Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians

byKevin Kwan

Paperback | May 20, 2014

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"There's rich, there's filthy rich, and then there's crazy rich . . . A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family, the book hilariously skewers imperial splendor and the conniving antics of the Asians jet set." --People 
   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 Hong Kong Tatler; 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 Jet Set, 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, disgustingly rich.
Born and raised in Singapore, KEVIN KWAN has worked for Martha Stewart Living and Interview Magazine and in 1998 joined M&Co, where he developed commercial and cultural projects for such clients as The Museum of Modern Art, Vitra, and The New York Times. Kwan is the co-author of the nonfiction special markets hit Luck: The Essential Gu...
Title:Crazy Rich AsiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.98 × 5.16 × 0.92 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saw the movie first I saw the movie first and surprisingly thought the movie was better? That said, im probably biais because I saw it first!! The 2 followings were gold though!
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!! Greta book and page turner! Loved the style and the characters!!! Great insight too on how the other half live... and what crazy wealth some have accumulated... super!
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Humorous Romance I saw the movie before I read the book and it did spoil the novel on some level for me as I knew many of the scenes already, as well as the climax of the story. However, the book does have more than the film (as is always the case) so there were some new events for me (though not much). Some events in the film were not as described in the book - and I preferred the way Kwan had chosen to portray these happenings. Reading the book was such fun and within the first few pages I was laughing. Kwan has included footnotes in his writing and these are perfect to translate Cantonese or Hokkien expressions, as well as any actions that readers may not be familiar with. I loved these footnotes and often found myself smiling at the outrageous behaviour or expectation described. Crazy Rich Asians is definitely a fun read - but it is also a romance. A romance that has not often been described in mainstream novels as it is of a culture that has often been sidelined in the past. Even though it is funny and describes outrageous behaviour, Kwan is not cruelly mocking the rich Asian set. Instead, he gives us a snapshot of a sub-culture of society. I enjoyed reading of the American Born Chinese, Rachel Chu, who is totally unprepared for her entry into Singaporean society. Her experience describes so much the experience of the Chinese born out of China - an experience my husband himself has lived through. Kwan's characters were believable to me because because of my observation of Asians born in western countries. I was definitely holding thumbs for the two main characters in the novel: Rachel Chu and Nick Young. They should be together and yet there are so many obstacles in their way. Their story does not end in this novel as described in the movie and I knew at the end I had to delve into the second book of the series.
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this book long before the movie was released. The movie doesn’t do the book justice. Book is such a fun read. I couldn’t put it down.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy Read As a Crazy Middle Class Asian, I found this book hilarious.
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't know what I was thinking I bought this book because of the hype. I thought it would be like the shopaholic books but boy was I wrong. It was so boring, not funny and seriously just pissed me off talking about all this fashion and stuff I really don't know about that cost more then everything that I could own in my entire life. The characters are not lovely, the mothers are the worst, I could not finish this book. The hype made me buy it and I should have listen to myself and not try this one for once. I will learn hahaha.
Date published: 2018-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read! The book had a lot more detail to it in comparison to the film and some differences however both were great!
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read! I bought this book right before the movie came out. Though a fiction novel, I did learn a bit about Singapore. The footnotes were a bit distracting though. I did end up buying the next two books in the series.
Date published: 2018-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I read this because of the movie, I like to read the books before I consider watching a movie. I enjoyed it but it took about halfway through to be interested enough to consider reading the next book in the series. It takes a while to get used to the style and I've never been a fan of footnotes in fiction works it distracts from the story.
Date published: 2018-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Story, Not My Favourite Writing Style While I really like the story line (and the film was incredible), and though the rich descriptions made me feel like I was back in Singapore again, I found the writing skill to really bring down what would otherwise be an excellent book. There was a lot of jumping heads from one character to the next in a scene. It left me terribly disorientated and wondering exactly who it was I was meant to be following or care about. I didn't connect on a very deep level with the characters because I kept being 'told' what they were feeling rather than being 'shown' so that I could feel it through their body language, their word choice, their tone. There were too many points of view considering that the main two characters that really mattered where Rachel and Astrid (though I will say Elenor's view point was very interesting and educational in showing how people jump to conclusions and read things the wrong way). My final bug bear is that flashback scenes jump out at you like halloween skeletons, with absolutely no warning or segueway, mainly resulting in disorientation and distancing me from the present action. As I said, I think it will make an excellent movie, and the descriptions were on point and vivid, but the book just was not a awesome as I was expecting it to be.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! If you like family drama, you wont be disappointed! Also loved the movie!
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Crazy rich asians bought this and hoped for something more than a "real housewives" in book form, but, alas, it was just that with a whole lot of designer labels and very little story
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Great humor, great characters. Really enjoyed every moment of reading this
Date published: 2018-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I really loved reading this book, I enjoyed both reading the book and watching the movie. I would though read the book first.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Fun, read; very helpful family tree at the start to keep things from getting too confusing.
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved but confused I loved it but it was very confusing to read and to understand. I recommend to watch the movie first or read then watch. P.S my opinion
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this! 3.5* I really enjoyed the book better than I thought I would. But there were a few problems in it that prevented me from loving it. First, the story isn’t all about Rachel and Nick, there are a few underlining story lines from other characters perspectives. Now I understand why we see these other story lines, however at times I felt like it was too much. Eddie, for example, was a story line I didn’t care for not felt like it knowing that information contributed to the story. I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of “who are the Young’s” and where they get their money. However when Rachel confirms that’s Nick is ridiculously rich her reaction, I felt, was under played. I’m sorry but when you find out your boyfriend of two years is stupid rich and he never told you, that’s not something to brush off. Then Rachel gets mad when she hears about Nicks past relationships... he’s in his early 30s he has past relationships. I found that to be very immature and out of character for Rachel. The ending felt a little rushed... but overall a solid and realistic ending. I think this book could have been a good 100 pages shorter. Definitely a light and funny read and I will be picking up the next one!
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than the Movie Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the film, but the book was better in my opinion. I loved every minute. I liked knowing the more intricate details they didn't get to in the movie and I loved the differences.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was just ok for me I wanted to give it 2.5 stars, but the last 80 pages or so boosted my rating to a solid 3 stars. My expectations weren't too high, although I really enjoyed the movie (I watched the movie before reading the book). As another reviewer said, there was a lot of description of material possessions, brand names I've never heard of, which I just skimmed through. This wasn't a character-driven book, nor was it a plot-driven story; it was more so just the setting that set this book apart from others. 500+ pages of this seemed a little too much. I wish there were more scenes with just Nick and Rachel, especially in the beginning, so we, the readers, could learn about their personalities, how cute they are as a couple and grow attached to them so we could root for them.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romantic, Cute & Funny Crazy Rich Asians is a fun, comedic romance that opened my eyes to a whole new world! Before anyone asks, yes, I read this book because I saw the movie and loved it. Was the movie identical to the book? No. Was it still super cute and a great adaption? Yes. So, now that we're past the point that the movie introduced me to the book, onto my book review! I found this book to be the perfect mix of romance, comedy and knowledge! I absolutely loved being introduced to a variety of Asian words and concepts in this book. There aren't many books out there (that I have read, anyways) that make me feel like I've learned so much while having a good time! The book did feel soap opera-y, but I loved every second of it! I'm at the point that I'm desperate for the sequel, and can't wait to get my hands on it! The characters were interesting and all had crazy backgrounds, the drama was high, and the family values were intriguing. I have no idea how honest/true the Asian side of the story is, but it did make me more interested in Asian cultures. I love when books can open your eyes to a world you haven't thought about looking at before, so I give lots of praise to Kevin Kwan! Books like these truly deserve attention, because not only are they well written but they pull the minorities out of the background. Even if it's not totally accurate, I'm sure at least a few more readers can appreciate the Asian culture! This book could easily be binged (if you have time to read a 500+ page book). I seriously wanted to continue reading it, but I just didn't have time! That being said, every chance I got I was instantly glued to the pages. I loved Nick and Rachel, I loved Kerry, I loved Peik Lin, I loved Astrid and I loved every little description that Kevin Kwan had woven into this tale. I seriously felt for these characters all along the way (even the "bad guys"...sometimes...). I really hope the drama between certain characters (like Astrid's story) are expanded in the next books, because they were all so interesting! There wasn't enough pages to really see all of the characters! Luckily there are at least two more books to devour to learn a little bit more about my fave characters... There are some cons about this book, but for me it wasn't to hard to fly past them. The story jumps a lot between chapters (point of view, time changes, etc.). Also, some of the characters felt very... stereotypical (that's the best word I have for them right now). Is that necessarily a bad thing? No. But many other reviewers are complaining about parts of this book. To me, I didn't really care. It didn't take away from the fun of the story. Would I recommend this book to other readers? HECK YES! If you love romance, a splash of comedy, and Asian representation, then get on it! The movie just makes this book more in the spotlight, which should help it's sales. The book is dramatic, but it's a fun and wild ride! Also, I loved the cover. It's simplistic and yet perfectly summarizes the story in a weird way. Five out of five stars!
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Thing After Another This story doesn't skimp any detail, there are so many well written characters and I never get bored of reading it. Just when I think it's gotten as exciting as it can get, there is another surprise that just makes me go crazy all over again.
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Good choice if you are looking to take a break from more of a serious/dramatic read. The book is better than the movie.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drama Drama Drama Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu who decides to go on holiday to Singapore with her boyfriend to be his wedding date and meet his parents. IF only everything were that simple. Upon arriving Rachel finds out that her boyfriend Nick hasn't exactly explained everything about himself. His family is extremely wealthy (which is a bit of an understatement) and Rachel struggles with how to fit in. I enjoyed this novel and would definitely recommend it. Although I found that I was more in love with the alternate plot lines that were happening. My favourite character was Nick's cousin Astrid. I was more interested in how she grew up and her family situation and more concerned about her finding love than Nick and Rachel. There were other characters as well that I adored more than the main characters. Even then I really liked Rachel but found Nick to be kind of spineless for a majority of the novel. The dynamic of the rich and richer was interesting to read about. There were those who flaunted their wealth and those who were even richer who wanted to protect their privacy. On one last note I need to mention the food. The descriptions left me drooling and starving.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book before the Movie A must read before watching the film!! Such a funny and engaging book
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I thought this book was very clever. Different than what I am used to reading but very enjoyable
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Book This book was fun and I enjoyed reading it! I'm excited to read the rest of this series!
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! This book was so much fun to read! I really liked the characters and their different perspectives. I didn't want the story to end and immediately bought the next two books in the series because I couldn't wait to find out what happens to them! My only complaint about this book is that there are a lot of characters and it was sometimes difficult to keep them straight...the book was a lot easier to read in paperback than in ebook because it allowed you to easily flip back and forth between the story and the list of characters.
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drama galore! We all love a story that's juicy and filled with gossip and scandals. Loved how I got to read a book covering scandals with Asians and their scandalous and glamorous lives. Would say there were so many characters that it was hard to keep up with who's who (there's a family tree in the front to help). Not a big deal as can see this trilogy being books I would read more than once to catch more details each time.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book club winner Everyone in my book club loved it - a crazy fun time and an awesome read, got to get the sequel now!
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down This one hovered between a 4 and 5 star read for me, but I had to push it over the edge to a 5-star read because there is literally nothing bad that I can say about this book. The writing was fantastic. I loved the characters, I loved the relationships between them, I loved reading about the intricacies of leading such a lavish lifestyle (who gets seen with whom, who's wearing what, etc). It's quite a lifestyle to lead: none of your decisions are really your own; they all exist for the purposes of keeping up appearances. This is a rare read in which the setting is as much a character in the novel as any of the people. The various Asian cities and countries are described in such detail that they take on an important role of their own. I wasn't able to put this one down, and even ordered the two following books in the trilogy before I finished this one.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down I was laughing before Chapter 1. I normally read mystery and science fiction, however this book came to my attention as the movie came out. The title was intriguing and the written book is always better than movie versions... I thought I would give the book a read. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted!
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyable I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did as this isn't usually the genre I lean towards- however I found myself laughing out loud constantly and I was genuinely interested in what was going to happen to Rachael and Nick's relationship. The scandalous gossip and name-dropping of fashion labels were fun touches.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Saw the movie and wanted to read the book. Fantastic love story!
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wish I could get back the time I spent reading this book There is way too much time afforded to describing what people are wearing and reactions to "climactic" events are ridiculously overly dramatic. Characters are one-dimensional (since the most important thing about them is the clothing brands they have on) and apparently everyone has the emotional intelligence of a spoiled 16 year old girl. I was bored. I will say that if you like rom-com, Gossip Girl-esque entertainment, then you probably would like this book. This particular genre just happens to not be my cup of tea (to each their own). I'm happy to see more Asian representation in pop culture though so hopefully this demonstrates the marketability of more nuanced cultural commentary.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal A round of applause for Kwan please. I've had this book on hold at the library for quite a while, and when I found out it was going to be a movie I was rather disappointed because I thought the hype surrounding the book and movie might cause me to dislike the book because I'd be comparing it to this grand spectacle. But this book was good. Kwan is an extremely talented writer. The descriptions, the friend, family, and frenemy dynamics are written so perfectly. The gossipy culture... wow. Such a great read, looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!! Loved this book! Never a boring moment, with some humor and great story. Would recommend it. On the top of my fav book list. Running out to get the rest of the trilogy. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite summer read! I loved this book, and the rest of the trilogy. Its gossip girl, meets the real housewives, meets keeping up with the Kardashians, but with waaay more money! Its gossipy, snarky, and everything you would want in a good summer read. The only downside I found was that it was difficult to keep track of all the characters and connections between each (despite Kwan's family tree positioned at the beginning of the book).
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from cute story interesting story. the book is so much better than the movie.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED!! This book was so fun! I loved it! I loved Rachel's character and how she didn't back down.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo funny! Read this book summer last year and I still remember how funny it is! The movie is great but imho no where near touches the extravagance and wealth that the young family actually has in the books. Totally a feel-good, fairy-tale, and heartwarming book :)
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Full of laughter, and reliability, this is just such a fun read!
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! The book is so much better than the movie. I was instantly drawn to Rachel's character. She is so devoted to her beliefs and goals. Loved it.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was good and i can't wait to read the other 2
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read! I just couldn't put down this fast-paced book so I devoured the book in one day. Also love the other two books in the series and now can't wait to watch the movie!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I read this before the movie came out, you should definitely too! The movie looks really good too, but I'm pretty sure the book is better. Great characters, interesting story, and loved the setting.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Crazy Rich Asians is such a funny book - especially the parts in the footnotes. I can't wait to see the movie and read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Such a great book - it'll leave you laughing, crying, and turning the pages so fast! Can't wait to see how the movie compares.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick read This was the perfect quick little read for a weekend away!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read The story is very interesting and detailed. I loved the romance and humor and I can't wait to read the following books
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I bought this book to read it before I saw the movie and I'm so happy about it! This book made me cry and laugh within minutes of each other and I just could not put it down. The plot kept me addicted to the story and I cannot wait to read the next books in the series.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am in LOVE! This is such a funny and witty book, I love the way the author writes. The East Asian stereotypes and Cantonese used are so true and funny, so on point and relatable. Thank you for poking fun them all, Kevin Kwan. An easy and addictive read!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book! I bought this book earlier in the summer and absolutely loved it! such a fun read, with lots of detail and laughable moments. #plumreview highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this! They've done a lot of promoting for this book and with the release of the movie. I decided to buy the book before watching it live on the big screen and so far it has not disappointed me. The book is cute and very entertaining. Vey focused on the asian culture and teaches you a lot about it. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this! I'm glad I went into this not thinking it was a straightforward romance because that's not what this is at all. While I definitely loved the relationship between Rachel and Nicholas, it's much more complicated than that and covers a vast variety of topics. Rachel, Nicholas, Astrid and Colin were my favourites, but I absolutely loathed Eddie and Bernard. God they were douchebags. While I live in a city that is predominately East (and South) Asian and thought I knew a lot about the cultures from friends and colleagues, there are so many more intricacies that I was unaware of. It makes me want to learn more because there is so much out there from the bubble I live in. I'm excited to read the next books in the series and I'm absolutely stoked to see the movie!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much fun. I read this because I knew the movie was coming out... and I was not disappointed. Loved the range of characters that Kevin Kwan created (and wow, he is able to get inside the head of a range of characters!). Loved the footnotes that both enrich and entertain the reader. I consumed this book, and then went out and bought the sequel and was equally entertained. I just hope they make the next two books into movies too!!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty amazing i bought this book on whim and I'm so happy i did, loved it. bought the other 2 in the series
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from could not put it down wondered what all the hype was about but realized i couldn't put it down and purchased the other two books right away... then went to watch the movie on the opening day and was NOT disappointed!
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I bought this just before the movie came out and was not disappointed! The book is written from an omniscient perspective and follows multiple story lines so you will never be bored. If you're looking for a book full of romance and drama, look no further!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read while waiting for a plane I read this while waiting to board my delayed flight. By the time we were ready to board I had read 3/4 of the book and rushed off to grab the second book to read on my flight! The description of food made me so hungry!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this on a whim because the movie was coming out but I'm so glad I read it. It was fun and there were surprises I didn't see coming. I'm very excited to read the next books in the series.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Really good story, well written and fun to read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun Read this book in one sitting. It was so entertaining!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read! I couldn't put this book down! The characters and story line are an easy read.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I needed a nice easy summer read and this book did not disappoint. A great romantic comedy that had me enthralled from beginning to end. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exaggeration, but Insightful My parents immigrated from China before I was born, and raised me in a predominately white, small town in southern Ontario. I had very little exposure to my own culture, and I thought my family was strange in comparison to those of my friends. But since moving to Toronto, I have a better understanding that my family is a typical Chinese family. Reading Crazy Rich Asians was eye-opening read for me. I acknowledge that all the characters' mannerism and actions are exaggerated (unless I just haven't been exposed to people like those in the book), but they are also very insightful of Chinese culture --- of how my family think, believe, and behave. It's nice to finally have a popular novel that's both funny and real to me, and I've recommended it to all my cousins.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but I thought it would be a good easy read. I couldn't put it down! It's a part of a trilogy but the author did a great job of ending the book in a way you are curious to read the next one but you can also read just this one and be done. He does a great job of keeping it realistic but also explaining to the reader certain words or foods that the reader might not know.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Rich Asians This was such a great book. I couldn't put it down; I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. Kept me entertained the whole time. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very entertaining The writing was a little juvenile but otherwise very interesting. I loved reading about Chinese culture because it's something I know very little about. I'm eager to pick up the next 2 books.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series Love this series. It was LOL funny and entertaining.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was a great book When reading this I loved how I could relate to Rachel and her life with my mom being an asian immigrant and there were little sayings in Chinese that I knew so it helped enhance my reading experience.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a good read Quick read. Hilarious insight to asian family dynamic
Date published: 2018-08-09
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and exciting read A nice, easy read which I would highly recommend for a vacation or a relaxing weekend. It has a lovely story, which is very funny and dramatic. Also gives a nice look at Asian culture and tradition.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Juicy Read but Lacking in... This book touches on so many Asian American issues like the economic differences that we as race face within itself in such a fun and gripping way. The only problem (and the reason for such a low rating) is that characters seem to be very shallowly written. Just because characters are superficial. doesn't mean that they should be written that way. Kwan writes about a LOT of characters and I think because of the scale of it all the author gets lost in how to convey depth so characters end up being very 2D. In the entire series I only really cared about Rachel, Nick, and Aubrey as they have the most character development and interesting plots.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny! This was fun! Lots of characters, but it was just a very fun read in general
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light hearted summer read This book was fun to read, though it did drag on a little too much... One of my issues with this book is that it had so many characters, I kept forgetting who was who, keeping up with many characters is not an issue for me when the characters are explained well and are significant, but here there were a ton of characters for the sake of having a ton of characters. Another thing that bothered me was that it would shift perspectives in a character's chapter ie if I am reading a chapter in Rachel's pov in the middle of the chapter it would randomly switch pov to another character very drastically, it was weird... It was an alright read, definitely a fun summer read
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Summer Read I ordered this impulsively online! The storyline was great. I also loved the mixture of characters the book had. Great summer read. Looking forward to the movie.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious This book was amazing! I really love the extraness of the characters. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hilarious Read it for a bookclub and enjoyed it. Quick read, content is not too deep
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hilarious typical chinese tween drama come to life! can't wait for the movie
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty funny and easy read This book was pretty funny - looking forward to watching the movie
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read with some funny moments I picked up this book months ago because I was curious about the buzz around the movie. It's one of the rare occasions in which I think maybe the movie will be better. The pacing of the book was a bit slow to start and I couldn't connect with the main character right away BUT the author makes up for it with his supporting characters! The main character encounters a vibrant line-up of characters that kept me entertained. Kevin Kwan did organized the different story lines well and some of them felt like friends of mine. It's certainly not the Great American Novel or the next YA fad, but it's a fun read nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Read I've had this book for awhile, but waited to read it. I'm so glad I did. Witty drama, hilarious writing and even funnier footnotes. There are so many characters and levels to the story, but the author did an amazing job at organizing it all.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop laughing It was hilarious. Couldn't put it down till finished. Everyone can relate to it
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read I had heard super good things about this book, and really wanted to read it, I was happily surprised with this author! It was a new character dynamic, I loved it. The only little thing with this book is that its not just the story of two people, its about multiple people, and every chapter brings on a new character.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, not Great I enjoyed this book well enough, but it definitely didn't blow me away. When the sequels came out, I didn't feel any need to read them, although now that they're making this a movie, I may give them a try.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious read Keeps you on your toes kind of book. The footnotes are both informative and hilarious. Coming from an Asian background makes a lot of the traditions and rules very relatable. Descriptive words paint a beautiful picture of each and every setting, character, and scene
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light-read Just such a good book. Really recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good romance novel
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I had a lot of fun reading this. Love the plot and setting. Felt like I was transported to a crazy rich Asian world.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really fun read I bought this after watching the trailer - was totally blown away by the lifestyle, glitz and glamour of these characters
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable As a Western Asian, I could relate on some things with the culture norm. Even though not everything was relate-able, I can understand where it's coming from. Pretty easy read and quite enjoyable. Read this duration my vacation on the beach.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a fun read nothing much to it, just a nice, fun, relaxing read if not a bit ridiculous. I enjoyed it, i just didnt get the excited need to read it or the flat feeling once an amazing book is done!
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from About time I may not be a mainland or Singaporean Asian but I am a western Asian and for me this book was great. Definitely enjoyable for me and it's about time there was a mainstream book that is fun, scandalous and easy to digest. Loved it.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I just finished this book ...I have had the book for a while and DFN-ed it for some time before finishing it. Not a page turner for me.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's fine to pass the time I got suckered into reading this book by a friend who never tailors her recommendations. It's fine. The love story is compelling, and the relationships between the characters are deep and rich. The dialogue is terrible for the most part. There are many instances of the writer trying to write "young" and using vernacular phrases that were not popular with people in that age bracket at that time. The focus on material items is tedious and monotonous. You'll find yourself slogging through pages of insipid name dropping and information about clothing, watches, cars, etc. I had to remind myself that this book was written in the mind set of billionaires, and these are the details that probably are important to a different class of people but it does become boring at times. Many of the characters motivations are highly unrelateable, but I am led to understand that some of the family dynamics are quite accurate. It's a perfectly acceptable way to kill some time and by no means is a book I regret having purchased. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from easy summer read but a bit sterotypical and not the best writing good for killling time but not for anything of substance. good that it's repping asian but hopefully not in a negative light.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I started this book and didn't even get to the half way point. too many characters and too much flipping and flopping between the characters that it got confusing....not my favourite book at all
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly good! I blind bought this, thinking it sounded interesting and satirical. It had me laughing plenty while reading it, and I was hooked. I read it in just a few days, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book is so so funny! as a chinese person born in north america, i love how i could relate to parts of the book even though i'm definitely not crazy rich. also loved the footnotes #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick, fun, easy read This is such an entertaining book! A great book to read while on the daily commute or by the pool.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable The book was pretty relatable on certain aspects and quite humorous. The only downside was all the names that got a bit confusing in the beginning.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Connection I love this book which reminds of my culture. Worth reading
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Great summer read! Perfect book to enjoy for all ages, adults and teens.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this series!!! It was our book club choice...and I wasnt sure what to expect! So happy I followed through and read....have encouraged so many others to do so since! A FUN light hearted series! Must summer read!!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! If you're looking for an easy-breezy summer read, look no further! Crazy Rich Asians is funny and fast-paced with larger-than-life characters. I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out in August! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little tough to get into but good overall There are a lot of characters to wrap your head around, and a little too much detail on clothing and furniture, but overall a nice read. The two main story plots had nice little twists and I loved how Singaporean/Chinese culture (e.g., language, food, mannerisms) were thrown in there with footnotes. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laughed out loud I found this book so funny! I couldn't stop laughing. The prologue will make an amazing opening to movie. I can envision it on the big screen perfectly.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Summer Read This book was very entertaining! I flew through it in a few days and could not put it down. I also found it incredibly well written, which is a plus as I find that other authors in this genre do not put in the same effort. Overall, this was a great book
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Summer Read Very cute story! I have to admit that all the characters were quite confusing at times and the big family secret at the end was somewhat easy to guess. A very nice summer read with lots of insights on the life of Singapore's rich. I typically read teen books, but this was a nice introduction to adult fiction books. *I am an Indigo employee however, it does not bias my opinion in any way*
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Being Asian myself, I could relate to some of the things in this novel. I loved the story and detail in the writing. It was warm, funny, romantic, and fun (like the perfect boyfriend). I can't wait to see the film adaptation and read the subsequent novels!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictably good 3.5 stars: It was a good read but it was really hard to initially get into. There are so many names and references in the beginning to keep track of I had to re-read it (and admittedly, has to refer back to a few times). It grips you with the gossip and the lavish settings and insights into the elite. But the overall plot was predictable (as it should be for the type of story it is). I've gone on to read the second in the series and started the third. Overall the first one is the best in my opinion this far.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO Addicting!! I was at the theatres and I saw the trailer for the movie adpation and once I got home I knew I had to order the book and give it a read, needless to say I could not put the book down! I finished it that same day and I was so incredibly entertained. It's easily one of the best, most light-hearted and entertaining books I've read in a while! I would give this a million stars if I could!!!!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book I started reading the book as I have heard of it a few years back and decided it was time to read it. Amazing book and a very easy and fun read. Its funny and dramatic and I could not stop reading it.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good but typical I picked this book up because my friends were all reading it. If you read the A-List, this book has a similar plot. The book was slow to start to build up character but towards the end I found myself unable to put the book down.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am obsessed Upon receiving a stellar recommendation from a friend and seeing the totally enticing trailer for the upcoming movie, I decided to start the book. Turns out it is one of the best series that I have ever read and I tore through the trilogy in a week! Jaw dropping, sassy, and thought-provoking all in one. I'm praying to Kevin Kwan to throw a fourth book to all the readers who are as hungry for more as I am!
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heard about the movie ...and had to get my hands on the triology! Absolutely hilarious. The world in which these characters live in is jaw dropping.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scandalous Read... LOVE this trilogy from Kevin Kwan....amazing look at how the rich survive betrayals and first world problems! Can hardly wait for the film!!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this one! And read the sequels! I bought this book after hearing Kevin Kwan interviewed on CBC Radio. The book was a delight and I can't wait for the movie. I quickly bought the two sequels and enjoyed them too!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put this book down Finally caved and read this book. I regret waiting as long as I did - this was a great book.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I really loved this book. The book really keeps you captivated and its so hard to put it down.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, witty read! Fun summer read with great description that make you feel like you are there The characters jump off the page and take a life of their own.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read Perfect for summer reading. It's light hearted and funny as well as an easy read.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and witty. Love it! Saw the trailer of the movie and decided to buy the book. Very impressed! This book gives you a fascinating insight of their crazy lives, in the most outgoing way possible.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lighthearted book! I got drawn into the cosmopolitan world and I tore through this book in two days. It's fast paced and lighthearted. Singaporean Gossip Girl that feeds into my girly shopaholic side
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and Famous Cant get enough of this book! Such a page turner, I could not put it down!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Summer Reading Sometimes you need a fun, juicy satire to read. Crazy Rich Asians delivers in spades. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review on GR! Mini review: GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Read the World Trigger warning: Mention of kidnapping and abuse. I didn't know much about this book save it becoming a movie. When I saw the trailer I was hooked! I listened to the audiobook sample it sealed the deal! I am happy to say that I enjoyed this! Rachel and Nick have been dating for two years. Nick asks Rachel to come with him to Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Rachel agrees. Little does she know that Nick is one apart of the one of the richest families in Singapore and what exactly this trip entails for her. I had such a blast listening to this book! Crazy Rich Asian's is what you would expect shows like Gossip Girl to be. The difference here is that Crazy Rich Asian's is much better. The culture was so much fun to read about! I enjoyed the site seeing and the mention of food. I loved Rachel! She was so sweet and down to earth. While also being intelligent. Nick isn't you're stereotypical new adult/adult love interest. I found him to be genuine. And if he ever hurt Rachel it wasn't romanticized. Their relationship was fun to read about! The antics that some of Nick's family members pull was hilarious! Yes it was utterly ridiculous the length's Nick's mother went to find out info about Rachel. Yet it was such a blast to read. There are multiple point of views. You don't just follow Rachel and Nick. Which I felt added to the experience. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Crazy Rich Asian's! I will definitely be continuing the series. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Quick, fun read. Entertaining, but nothing spectacular.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I couldn't put the book down b/c i wanted to know what would happen next. I cannot wait to read the next series.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but picks up I have to admit I found this a bit of a slow, boring read in the beginning but about halfway through it picked up and got much better! I definitely can not wait to see it portrayed in film and I'm moving on to reading the sequel!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely True! This was such a quick and easy read that made me laugh out loud so many times!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I've read all 3 novels and they are brilliant. Cant put it down. If you love humour, backstabbing and shopping this series is for you!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very, VERY Light Read The book was fun, perfect for a beach day or when you don't want to have to think too much about the book or get too emotionally invested. Nice, light read, just not my typical stuff.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It This book was so engaging and I honestly couldn't put it down. A real page-turner with lots of drama, scandal and intrigue. I would definitely recommend reading this book!
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring. This book was not funny like I thought it was going to be. I wasn't interested in it, so it took me a long time to read!
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay i've only just started reading this so it may get better but i was drawn to it after seeing the movie trailer. the movie looks hilarious and i hope it does really well but this book hasn't quite caught my interest yet.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wished it was better Copied and pasted from my goodreads account because I couldn't have expressed my disappointment in this book any other way. I picked up the book because 1.) I've heard about it for years 2.) it's one of the few mainstream books with an all-Asian cast in a contemporary setting, and 3.) I love Constance Wu who will be the main lead in the movie adaptation. However, Crazy Rich Asians has more dangling plot lines, poor pacing, parades of useless characters, awkward dialogue, and an unsatisfying/weird ending than Tommy Wiseau's The Room. I shouldn't even compare Crazy Rich Asians to The Room, which is at least so-bad-it's-good. I basically powered through this thing because of Asian solidarity but, man, it was so bad. This book should have been streamlined. There is no reason for it to be 527 pages. The description of the book states how Rachel Chu, a New Yorker, is in the surprise of her life when she discovers her partner, Nick Young, and his family live extravagant lives back in Singapore. I was expecting the story to follow Rachel (the fish out of water that the audience could relate to), Eleanor (Nick's judgemental and traditional mom who doesn't approve of her son's choice in women), and possibly Nick and his close cousin Astrid (who would be on Nick and Rachel's team while they navigate Singapore's rich elite). Instead we got an endless amount of perspectives from all of these random, unimportant characters with their own useless subplots that did nothing to move the story along or even conclude. I was hoping to see how Rachel and Astrid would interact in Singapore but Astrid was dealing with her husband's affair, who wasn't even cheating on her. He was just some coward who was too intimidated by Astrid's looks, money, and family to realize that she loved him. This dragged out subplot ended when one of Astrid's exes told her to wait it out because her husband would surely come running back once he realized that he was too used to married life with a beautiful, rich woman to ever return to civilian life. Like wow, that's so assuring. The book constantly introduces characters that like Rachel, bond with her, but then disappear a chapter later or never talk to her again and I don't understand what the point was. Rachel and Eleanor don't even meet until page 316, which is over half of this bloated book. We don't even get to Colin's wedding, the whole reason why Rachel and Nick are in Singapore by the way, until page 359. Instead we get endless descriptions of brand names, companies, titles, and designers. I actually skipped entire pages because it was nothing but names that didn't add anything to the story. I understand this is a book about rich people who spend money on expensive and luxurious things but I wish Kevin Kwan spent as much time crafting his book as he did name-dropping every fashion designer possible. Just because characters are rich doesn't mean they're one-dimensional but these characters were awful. They were so hollow. The book makes you naturally root for Rachel but eventually I didn't care what happened to her either at the end. She got so angry because some girls were rubbing in her face that they once had sex with Nick, which is awkward and uncomfortable, but she was ready to break up with him for it. The things those rich socialites put Rachel through wasn't even that bad. Yes, putting dead fish organs in her bag was mean but that was kinda it. What Eleanor did by airing out Rachel's family history was rude and invasive but everything else that the other characters dished out could have been easily ignored. I honestly feel like I wasted my time and I only wished I could have DNF-ed this book. Or at least know to skip all of the chapters that weren't labelled Rachel, Nick, or Eleanor.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I really enjoyed this book and gave me the desire to go to Singapore. Nice easy read. I gave 4 stars only because the author introduces too many characters at once so it gets confusing at the beginning. Takes a while to understand all the relationships. He also uses a lot of Asian slang so have to look up what it means.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book! Growing up, there were only a handful of stock media representations of Asians, my ethnic group. Crazy Rich Asians portrayal of Asian culture is so truthful. It is done in such a fun way. I bought the book because a friend recommended it and I am glad I did. Theres nothing like this out there. I highly recommend reading this if you haven't.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the hype I LOVE this series. I was so drawn into the story because there is so much truth in how Kwan portrays the Asian culture. Nick's family is a riot! Very funny story with lots of over-the-top characters. I can't wait to see the movie adaption.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilarious LOVED this book! It was hilarious and easy to connect to. Loved reading stories that take me back to home, away from home.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from amazing book This is such an amazing book! I was looking forward to it because I heard about it through the promotions for the movie (all Asian cast!!) and decided to read the actual books themselves. In an interview, Constance Wu really recommended the book because of the different plotlines you don't actually see in the movie -- super excited!
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting The title of the book caught my attention. good read
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from fine This was ok, but I was expecting more. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Asian Pride and Prejudice Such a thrill to read, gave me serious modern Pride and Prejudice vibes. All the characters were complete riots, and a really fun read.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book was a great read! Once I picked it up, I could not put it down!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read I started reading this book when I heard the movie version was going to come out. I thought it was ok. The movie should be good; can't wait to see how they incorporate all the details of this book.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved this book I wanted to read this book before the live action comes out and I'm so glad I did. This book was amazing, funny and entertaining. the characters are wonderful, l loved Nicolas and Rachel.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining and easy read! I actually listened to the audiobook version of this. I would highly recommend doing so because I definitely got more engrossed in it and made me want to finish the series faster. One of my fave light reads!
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As funny as the other two This is the first of the three books, but the second I read. As funny, and witty as the other two. The family chart in the front of the book is essential to understand the family connections. I gained much insight in a culture that is exotic to me.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily my favourite book this year I loved this book tremendously. Nick and Rachel are everything
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pick it up! Loved it! A bit confusing to follow each character at first but once you get into it it is amazing. He has humour and scandal, making it the perfect beach read.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An average easy read It was moderately entertaining, and an easy read. Character development wasn't as scandalous or as deep as I would have liked. That said, very happy to see a bit more diversity of authors and characters making it to top sellers. I like it enough to want to read the others in the series, but probably won't read this one a second time.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read I really enjoyed the story, though it followed a tried and true path that similar stories take without any new curve balls. Despite this the plot was great and kept me reading the book. The writing was really great, though over time I was getting thrown off by the Chinese words inserted into the story (they are explained the first time but I couldn't remember what past defined words meant). The characters and drama was deliciously terrible and juicy. I both loved and disliked Nick. He was so clueless about certain things. It was interesting to see the dynamics of the characters in how they interacted with each other and the dynamics between different Asian cultures. You can tell the Kwan really knows his stuff. Overall I was surprised at how fun I found this book and how much I really enjoyed reading the story.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes Please A great way to start off a series. It captivated me, from the beginning. I couldn't stop laughing. A quick and funny read, definitely worth a shot.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down Highly entertaining, funny, and loveable characters. I legit could not put this book down!
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from super fun! I really enjoyed this book! It's super fun and entertaining!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Funny A GREAT READ THAT WAS FUNNY AND WONDERFUL
Date published: 2018-01-17

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Crazy Rich Asians: • "Over-the-top funny and a novelty to boot. . . . Kwan delivers nonstop hoots about a whole new breed of rich, vulgar, brand-name-dropping conspicuous consumers, with its own delicacies, curses, vices, stereotypes and acronyms." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times • "Crazy Rich Asians is like Dynasty on steroids with more private jets, bigger houses, and a lot more money. It is the very definition of a beach read. I finished it over a weekend and by the end was longing to see the ridiculously extravagant and over-the-top world that Mr. Kwan had created." --Michael Carl, Vanity Fair