Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians

byKevin KwanRead byLynn Chen

Audio Book (CD) | June 11, 2013

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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.
Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore. He currently lives in Manhattan. Crazy Rich Asians is his first novel.
Title:Crazy Rich AsiansFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.92 × 5.1 × 1.11 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804127646

ISBN - 13:9780804127646


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series The plot was fantastic and I was unable to put the book down. I loved it and was looking forward to reading the next book.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, Funny, Easy Read It was hard to put down. It has a good story line. I also wish I was rich now.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner The character building and descriptions in the series are amazing. You get so drawn into the story-line; legit laugh out loud moments while reading this. After reading the whole series I know the movie won't be nearly as good or detailed....but the books sold me so I'll check out the movie whenever it comes out and drag my bestie along.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Didn't think I'd like it but after reading the first book, I quickly went out and got the other two. Finished them all over a weekend. Great characters, fun read!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining! Wanted to give this a read before the movie comes out and it did not disappoint. Though some parts are over the top, that's what makes it hilarious!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Reading this book felt like watching one of those fantastic rom coms that you want to watch whenever you're feeling down, since they always help lifting you up. Crazy Rich Asians is the perfect summer read, and it gets you hooked as early on as the prologue. Bubbly like champagne, it also addresses hard hitting subjects like racism and classism, whilst still remaining light and extremely funny. I'm honestly having difficulty writing a good review due to how much I loved this book. It was like candy, and I can't recommend it enough to everyone and their mother. (Appropriately enough, my mother also adored this book.)
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from epitome of a crazy rich asian. Kevin Kwan really nails it - this is one of the most entertain books i had read. i remember bringing with me as a beach read and told myself i'd come home for the second book. two days in i regretted not bringing the sequel with me. one may think that he's exaggerating the scenarios and the extend to which the 1% spends their time and money - but i can confirm, he has not. he truly grasp how the 1% live within Asia, i probably haven't laughed more reading a book. i don't really want to go into details and ruin the book, as i'm sure there's hundreds of reviews out there. but you if are Asian or wish to learn more about the 1% of the rich Asians, all while being entertained, this book is a MUST. the book is now being produced into a film, i am eager and nervous to see if it will live up to the book and how they will bring the extravaganza onto the big screen!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALAMAK I was absolutely addicted to this book! Kevin Kwan you genius entertaining son of a gun! Amazing story! Amazing characters! To be honest I was a little overwhelmed with how big the cast was in the first few chapters then I realized... It wouldn't be a truly Asian book with that much family members to intro to people.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Read! Highly recommend, I finished this book within 5 days, I could not put it down! I describe it to my friends as an adult Gossip Girl set in Asia. Easy read on the beach or at the cottage
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read! Too many characters in the family tree was a bit confusing - but I enjoyed this book tremendously! I couldn't finish the entire book all in one go - but it wasn't for lack of trying! I bought the sequel right away - cant wait to start it!
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE One of my favourite books. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It was a nice, light read. The story is funny and enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Greedy As in you can't put this book down, you'll greedily finish this book in one sitting if you could. Unimaginable characters you'll love and hate or love to hate! A total summer fling kind of read by the beach in a lounge chair. It's fun, slightly romantic and juicy in gossip. Like People magazine turned Asian.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Fun Read At first I was skeptical of this book- the "about" section didn't quite sell me, but upon the urging of my sister, I decided to give it a shot. While the plethora of characters resulting from a dizzying family tree can be hard to keep up with at times, this book never fell short in providing good laughs on almost every page. Although I may take some of the "Facts About Asians" littered throughout the book with a grain of salt, this book provides a satisfying, light, and fun read.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down Such a fun read. I also grew up in a similar world (though no way near this crazy rich) so it was fun reliving this. I also appreciated the historical reference that was a lot more accurate than I expected !
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Such a great summer page turner :)
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read Really loved this book - it was a fun, easy read.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a good read before going to bed. Funny, typical "rich" flaunts and gossips. It's seriously imagining a series of Singaporean comedy-romance drama. Really can't wait till the book is fully turned into a movie!
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This was such an entertaining read. The whole plot line is over-the-top, à la Gossip Girl or Real Housewives, but had me laughing out loud at times. I admit I was initially overwhelmed by the family tree and skipped most of the footnotes which didn't add much to the story. The odd Asian word here and there reminded you of the nationality in question, but otherwise the book is about a far fetched, unbelievably wealthy family whose be all and end all is money, money, money! Poor Rachel is thrown into the mix as a lowly civilian and the drama ensues. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun book nice light read for summer
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read! This book is such a light and fun read. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the sequel. I enjoyed it right from the start!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Hard to get into at first, but once I did I couldn't put it down. A very funny and entertaining book. Loved it after all! Cant wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny This is an awesome beach/vacation read! Great book.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from easy read, but not much substance Endless parading of luxury brand names and private clubs
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it Fun r ad for a sunny day or relaxing evening. You won't stop laughing
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed! I enjoyed this book, although it was a bit confusing at first with so many characters and families. Definitely lots of drama and humour.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun beach read! Fun read, couldn't put the book down! Thoroughly entertaining - great light read!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read great read. a bit long, gets a bit confusing with the asian slang. funny but also emotional, can't wait for the sequels and the movie!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I couldn't finish it, it felt a bit cringey and tacky to me. However, all the Malaysian/Singaporean slang used in the book was pretty on point from what I read.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series I enjoyed this book so much. Highly recommend it to all my friends. A great summer read
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Addicting! This book was like watching a soap opera unfold before your eyes! The characters are all great and their stories get you hooked within the first few chapters. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Golden Pearl I stumbled upon this novel a couple years ago by accident while browsing the shell on Goodreads. I bought the book and couldn't put it down. Who knew a whole other side of society lived like that across the world? The luxury in Gossip Girl or the A-List can't even compare. Te royalty of Hollywood in reality don't compare. I reread it a couple days ago in preparation of the publication of the third of the trilogy and I remembered why I fell in love with the writing. You can't help but fall in love with Rachel and laugh at Nick's typical guy cluelessness! Anyways to wrap can't wait for the movie production since I've its news!!!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loads of fun, lots of laughs From the first page to the last page this book is very entertaining. It will definitely have you laughing out loud. A really good story. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fabulous! This book was an amazing read, especially while on vacation. I would recommend this to any girl looking for a laugh and intrigue. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in the crazy rich lifestyle that Kwan depicts. Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Radon browse buy, absolutely adored it! Bought the sequel the next day, cannot wait for the new one to come out in May! Loved the spoiled materialistic characters and the love stories. Especially Astrid's character, she deserves her own novel in my opinion...please!? #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from funny..? just didn't like how materialistic these characters are.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS BOOK This book caught my attention page after page. Well written. A UNIQUE story...loved this book.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favourite Books I quickly became a Kevin Kwan fan after this light-hearted, fully entertaining read. Crazy Rich Asians is a perfect mix of scandalous socialite living, sweet romance and dysfunctional family drama. I love the way it references a variety of Asian cultures (not just one), integrates the slang used in their daily banter, and illustrates the contrasts for Asian Americans balancing their modern Western way of life and their old-world cultural family traditions. It is thoroughly enjoyable, easy to read and compelling enough to keep you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun light read Took this book on vacation and it was the perfect read for on the beach. Light, fun, very entertaining. I hear rumours of a movie in the making and can't wait!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun story Just a fun, light hearted read.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! This is a great vacation book!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily one of my favourite books The setting is so different from what I normally read - I learned a lot about the Asian socialite scene. Interesting plot, which kept my interest intact.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read It's an emjoyable and ridiculously funny book to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funn, Easy Read I really liked this book. There was a good story line and he has a great writing style which I can only describe as smooth.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! I really enjoyed this book. This is the first time I have read anything from this author and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The characters are very relatable with a touch of humour in there as well.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from luxurious It was a fun read with some witty characters. The only downfall is that the brand names were hard to read LOL
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laugh out loud funny This book is outrageously hilarious.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another book club hit We read this in our book club and it was super fun! Easy read and entertaining!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy read It's an easy, light and funny read. There are some Asian memes #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much fun! This book was so much fun! I found Crazy Rich Asians on a list of beach reads for 2015, and I have to say, it definitely fit the bill! This book actually put me in a little bit of slump because I was not ready to leave this world once I closed the final page. I wish I had China Rich Girlfriend so I could have read it right away! This novel introduces us to Rachel Chu and her boyfriend, Nick Young. These two have been dating for a couple of years, but Nick has failed to tell her that he comes from an incredibly wealthy family in Singapore. Like insanely rich. Billions and billions of dollars rich. Just as the title suggests, it was crazy to read about. This was Upper East Side to the MAX meets Asian culture. I couldn’t get over the extravagance, the glamour, the snobbiness, and the drama. Admittedly, this is almost like a guilty pleasure read, because let’s be honest, the drama of the upper upper UPPER class seems pretty shallow and silly. But following Rachel through the hell she deals with at the hands of first class bitches, as well as gushing at the adorable romance between her and Nick made for an addicting read. On my Pop Sugar Reading Challenge for 2016, you’ll see that I marked this book as one with a culture I was unfamiliar with. That was certainly true, as I have never read anything set in Singapore, let alone among the Singaporean elite. As I read I kept asking myself “holy moly, do these people actually exist?!” I had no idea that there was such wealth and extravagance there. As far as I know, Canada doesn’t really have anything that beats Upper East Side Manhattan. I’ve never heard of anyone spending millions of dollars in one jewelry store trip. (Yes that happens in this book!) I guess it just goes to show how trapped in the Western bubble I am since I was completely ignorant about this upper class culture. I’ve always meant to read and learn more about Asian countries, and I definitely want to pick up more in the future, even though I am aware that this particular read may be a little skewed. In regards to the story and writing style, this book almost read like a rom-com and I couldn’t help but think how awesome it would be as a movie. It would be the perfect Sandra Bullock kind of chick flick (excuse the term for lack of a better one) that doesn’t seem to be released anymore. I’ve loved those kinds of films ever since I was a preteen because they always put me in a good mood. Crazy Rich Asians would be a perfect edition to the favourite rom-com list. It actually reminded me of the movie The Prince and Me with Julia Stiles. Same kind of plot where girl finds out that the boy she’s been dating is incredibly rich and then having to deal with the lifestyle. I know, it must be such a hard life. But joking aside, some of the people in this world are unrelentingly ruthless and judgemental. Their logic when it comes to what type of people they should associate with and that appearance is the most important thing is crazy to try and wrap your head around. The reason I didn’t give this one a full five stars is that I found it dragged a little bit at the beginning and in the middle whenever the characters talked about certain people and their wealth or properties. There were times when we would get the perspective of someone who was not a main character, and these tended to be the info-dump sections. I just wanted to keep going with the story of our main characters! But the more I think about this book, the more I want to boost the rating! The action really picked up in the end with Rachel, Nick, and Nick’s cousin, Audrey. I don’t want to give anything away at all so you’ll just have to read and find out what kind of shenanigans go down. I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for an awesome contemporary. It’s fun, emotional, and certainly a wild ride. I cannot wait to get my hands on China Rich Girlfriend as soon as I can!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from detailed look into the upper class of Asia this is an easy read that will have you turning pages for more, and before you know it, you've finished the book. its addicting nature is not how it's written, but the details of every character. you will at least relate to and loathe one character
Date published: 2016-11-09
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 (
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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                       As Peik Lin’s car approached the porte cochere of Tyersall Park, Nicholas Young bounded down the front steps. “I was worried you’d gotten lost,” he said, opening the car door.         “We did get a bit lost, actually,” Rachel replied.          “For some strange reason, your grandmother’s house didn’t show up on my GPS,” said Peik Lin, who prided herself on knowing every street in Singapore.         Rachel got out of the car and stared up at the majestic facade before her. “Am I really late?”         “No, it’s OK,” Nick said. “Peik Lin—thanks so much for giving Rachel a lift.”         “Of course,” Peik Lin murmured, rather stunned by her surroundings. She paused, thinking Nick might invite her in for a drink, but no invitation seemed forthcoming. Finally she said as nonchalantly as possible, “This is quite a place—is it your grandmother’s?”         “Yes,” Nick replied.         “Has she lived here a long time?” Peik Lin asked, craning to get a better look.         “Since she was a young girl.”         What Peik Lin really wanted to ask was, Who on earth is your grandmother? “Well, you two have a great time,” she said instead, winking at Rachel and mouthing Call me later. Rachel gave her friend a quick smile.         Nick turned to Rachel, looking a little sheepish. “I hope it’s OK . . . but it’s not just the family. My grandmother decided to have a small party at the last minute because her tan hua flowers are going to bloom tonight.”         “She’s throwing a party because some flowers are in bloom?” Rachel asked.         “Well, these are very rare. They bloom only about once every decade, and only at night. The whole thing lasts just a few hours. It’s quite something.”         “Sounds cool, but now I’m feeling really underdressed,” Rachel said, eyeing the fleet of limousines lining the driveway. She was wearing a sleeveless, chocolate-colored linen dress, a pair of low-heeled sandals, and the only expensive piece of jewelry she owned—Mikimoto pearl studs that her mother had given her when she got her doctorate.         “Not at all—you look absolutely perfect,” Nick replied.          As they entered the house, Rachel was transfixed for a few moments by the intricate black, blue, and coral mosaic tile pattern on the floor of what appeared to be a large foyer. Then, to her amazement, a tall, spindly Indian man standing next to a table clustered with pots of enormous white-and-purple phalaenopsis orchids bowed ceremoniously to her.         “Everyone’s upstairs in the living room,” Nick said, leading Rachel toward a carved-stone staircase. She saw something out of the corner of her eye and let out a quick gasp. By the side of the staircase lurked a huge tiger, mouth open in a ferocious growl.         “It looks so real!” Rachel said.         “It was real,” Nick said. “It’s a native Singaporean tiger. They used to roam this area. My great-grandfather shot it when it ran into the house and hid under the billiard table, or so the story goes.”         “Poor guy,” Rachel said.          “It used to scare the hell out of me when I was little. I never dared go near the foyer at night,” Nick said.         “You grew up here?” Rachel asked in surprise.         “Yes, until I was about seven.”         “You never told me you lived in a palace.”         “This isn’t a palace. It’s just a big house.”         “Nick, where I come from, this is a palace,” Rachel said, gazing up at the cast-iron-and-glass cupola soaring above them. The murmur of party chatter and piano keys wafted down. As they entered the drawing room, Rachel felt momentarily giddy, as if she had been transported back in time to the grand lounge of a twenties ocean liner, en route from Venice to Istanbul, perhaps.                  The “living room,” as Nick so modestly called it, was a gallery that ran along the entire northern end of the house, with Art Deco divans, wicker club chairs, and ottomans casually grouped into intimate seating areas. A row of tall plantation doors opened onto a veranda, inviting a view of verdant parklands and the scent of night-blooming jasmine into the room. At the far end of the room a young man in a tuxedo played on a Bösendorfer grand piano. Rachel longed to study every exquisite detail: the exotic potted palms in massive Qianlong dragon jardinieres, the lacquered teak surfaces, the silver-and-lapis-lazuli-filigreed walls. The glamorous guests, she couldn’t help noticing, appeared completely at ease lounging on the shantung silk ottomans while a retinue of white-gloved servants circulated with trays of cocktails.         “Here comes my cousin Astrid’s mother,” Nick muttered. A stately-looking lady approached them, wagging a finger at Nick.         “Nicky, you naughty boy, why didn’t you tell us you were back?” The woman spoke in a clipped English accent straight out of a Merchant Ivory film. Rachel couldn’t help but notice how her tightly permed black hair fittingly resembled the Queen of England’s.         “So sorry, I thought you and Uncle Harry would be in London at this time of the year. Dai gu cheh, this is my girlfriend, Rachel Chu. Rachel, this is my auntie Felicity Leong.”         Felicity nodded at Rachel, boldly scanning her up and down.         “So nice to meet you,” Rachel said, unsettled by her hawklike gaze.         “Is Astrid here yet?” Nick asked.         “Aiyah, you know that girl is always late!” At that moment, his aunt noticed an elderly Indian woman in a gold-and-peacock-blue sari being helped up the stairs. “Dear Mrs. Singh, when did you get back from Udaipur?” she screeched, pouncing on the woman as Nick guided Rachel out of the way.         “Who is that lady?” Rachel asked.         “That’s Mrs. Singh, a family friend who used to live down the street. She’s the daughter of a maharaja and was great friends with Nehru. I’ll introduce you later, when my aunt isn’t breathing down our necks.”         “Her sari is absolutely stunning,” Rachel remarked, gazing at the elaborate gold stitching.         “I hear she flies all her saris back to New Delhi to be specially cleaned,” Nick said as he tried to escort Rachel toward the bar, unwittingly steering her into the path of a very posh-looking middle-aged couple. The man had a pompadour of Brylcreemed black hair while his wife wore a classic gold-buttoned red-and-white Chanel suit.         “Uncle Dickie, Auntie Nancy, meet my girlfriend, Rachel Chu,” Nick said. “Rachel, this is my uncle and his wife, from the T’sien side of the family.”         “Ah, Rachel, I’ve met your grandfather in Taipei . . . Chu Yang Chung, isn’t it?” Uncle Dickie asked.         “Er . . . actually, no. My family isn’t from Taipei,” Rachel stammered.         “Oh. Where are they from, then?”         “Guangdong originally, and nowadays California.”         Uncle Dickie looked a bit taken aback, while his well-coiffed wife grasped his arm tightly and continued. “Oh, we know California very well. Northern California, actually.”         “Yes, that’s where I’m from,” Rachel replied politely.         “Ah, well then, you must know the Gettys? Ann is a great friend of mine,” Nancy effused.         “Um, are you referring to the Getty Oil family?”         “Is there any other?” Nancy asked.         “Rachel’s from Cupertino, not San Francisco, Auntie Nancy. And that’s why I need to introduce her to Francis Leong over there, who I hear is going to Stanford this fall,” Nick cut in, quickly moving Rachel along. The next half hour was a blur of nonstop greetings, as Rachel was introduced to aunties and uncles and cousins, the distinguished though diminutive Thai ambassador, and the sultan of some unpronounceable Malay state, along with his two wives in bejeweled head scarves.         One woman seemed to command the attention of the room. She was very slim and aristocratic-looking with snow-white hair and ramrod-straight posture, dressed in a long white silk cheongsam. Most of the guests orbited around her, paying tribute, and when she at last came toward them, Rachel noticed Nick’s resemblance to her. Rachel decided to greet her in Mandarin, but before Nick could make proper introductions, she bowed her head nervously and said, “It is such a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for inviting me to your beautiful home.”         The woman looked at her quizzically and replied slowly in Mandarin, “It is a pleasure to meet you, too, but you are mistaken; this is not my house.”         “Rachel, this is my great-aunt Rosemary,” Nick explained hurriedly.         “And you’ll have to forgive me, my Mandarin is really quite rusty,” Great-Aunt Rosemary added in a Vanessa Redgrave English.         “Oh, I’m so sorry,” Rachel said, her cheeks flushing bright red. She could feel all eyes in the room upon her, amused by her faux pas.         “No need to apologize.” Great-Aunt Rosemary smiled graciously. “Nick has told me quite a bit about you, and I was so looking forward to meeting you.”         Nick put his arm around Rachel and said, “Here, come meet my grandmother.” They walked across the room, and on the sofa closest to the veranda sat an older woman dressed simply in a rose-colored silk blouse and tailored cream trousers, her steel-gray hair held in place by an ivory headband. Standing behind her were two ladies in immaculate matching gowns of iridescent silk.         Nick addressed his grandmother in Cantonese. “Ah ma, I’d like you to meet my friend Rachel Chu, from America.”         “So nice to meet you!” Rachel blurted, forgetting her Mandarin.         Nick’s grandmother peered up at Rachel. “Thank you for coming,” she replied haltingly, in English, before turning to resume her conversation with a woman at her side. The two ladies swathed in silk stared inscrutably at Rachel.         “Let’s get some punch,” Nick said, directing Rachel toward a table dominated by a huge Venetian glass punch bowl.         “That had to be the most awkward moment of my life,” Rachel whispered.         “Nonsense. She was just in the middle of another conversation,” Nick said.         “Who were those two elegant women in matching silk dresses standing like statues behind her?” Rachel asked.         “Her lady’s maids. They never leave her side. They’re from Thailand and were trained to serve in the royal court.”         “Is this a common thing in Singapore? Importing royal maids from Thailand?” Rachel asked incredulously.         “I don’t believe so. This service was a special lifetime gift to my grandmother.”         “A gift? From whom?”         “The King of Thailand.”         “Oh,” Rachel said. She took the glass of punch from Nick and noticed that the fine etching on the Venetian glassware perfectly matched the intricate fretwork pattern on the ceiling. She leaned against the back of a sofa for support.There was so much for her to take in. Who knew that Nick’s family would turn out to be so grand? And why hadn’t he prepared her better?         Rachel felt a tap on her shoulder. She turned around to see Nick’s cousin, Astrid Leong, holding a sleepy toddler. “Astrid!” she cried, delighted to see a friendly face. Astrid was wearing the chicest outfit Rachel had ever seen—an embroidered Alexis Mabille white peasant blouse, pearl-gray Lanvin cigarette pants, and a fantastical pair of bejeweled earrings, very Millicent Rogers. So this was Astrid in her natural habitat.         “Hello, hello!” Astrid said cheerily. “Cassian, say hi to Auntie Rachel.” The child stared at Rachel, then buried his head into his mother’s shoulder. “So,” she continued, “how are you finding Singapore so far? Having a good time?”         “A great time! Although tonight’s been a bit . . . overwhelming.”         “I can only imagine,” Astrid said with a knowing glint in her eye.         A melodious peal rang out. An elderly woman in a white cheongsam top and black silk trousers was playing a small silver xylophone by the stairs.         “Ah, the dinner gong,” Astrid said. “Come, let’s eat.”         The crowd began to make a beeline for the stairs, passing the woman with the xylophone. As they approached her, Nick gave the woman a big bear hug and exchanged a few words in Cantonese. “This is Ling Cheh, the woman who pretty much raised me from birth,” he explained. “She has been with our family since 1948.”         “Wah, nay gor nuay pang yau gum laeng, ah!  Faai di git fun!” Ling Cheh commented, grasping Rachel’s hand gently. Nick grinned, blushing a little. Astrid quickly translated: “Ling Cheh just teased Nick about how pretty his lady friend is.” Then she whispered to Rachel, “She also ordered him to marry you soon!” Rachel laughed.         A buffet supper had been set up in the conservatory, an elliptical-shaped room with frescoed walls of Chinese mountainscapes. Three enormous tables gleamed with silver chafing dishes, one  offering Thai delicacies, another Malaysian cuisine, and the last classic Chinese dishes. Rachel came upon a tray of exotic-looking golden wafers folded into little top hats. “What in the world are these?” she wondered aloud.         “That’s kueh pie tee, a nyonya dish. Little tarts filled with jicama, carrots, and shrimp. Try one,” a voice behind her said. Rachel looked around and saw a dapper man in a white linen suit. He bowed in a courtly manner and introduced himself. “We’ve never properly met. I’m Oliver T’sien, Nick’s cousin.” Yet another Chinese relative with a British accent, but his sounded even plummier than the rest.         “Nice to meet you. I’m Rachel——”         “Yes, I know. Rachel Chu, of Cupertino, Palo Alto, Chicago, and Manhattan. You see, your reputation precedes you.”         “Does it?” Rachel asked, trying not to sound too surprised.         “Don’t you know how much the tongues have been wagging since you’ve arrived?” he said mischievously.         “I had no clue,” Rachel said a little uneasily. Walking out onto the terrace, she noticed the lady in the Chanel suit and her husband looking toward her expectantly.         Oliver grabbed her plate from her hand and walked it over to a table at the far end of the terrace.         “Why are you avoiding them?” Rachel asked.         “I’m not. I’m helping you avoid them. You can thank me later.”         “Why?” Rachel pressed on.         “Well, first of all, they are insufferable name-droppers, always going on about their latest cruise on so-and-so’s yacht, and second, they aren’t exactly on your team.”         “I didn’t realize I was on any team.”         “Like it or not, you are, and they are here tonight to spy for the opposition.”         “To spy?”         “Yes. They mean to pick you apart and serve you up as an amuse-bouche the next time they’re invited to dinner.”         This Oliver seemed like a character straight out of an Oscar Wilde play. He looked to be in his mid-30s, with short, meticulously combed hair and small round tortoiseshell glasses that only accentuated his longish face. “So how exactly are you related to Nick?” Rachel asked, changing the subject.         “Nick’s grandfather James Young and my grandmother Rosemary T’sien are brother and sister.”         “But that would mean that you and Nick are second cousins.”         “Right. But here in Singapore, since extended families abound, we all just say we’re ‘cousins’ to avoid confusion.”          Just then Nick and Astrid appeared. Oliver turned to Astrid and his eyes widened. “Holy Mary Mother of Tilda Swinton, look at those earrings! Wherever did you get them?”         “At Stephen Chia’s . . . they’re VBH,” Astrid said.         “Of course they are. I wouldn’t have thought they were quite your style, but they do look fabulous on you. Hmm . . . you still can surprise me after all these years.”         “You know I try, Ollie, I try.”         “Oliver is the Asian art and antiquities expert for Christie’s in London,” Nick explained to Rachel.         “Yes, the Asian art market is heating up like you wouldn’t believe.”         “I hear that every new Chinese billionaire is trying to get their hands on a Warhol these days,” Nick remarked.         “Well, yes; there are quite a few wannabe Saatchis around, but I’m dealing more with the ones trying to buy back the great antiquities from European and American collectors. For years, hardly anyone in Asia bothered to collect Chinese pieces, not with any real discernment, anyway. Why, even your great-grandfather went mad for Art Deco when he could have snapped up all the imperial treasures coming out of China.”         Just then someone announced, “The tan huas are coming into bloom!” As the guests began to head back in, Nick pulled Rachel aside. “Here, let’s take a shortcut,” he said. Nick led her through a long passage into an enclosed courtyard that was open to the sky. Rachel couldn’t believe her eyes. It was as if they had stumbled onto a secret cloister deep within a Moorish palace. Elaborately carved columns lined the arcades around the perimeter, and a lotus blossom sculpted out of rose quartz protruded from a stone wall, spouting a stream of water. Overhead, hundreds of copper lanterns flickered with candlelight.         Rachel walked to the center of the courtyard. In the middle of a reflecting pool were huge terra-cotta urns that held the painstakingly cultivated tan huas. Rachel had never seen such exotic flowers. The tangled forest of plants grew together into a profusion of large leaves the color of dark jade. Long stems sprouted from the edges of the leaves, curving until they formed huge bulbs. Pale reddish petals curled around them. Oliver stood by the flowers, scrutinizing one of the bulbs closely.         “You know, it’s considered to be very auspicious to witness tan huas blooming in the night,” he said.         Just then Rachel noticed Nick under an arcade chatting intently with a striking woman. “Who is that woman talking to Nick?” Rachel asked.         “Oh, that’s Jacqueline Ling. An old family friend.”         Rachel stared at Jacqueline’s ballerina-like figure, shown to great advantage by the pale yellow halter top and palazzo pants that she wore with a pair of silver stilettos.          “She looks like a movie star,” Rachel commented.         “Yes, doesn’t she? I’ve always thought that Jacqueline looks like a Chinese Catherine Deneuve, only more beautiful.”         “She does look like her!”         “Widowed once, almost married a British marquess, and since then she’s been the companion of a Norwegian tycoon. There’s a story I heard as a child: Jacqueline’s beauty was so legendary that when she visited Hong Kong for  the first time in the sixties, her arrival attracted a throng of spectators, as if she were Elizabeth Taylor. All the men were clamoring to propose to her, and fights broke out at the terminal. It made the newspapers, apparently.”         “All because of her beauty.”         “Yes, and her bloodline. She’s the granddaughter of Ling Yin Chao.”         “Who’s that?”         “He was one of Asia’s most revered philanthropists. Built schools all over China. Not that Jacqueline is following in his footsteps, unless you consider her donations in aid of Manolo Blahnik.”         Rachel laughed, as both of them noticed that Jacqueline had one hand on Nick’s arm.         “Don’t worry—she flirts with everyone,” Oliver quipped. “Do you want another piece of juicy gossip?”         “Please.”         “I’m told Nick’s grandmother very much wanted Jacqueline for Nick’s father. But she didn’t succeed.”         “He wasn’t swayed by her looks?”         “Well, he already had another beauty on his hands—Nick’s mother. You haven’t met Auntie Elle yet, have you?”         “No, she went away for the weekend.”         “Hmm, how interesting. She never goes away when Nicholas is in town,” Oliver said, turning around to make sure no one was within earshot before leaning closer in. “I’d tread extra carefully around Eleanor Young if I were you. She maintains a rival court,” he said mysteriously before walking off.         Left alone, Rachel felt unnerved by his warning. She allowed her eyes to close for a moment. Every time a breeze blew, the copper lanterns swayed like hundreds of glowing orbs adrift in a dark ocean. For a moment Rachel felt as if she were floating along with them. She wondered if life with Nick would always be like this.            

Editorial Reviews

"A dizzily shopaholic comedy of crass manners . . . Crazy Rich Asians offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. Mr. Kwan either knows, or does a good job of pretending to know, how the very rich of Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai show off their lucre . . . Hilarious . . . This book name-drops about many different Asian cultures and mixes rude slang from Malay and the Cantonese and Hokkien dialects of Chinese . . . Mr. Kwan makes the most of them . . . A grand tour of a humorously grandiose and showoffy world. Mr. Kwan knows how to deliver guilty pleasures. He keeps the repartee nicely outrageous, the excess wretched and the details wickedly delectable."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Kwan’s rollicking, often-riotous debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians, reads like a behind-the-scenes primer of the rising über-elite of the ever-powerful Asian world . . . . the reader is given an intimate window into the spending and investing patterns, and burgeoning and crumbling relationships of this upper echelon of extraordinary wealth . . . an entertaining, engrossing novel . . . a lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion.”—S. Kirk Walsh, The Boston Globe “Crazy Rich Asians has all the plot and color of a tabloid mag, set in Asia. This means that front doors are cathedral sized, millions are now billions and shopping is, as one character puts it, ‘Fifth Avenue on steroids’ . . . Put on your designer shades, stuff an umbrella into your drink, and lose yourself in the antics of people who cheat on their husbands with secret overseas shopping trips. By the time you've finished you should have a rich, golden tan.”—Emma Keller, The Guardian (UK) “A debut novel that sheds light on the gilded world of Asian wealth and shopping culture that most Westerners only catch glimpses of.”—Sarah Hampson, The Globe and Mail (Canada)“Deliciously decadent . . . Rachel, an American-born Chinese (ABC), has no idea what to expect when she visits Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick’s multibillionaire family. There, she discovers mind-blowing opulence--next season’s couture, palatial properties, million-dollar shopping sprees--and the over-the-top bad behavior that comes with it . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.” —Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly  “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 Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians has a mother in Singapore telling her girls to finish everything on their plates because ‘there are children starving in America,’ it’s O.K. to get the joke. There’s no need to dwell on what it really means. Crazy Rich Asians is this summer’s ‘Bergdorf Blondes,’ over-the-top funny and a novelty to boot. Mr. Kwan delivers nonstop hoots about a whole new breed of rich, vulgar, brand-name-dropping conspicuous consumers, with its own delicacies, curses, vices, stereotypes (‘I hope she’s not one of those Taiwanese tornadoes!’) and acronyms. According to Mr. Kwan, this crowd uses U.B.C., as the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is known, to mean ‘University of a Billion Chinese.’ How rich and vulgar are the Anglophile Asians of this debut novel? Rich enough to throw a diamond of more than 30 carats into a snowdrift and not look for it. So vulgar that a Cirque du Soleil troupe has to show up to convey that things have gotten crass. So steeped in wretched excess that one man boasts about the precise temperature his climate-controlled shoe closet should be.”—The New York Times Beach Reading Roundup“Mr. Kwan’s delightfully soapy debut, [is] set in the glamorous beau monde of Singapore—‘the Switzerland of Asia’—with excursions to Paris, Hong Kong and a private Indonesian island . . . It’s through Rachel, the wide-eyed interloper, that we view the extravagances of this ‘secretive, rarefied circle of families . . .’ Mr. Kwan’s book eats its chiffon cake and has it too, simultaneously tut-tutting many of its characters for their vapid materialism while reveling in the milieu’s sybaritic excess . . . Mr. Kwan skillfully engineers a good-natured story in which Rachel must overcome the schemes of Nicholas's disapproving mother.”—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal “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.... I predict this will be the 50 Shades of Grey of this summer.” —Michael Carl,  “Crazy Rich Asians is both a deliciously satiric read and a Fodor’s of sorts to the world of Singapore’s fabulously monied, both new and old.”—Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News “Kwan is a modern-day Jane Austen, never mind gender or ethnicity, because he is writing about the same human pride and prejudices that consumed Austen 200 years ago.  In this comedy of manners about star-crossed lovers fighting against class distinctions and family pressures, the comparison between the Bennets, Bingleys and Darcys of 18th-century England and the Chus, Leongs and Youngs of 21st-century Singapore is most appropriate . . . Kwan comes across as an Asian Tom Wolfe . . . easily transports captive readers from Sex and the City New York and to sensual Singapore, lush with flowers, savoury with food, luxurious with designer labels and glittering jewels.  But beneath all this is the cruel menace of old money and unyielding traditional family mandates that aim to prevent the characters from living life according to their own desires.”—Christine Mazur, Winnipeg Free Press“It’s impossible not to get sucked into this satirical novel about the jet-setting lives of an enormous busybody family and its infinite Louboutin collection.”—Glamour“Kwan’s book was not nominated for a Booker, but if you want to peek into the world of wealthy Southeast Asian-Chinese elites, if you want to understand what drives these people who control the economy of a major cross-roads of the world, Kwan’s book is the one to beat.”—Popmatters"An entertaining and well-written book about the life of the Chinese super-rich, a new class who are keeping alive five-star hotels, restaurants and luxury shops around the world . . . The wealth of the book is in the detail—of the personalities, the places, the clothes and the colours of Singapore, Kwan's native place."—Louise Rosario, South China Morning Post“Read Kevin Kwan’s debut, Crazy Rich Asians, on an exotic beach in super-expensive sunglasses . . . [Rachel] encounters outré fashion, private jets, and a set of aristocratic values so antiquated they’d make the Dowager Countess proud.” —Entertainment Weekly Summer Roundup “With his debut novel, [Kwan] delivers an uproarious, comical satire about a jet-set life that most of us can only imagine. It’s a page-turner that will leave you wanting more.”—Claudia McNeilly, Hello! Magazine (Canada)“Mordantly funny . . . In Kevin Kwan’s winning summer satire, Crazy Rich Asians, a young woman discovers her boyfriend belongs to a milieu of unimaginable splendor—and snobbery.” —Vogue "Deliciously decadent . . . Rachel, an American-born Chinese (ABC), has no idea what to expect when she visits Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick's multibillionaire family. There, she discovers mind-blowing opulence--next season's couture, palatial properties, million-dollar shopping sprees--and the over-the-top bad behavior that comes with it . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun."—Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly  "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  "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 . . . I predict this will be the 50 Shades of Grey of this summer." —Michael Carl, “A juicy, close anthropological read of Singapore high society and its social and mating rituals . . . Kwan’s satirical portrayal rings so true, I fear he’ll need to bring a bodyguard next time he lands at Changi Airport. He gets the idiosyncratic details right: the market-savvy wives who day-trade and invest in poverty; . . . the encyclopedic fashion knowledge; the Bible-study get-togethers; the way the whole milieu is interrelated by blood or marriage. And he does a particularly good job of illustrating the divide . . . between mainland wealth and establishment money—an uneasy tension that is very real.”—Janice Y. K. Lee, Elle“Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners. . . . Kwan’s characters are urban sophisticates par excellence . . . 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 "Kwan's debut is a fun, over-the-top romp through the unbelievable world of the Asian jet set, where anything from this season is already passé and one's pedigree is everything. . . . 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 Pick of the Week“Kwan’s debut is a scintillating fictional look into the opulent lives of fabulously wealthy Chinese expats . . . From its delightful opening scene onward, this sleek social satire offers up more than a few hilarious moments as it skewers the crafty, rich schemers who populate its pages.” —Kristine Huntley, Booklist"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