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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  35,798 Ratings  ·  4,637 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2013)
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Megumi Hosogai I'm Asian and I LOVE the book. It's hilarious and not at all offensive. I was born in Japan and grew up in Hawaii upper middle class and not at all…moreI'm Asian and I LOVE the book. It's hilarious and not at all offensive. I was born in Japan and grew up in Hawaii upper middle class and not at all Crazy Rich but totally related to the book.(less)
Danielle Turchiano I found almost everyone insufferable and stopped reading it twice, not sure if I would continue at all. All I was rooting for was for the one…moreI found almost everyone insufferable and stopped reading it twice, not sure if I would continue at all. All I was rooting for was for the one character who was not related to the family to run far, far from them.(less)

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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
Nov 02, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it
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
Christi Cassel
Jun 18, 2015 Christi Cassel rated it it was ok
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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 an 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 I
Sep 24, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2013 Louise rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
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.
Feb 23, 2013 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2013 Katie rated it did not like it
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
Jul 26, 2013 Djrmel rated it it was ok
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
Dec 04, 2013 Emi Bevacqua rated it liked it
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
Sep 08, 2013 Lesley rated it it was ok
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Sep 25, 2013 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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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
Jun 18, 2014 rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: asian, 2014
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
Sep 22, 2013 Lena rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jul 24, 2013 emily rated it did not like it
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
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Hilariously opulent and over the top, Crazy Rich Asians takes a closer look inside Asia's elite. The heirs of Singaporean fortunes try and outdo each other, snagging next season's fashions off the runway and throwing their money around on private jets and the most delectable food - it's absolutely absurd and entertaining. From the rich New York professor who wants to propose to his humble girlfriend, to the cashed up and fashion conscious wife of a tech entrepreneur, to a meddling mother and a p ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Sofia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asia
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
Nov 25, 2014 Jaidee rated it did not like it

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
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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
This book speaks for its title. Its about an affluent Singaporean Chinese family. It is the chronicles of their lavish life.

Crazy Rich Asians is outrageously fun and it gives you a close glimpse about their food obsessed culture, keeping the bloodline and legacy pure, old money and new money - classicism. This book also discussed the racial tension between Mainland Chinese and Overseas Chinese. If you’re looking for a refreshing read. I’d say pick it.

Mini review can be found here.
John Butler
Jul 08, 2013 John Butler rated it it was ok
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
Joanne Guidoccio
Jun 12, 2013 Joanne Guidoccio rated it really liked it
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’
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
Lisa See
Oct 21, 2015 Lisa See rated it it was amazing
I so loved this. The humor. The insight.
Lisa Lieberman
Nov 22, 2015 Lisa Lieberman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I was inaccurate in my initial status report when I compared this book to eavesdropping on the passengers in the First Class cabin when you're in Economy. The Overseas Chinese depicted here would consider flying First Class commercial to be slumming -- except for the rich hoarders who'd fly economy while continuing to invest every last Singapore dollar in real estate, denying themselves the enjoyment of their assets.

Crazy Rich Asians is broad satire. I enjoyed it, including the over-the-top bits
Mary Ronan Drew
Oct 03, 2013 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it
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
Jun 20, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This was a very entertaining book. Living in Hong Kong, I absolutely loved the footnotes describing cantonese and malay foul language (haha), as well as the outrageous characters. The book definitely pokes fun of the extremely wealthy class in Asia, but I also thought the author does make an attempt to also paint a picture of Singaporean history and the people with a bit of humanity at times. For example, I think that he really painted the Young family as one steeped in history while at the same ...more
Gloriously good trash. I had a wonderful time with this book and am delighted there's a sequel.
Nearly free of the cliches of chicklit that irritate me (bar one mention of Pride & Prejudice / Darcy / Colin Firth - and academics who rarely talk like academics, but I only noticed that a couple of times as I was enjoying myself so much). Too often pop fiction disappoints; you wanted a light, fun read and instead spend more time scowling at threadbare tropes and incessantly clunky writing than a
Rahat  Asif
Jul 13, 2015 Rahat Asif rated it really liked it
As the name suggests this book is about Crazy Rich Asians. Nick's family is filthy rich but he has always kept that part of his life separate from his life of an academic in New York. When his best friend is about to get married he decides to take his girlfriend with him to meet his family. And things start to get interesting.

The older people of the families are materialistic, pretentious and very particular about who they make friends with and who they get their kids married to. Everything is
I honestly don't know what the point of this book was. Is it supposed to be satire? Is it sincere? Are we really supposed to be interested in a book that tells us the cost of every ridiculous purchase and goes barely a page without mentioning a designer brand name (or five)? There's so little plot—Rachel and Nicholas go to Singapore for a wedding, everyone is rich, the end—and even less character development for the approximately eight thousand who are introduced. Even Rachel, the "normal" one w ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Nakia rated it really liked it
More like 3.75 stars. A bit longer than I liked, and the ending had me searching for missing pages, but there was so much ridiculous and delicious drama in this book that it kept me fully engaged. I had a few other issues with the story line (too many characters and name brands), but sometimes you just like a book because it makes you grasp your pearls on every fifth page and yell, "Girl, what?" on every sixth. I also commend the writer for making the story at least 75% believable, because if a ...more
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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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