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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)

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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 boyfrien
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Hardcover, 405 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Doubleday
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Mrk I don't think so. If anything, it made me want to travel around Asia, see the sights and taste the food. It might be insulting to crazy rich people,…moreI don't think so. If anything, it made me want to travel around Asia, see the sights and taste the food. It might be insulting to crazy rich people, though. (less)

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Christine
I am Asian, I lived in Singapore, and I am not crazy rich - but I certainly heard of enough people on that tiny island who are. Ten years ago, I remember being addicted to a blog (now defunct) called "pinkshoefetish" where one Daphne Teo of Singapore documented every single materialistic extravaganza in her life - endless Tod's bags, Chanel, the luxurious apartment she (or her parents) rented when she was at Purdue (no stinky student dorms for her), her endless jet-setting to the most expensive ...more
Lauren
I have no closure.

I’m not quite sure what that ending was, but it’s really only an ending by dint of the fact there are no more pages.

I was enjoying this book. I could overlook the dull main characters, the hints of family drama and maneuvering that never went anywhere, the randomly dropped storylines … all of that, I could forgive because, hey, at the end of the day, Crazy Rich Asians is mindless fluff and thinking is contraindicated when reading mindless fluff. This mindless fluff, set among t
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Christi Cassel
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Lest you be confused, this is not a book about crazy [comma] rich Asians. This is a book about crazy rich Asians. As in, stupidly, stupidly wealthy gazillionaire Asians. I had read this excerpt in Vogue, and it seemed like it might be good, fun summer reading, filled with fashion and snobbery and such. I am a lover and regular devourer of US Weekly, who loathes the fact that I do not come from a ton of old money, so this seemed right up my alley.

When
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John
Ouch! Moved to Singapore from the USA 30 years ago, met a Singapore Girl and drank the Kool Aid. Singapore is somewhere between Nirvana and Utopia, civil society, great education system and FOOD to die for. Sadly, this roman a clef hits close to home and raises the curtain on the behavior of ultra rich Ferrari driving jet setters. But it's hilariously funny and contains a wealth of Hokkien swear words to enrich your vocabulary. When I asked the tai tai for translations I almost got my face slapp ...more
Gemma
It's hard to sum up how I feel about this book because I found it very long and packed with experiences, so that my attitude towards the beginning of the book changed by its end.

~The story follows Nick Young and Rachel Chu as they decide to travel to Singapore for a summer holiday together, with Nick's parallel intention of introducing Rachel to his family. Little does she know that her naturally good-looking, charming, history professor of a boyfriend actually hails from a long established and
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Louise
They are crazy and they are rich. That is pretty much all I got out of it. 10% in and I can't stand to read any more of this vapid book. Somehow it was not the guilty pleasure I was looking for. Returning it back to the library.
Djrmel
Interesting and fun setting, described by an author who obviously knows his subject. That's the end of my positives. In fact, some of the negatives are in the positives. If I'm using the word "describes" in a review of a novel, the author has done something wrong. I should be a part of the world he's put his story in, I shouldn't be conscious of the fact that he's telling a story. Also, the authors knowledge of his subject is made clear when he starts putting his personal experiences in the chap ...more
emi Bevacqua
I love it when a book about Asians written by an Asian is popular, but I wish this Asian had written better. Crazy Rich Asians is just a simple, mindless read along the lines of The Devil Wears Prada, and I kept wishing it had the power of Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero or Jay McInerney's Bright Lights Big City... This felt to me like the author took a formulaic foundation and just tried plugging in crazy rich Asian parts and pieces, instead of forging something new and artistic.

The name-dr
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Rachel Chu has NOOOOOO idea what she’s getting into when she agrees to accompany her boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. As professors struggling to make tenure in New York City, Rachel and Nick live a very modest lifestyle. Little does Rachel know that Nick’s upbringing was ANYTHING but simple. After stepping off the plane, Rachel finds herself tossed into a whirlwind of palace-like homes, private jets and haute
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rachel
Crazy Rich Asians -- Crazy, Rich Asians also works -- is like a Singaporean Austen novel, I guess, but with nastier people, worse writing, a surprising number of allusions to buttsex, brand names every other sentence, and serious(ly incongrous) footnoted Facts About Asia. Let's face it: no one reads books like this to be surprised by original plotting or to learn something about the world. Except for how some people eat desserts made of bird's nest and have palaces with shark aquarium floors and ...more
Lena
Okay, so this novel may not be what one would refer to as high art, but if you're in the mood for an engrossing, escapist beach read, you'll be hard pressed to do better.

Rachel Chu is an immigrant Chinese-American professor who is invited by her Singaporean-Chinese boyfriend, Nick, to spend the summer in Asia. They'll start at Nick's best friend's wedding in Singapore before heading off to travel around the region.

What Nick neglects to tell Rachel is that his family is one of the oldest and rich
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John Butler
I don't recall any "laugh out loud" passages in this moderately amusing and somewhat tedious book. Having to wait until about 30% into the book before either the heroine gets the much promised metaphoric bloody nose from snooty Singaporeans didn't help either. As neither did the endless name dropping of designer this and designer that along with Asian glitterati whom I have no idea were they real or fictional. Character development seemed contrived like an English Lit 101 course. Finally when th ...more
Sofia
Mar 19, 2013 Sofia rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Ayah, what a fun read, lah!
It's always fun to read about the rich behaving badly and it's even more fun to read about the rich getting into a heated argument about which hawker center serves the best chili crab.
The plot is very much rom-com (with an accent on the "com"), which isn't the primary genre I flock to but when was the last time you read a story set in Singapore? For me it was a great walk down memory lane but any armchair traveler will be glad they strapped on their seating belts for t
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Joanne Guidoccio
Nothing, absolutely nothing, could have prepared Rachel Chu for the life of imperial splendor that awaited her in Singapore. The exhibitions of wealth are mind-boggling and unlike anything she had ever experienced or seen in her middle-class life as an ABC (American-born Chinese). Even Peik-Lin, a well-to-do friend in Singapore, is taken aback and comments, “I have no idea who these people are. But I can tell you one thing—these people are richer than God.”

So, who are these people in Kevin Kwan’
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Lesley
I was all set to give this book 5 stars. It won't win the Pulitzer. But I enjoyed how refreshingly honest, unapologetic and in your face it was. It's like your friendly neighborhood Overseas Chinese Pocket Reference Guide.

But then I read the ending. TOTALLY LACKING IN CONVICTION. OMG.

And I bumped off one more star because Rachel Chu (shudder) is seriously the most boring character ever. I would have liked her more if she had a bit more sass. She's sooo... blah. So positive, so optimistic, so ide
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Dionisia
The title. It's all about that title. Couldn't resist. This was such great fun to read. I really hope Kevin Kwan revisits this story. It seems as if there is still lots to explore with such a large cast of characters. Three old money Chinese families living LARGE in Singapore. It was difficult to put down. I'm talking not-getting-enough-sleep compulsively readable. Admittedly, it also could be considered literary junk food. Don't care! The settings and the characters were just so rich*, more lik ...more
emily
Shockingly, shockingly bad.

It falls immediately into the brand-names-as-character-development pit and never manages to claw its way out. There are jillions of characters about whom I know nothing other than their favorite designers. Maybe that's Mr. Kwan's actual purpose, but while I know this is meant to be a satire of consumption, I have a feeling he thought he was going for discernible characters, at least.

(Also. Did anyone else think that both Nick and Rachel -- as well as their friends -- s
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Book Riot Community
When Rachel Chu agrees to go on holiday to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick, she imagines that this will just be a fun summer, a chance to meet his family and see Singapore, before returning to the simple life they live in New York. But Rachel has no idea that Nick is Nick Young (of the Youngs, one of Singapore’s most established and wealthiest families). Rachel is thrown into a storm of gossip, money, interfering relatives, family secrets, and some seriously mean girls. The bonds of their lov ...more
Katie
I think another Goodreads reviewer said it best: "Shallow characters don't mean shallowly written characters."

And in the case of this book, the author didn't pick up on that memo. Shallow characters can be delightfully, wickedly compelling when they're written well. I mean, look at Anthony and Gloria in Fitzgerald's "The Beautiful and Damned", or Becky Sharp in "Vanity Fair" or heck, even Blair Waldorf in the "Gossip Girl" series if you're looking at more "chick-lit" examples. But the characters
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Mary Ronan Drew
Kevin Kwan's delightful first novel about the rich Chinese in Singapore is what I think they call a romp. I don't used the word "read" as a noun, but if I did, this is the book I'd call "a fun read." It's filled with over-the-top women who think nothing of flying from Singapore to a resort in Indonesia for the weekend and men who fly to Hong Kong for dinner. That's how rich they are. Really rich. Crazy rich. For them $40 million on a wedding is about average.

You've heard of JAPs - Jewish America
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Joy (joyous reads)
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 f
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Lauren
On its most important level, this is a fluffy Cinderella story--simple, frothy, and great fun. Despite stylistic and content differences, I thought of Major Pettigrew and his famous last stand (Helen Simonson), simply because the reading afforded a lighthearted, easy, getaway that didn't insult my intelligence.

Like Cinderella, the heroine has to fight an awful lot of evil women, all of them both crazy and rich. The perpetual stereotypes of conniving women operating behind powerful men are alive
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Jaidee

1 star (actually half a star but I gave it a bonus half star for a couple of reasons)


-Writing-just awful-
-Storyline-started off fair and ended up ridiculous
-Dialogue-some of the worst I've ever read
-Characters- these are some of the most boring, empty-headed, vile and entitled people ever written about


Why the extra bonus half-star?

Surprisingly the writer had some talent in writing interesting and lush descriptions of exotic locales, architecture, fashion, cuisine and luxury goods. Believe it or
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Dianne
Gossipy, riveting tale of NYC college professor Nick Young bringing his unsuspecting ABC (American Born Chinese) girlfriend Rachel home to Singapore attend the wedding of his best friend. Turns out it's the social event of the year. Turns out Nick is Asia's most eligible bachelor and his extended family is ridiculously wealthy. And snobby. And back-stabbing. And determined to prevent Nick from marrying Rachel.

Addictive and super-fun read. The jaw-dropping decadence is a hoot! Much better than yo
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Maggie
May 14, 2013 Maggie marked it as to-read
"Aimed at: Bridget Jones lovers and those who got the satire behind Psy's Gangnam Style."

Basically, aimed at: me. Well, target acquired. I'm game.
Eileen Granfors
Kevin Kwan's send-up of CRAZY RICH ASIANS could be a turn-off, especially to people who try to live with the emphasis on people, not things. The Singapore and other venues of the Uber-wealthy in this novel are simply beyond belief except that it's basically true.

When Rachel Chu, an American-Born Chinese (ABC) is invited to accompany her colleague and boyfriend to attend a wedding and the summer in Singapore, she agrees. She is not well-prepared by Nick for what is about to hit her. Not only is N
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Louisa
All of us probably harbour a secret wish to be one of these crazy rich Asians with residences in flippin' Sentosa Cove.



Looks like a dream, yes?

After reading this, NAHHHHH. I also really want to have satay now.

Terribly fun and gut-splitting read at times, especially if you're a local like I am and don't have to incessantly refer to the footnotes to know what the characters are saying in dialect! While the uber rich is not necessarily a world I'm familiar with, it's awesome to see Singapore finall
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K
This was one of those silly, over-the-top chicklit books that was perfect for audio. Because despite its farcical nature, I never actually got to the point of snorting and rolling my eyes and abandoning it as I have with many others of this genre. It didn't demand a great deal of attention and I was able to enjoy it even as I tuned out here and there.

Rachel Chu, a New York academic of Chinese origin, has just been asked by her great boyfriend Nick to spend the summer with him in Singapore and me
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Random House of Canada
This book is a cross between Sophie Kinsella, Real Housewives, House Hunters International and The Royal Tenenbaum's.

Nick, a University Professor in the States invites his University Professor girlfriend, Rachel, to accompany him to his hometown of Singapour for the summer break.

Nick has told Rachel nothing about his ultra-rich family so you can imagine the surprise that she is in for.

Family secrets, family drama, extravagant wedding parties, and the insider dynamics between the rich, the newly
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Diane
A friend of mine told me that Kevin Kwan's novel, Crazy Rich Asians, was a very funny book and pressed into my hands telling me to read it. So I did.

From the very beginning, a family tree page, I was laughing out loud. The main characters are Nick and Rachel. Nick comes from a very wealthy family in Singapore, and Rachel was born in China, but as a baby moved to America with her mother, a real estate agent. They both live in New York and work at a university.

Nick's childhood best friend is getti
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Kevin Kwan is the author of "Crazy Rich Asians," the international bestseller now being adapted as a major motion picture. The sequel, "China Rich Girlfriend," will be released on June 16, 2015. Born and raised in Singapore, Kwan has called Manhattan home for the past two decades but still craves pineapple tarts and a decent plate of Hokkien mee.

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