiress soon got to him. The thought that no matter how much money he made as a self-made IT business partner, he could never amount to anything of worth. I didn't even try to put myself in his shoes, I could never understand what he did. In the end, I wished their story continued on. And trust me, you would want it to continue as well. Kevin Kwan opens a door to a side of the rich that I never knew existed. Gucci? Louis Vuitton? Forget them. These people will never be caught dead wearing them. Kwan effortlessly takes his readers from the high brow Manhattan to the sensual, extravagant Singapore. From the rich, spicy cuisines, magnificent mansions, luxury cars and picturesque islands. But he also showed the ugly undertones of being born below the wrung of the echelon. Prejudice against new money, American immigrants who made names for themselves in the States and those who was born outside of the acceptable breeding. If there's a book that you must absolutely read this summer, make sure this makes your list.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dallas meets Downton Abbey in Asia Crazy Rich Asians is like Dallas meets Downton Abbey in Asia. I can think of no better description. Nick’s best friend is getting married back in Singapore and he see’s this as the perfect opportunity to spend a summer with his girlfriend – Rachel – in Asia. And for her to finally meet his family. What he doesn’t tell her is that his friend’s wedding is the social event of the year, and that family he wants her to meet? They’re rich. Supremely rich. Crazy rich. It’s a fantastic premise and one that lives up to all your expectations – it’s hilarious, it’s smart, it’s well plotted and it offers some interesting insight and commentary into the lives of the super rich. Crazy Rich Asians is dramatic. I compared it to Dallas and Downton Abbey above. And those comparisons are totally apt – this book is full of twists and surprises but more importantly it’s filled with drama and scandal! It had me hanging onto every page waiting to see what this crazy group of people would do next. No one could be trusted and you were always waiting to see who would stab who in the back. This scandal is also what gives the book its comedic edge. Crazy Rich Asians is a satire and you can’t help but giggle at some of the over the top schemes that are carried out. Especially those of Nick’s mother and cousins. Crazy Rich Asians is chock full of interesting characters – some loveable, some intensely despicable. Normally when a book has such a huge cast of character I have trouble keeping them straight. When I read War and Peace I had to keep a special bookmark on hand with all the characters names and who they were so I could keep them straight in my head. But this didn’t seem to be a problem while reading Crazy Rich Asians. Everyone had such distinct personalities. I may not be able to recite everyone by name but I do remember who they are and how to connected to the larger plot. There is so much detail throughout this story. Kevin Kwan truly did a fantastic job of bringing Singapore to life on the page. From the architecture, to the food, to the clothes. It was brilliant. This was a whole different world to me. I’ve never been to Asia but after reading this book I am dying to take a trip over there. Particularly for the food. They ate so much food in this book and it all sounded fantastic. I also loved the footnotes. Scattered throughout the book they were used to explain slang, or menu items or just general customs. The footnotes were my favourite part of the book. They were funny and insightful and expertly placed – I never felt like I had to pause the story just to read them. Recommendation: Crazy Rich Asians is a funny and smart summer read. It’s definitely one you’ll want to throw in your beach bag or read out by the lake. Highly recommended. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Singaporean Gossip Girl Actual rating = 3.5 This was a nice, scandalous read. Without giving too much away, I liked that it ended without everything being wrapped up with a bow, without every character 'seeing the light' of their arrogant, snobby, classist ways. There were too many descriptions of material possessions, which atually took up quite a lot of the prose of this book (almost to the point of redundancy), for me to rate it higher. I do however believe there is a large audience out there looking for a soap opera-y, Gossip Girl type book for adults, and this one fits that bill perfectly
Date published: 2013-02-08

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“Crazy Rich Asians offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. . . . Mr. Kwan knows how to deliver guilty pleasures. He keeps the repartee nicely outrageous, the excess wretched and the details wickedly delectable.” —The New York Times “If you’re the sort who loves being swept away by jet-set stories of the fabulous life, complete with larger-than-life characters, fantastic fashion and plenty of intergenerational strife, Kevin Kwan’s satirical Crazy Rich Asians might deliver for you. It’s packed with the kind of outrageous, over-the-top imagery that’s bound to keep you on the edge of your beach blanket. Even the mighty Vogue magazine has deemed the debut novel ‘the summer’s splashiest read.’” —Jeanne Beker, Toronto Star “Both vivisection and valentine, it is the summer’s most sophisticated romp. . . . For full-stop fun, stop right here. . . . Everything about the book is big. . . . Crazy Rich Asians is an outrageous peephole into a world we mostly know from the pages of The Economist. . . . swimming in detail. . . . Crazy Rich Asians does succeed, indeed, as a snapshot of a culture and a time.”—National Post “Singapore native Kevin Kwan’s debut plays out like an extravagant romcom. Get swept into a culture of Rolls-Royces and ruthless high society in this lively page-turner. Based loosely on Kwan’s family, it shows what a mess money can make of things.” —Chatelaine   “Kwan's deliciously decadent debut, Crazy Rich Asians, works on two levels: It's about Asians who are crazy rich, and rich Asians who happen to be crazy. . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.” —Entertainment Weekly“The English Manor house novel gets flipped on its head in Kevin Kwan’s hilarious take on the lavish culture of Asia’s jet set. . . . It’s been compared to ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Dynasty’, and called ‘Dallas’ meets Pride and Prejudice, but it stands on its own as a original and zany social satire.” —Zoomer“Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners. You’ve got to like any novel set in Asia that includes, among many splendid one-liners, this amah’s admonition: ‘Don’t you know there are children starving in America?’ Of varying ethnicities but resolutely members of the 1 percent or aspiring, one way or another, to be so, Kwan’s characters are urban sophisticates par excellence, many of them familiar with the poshest districts of London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. Many of them are also adrift, with soulless consumerism replacing society: It’s Less Than Zero without all the coke. . . . A diverse set of characters and a light, unstrained touch move Kwan’s story along. . . . An elegant comedy and an auspicious debut.” —Kirkus (starred review) “Merit[s] a place on the must-read list of every development exec in town . . . Aimed at Bridget Jones lovers and those who got the satire behind Psy’s Gangnam Style.” —Andy Lewis, Hollywood Reporter  “High-quality first-time fiction . . . [An] instant favorite . . . Opulence and zaniness reign when one of Singapore’s richest bachelors invites his American-born girlfriend to travel from New York to vacation in his native country.” —O, The Oprah Magazine "Crazy Rich Asians is an unputdownably funny, original, modern novel. An outrageous satire of the Asian squillionaire set, this book is like a Chinese Dallas meets Pride and Prejudice. The combination of gold homewares, couture, private jets, absurd social rules and snobbery is utterly hilarious. I actually couldn't put this book down to eat or to watch Downton Abbey." —Plum Sykes, bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes“As spicily adventurous and lusciously satisfying as the renowned Singaporean street food Kevin Kwan's characters argue over; hot and sizzling, like the best satay, and dreamily transporting, like everyone's favorite dessert—goreng pisang. Feast on this outrageously funny and insightful novel of modern manners, and enjoy!” —Lisa See, bestselling author of Dreams of Joy and Shanghai Girls "Crazy Rich Asians is a shrewd, funny, sexy look at the spoiled jet-setter children of the Asian super-rich. It is at once a love story and a potent combination of vintage Jackie Collins and early Evelyn Waugh, everything you wanted to know about young people who have more fun, style and money than is good for them, and don't care a bit. A stunning debut." —Michael Korda, bestselling author of Charmed Lives and Queenie“Original and fun, Crazy Rich Asians is quite a roller coaster trip. I loved it!” —Jackie Collins, bestselling author of The Power Trip“Kwan’s debut novel is a fun, over-the-top romp through the unbelievable world of the Asian jet set. . . . A witty tongue-in-cheek frolic about what it means to be from really old money and what it’s like to be crazy rich.” —Publishers Weekly “Oh, the things you’ll learn about the super-rich and the even richer in Singapore from this delicious novel.” —New York Daily News