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Crazy Rich Asians

(Crazy Rich Asians #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  175,387 ratings  ·  18,389 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, 403 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Doubleday
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Kimberly Sae-Ung I'm pretty sure Asians feel about this book as Caucasians feel about Gossip Girl. It's outrageous but it happens. It's not like it's indicative of…moreI'm pretty sure Asians feel about this book as Caucasians feel about Gossip Girl. It's outrageous but it happens. It's not like it's indicative of EVERY Asian out there...(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
Emily May
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, chick-lit
"Imagine wanting to marry a girl from such a family! So disgraceful! Really, Nicky, what would Gong Gong say if he was alive? Madri, this tea needs a little more sugar."

This is some seriously trashy crack-lit. And no that's not a typo-- this book is as addictive and dramatic and ridiculous as you surely imagine it to be. I should probably hate it, but, well... oops.

You've definitely got to be in the mood for it or you'll wonder why you're actively murdering your brain cells. And I guess I was
Emma Giordano
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read. I went into it with the intention of consuming it just for entertainment purposes and not quality/depth which I think is the best mindset to read this story in.

CW: racial slurs, homophobia slurs, talk of cheating, prejudice/classism

I did not love the writing style of this novel (which I expected before going in.) The syntax was fairly weak and the voice of individual characters was not that strong. Also regarding the characters, the author has this habit of jumping b
Nov 02, 2013 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
Aug 24, 2013 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
Anyone else super excited for the movie to come out?

I saw the trailer about a dozen times, and I decided that instead of eating my fingers while waiting for it to hit the cinemas, I would read the book.

Best decision ever. This is one of those instances where I recommend reading the book before watching the movie. There is a humongous amount of characters introduced, and so by reading about them first, you’ll be able to spot them more easily in the movie and thus enjoy their crazy personalities m
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nothing like a bunch of crazy, rich asians to make me feel like a boring, poor white girl. \_(ツ)_/

gosh, this book is wild. its a story lush in couture, and drama, and private jets, and drama, and more money than one even knows what to do with. oh, and did i mention the drama? its basically high-class catty gossip and i am here for it. such a funny and entertaining story that deserves all the attention its been getting recently!

also, i do think its worth mentioning that i saw the film before i r
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a 2013 publication.

I guess I missed all the hoopla when this book was first released. It wasn’t until the third book started getting a little buzz that I became interested in reading this series.

So, I went in search of this first book- ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, and had no trouble finding a copy at the library- but- there was an abnormally long wait period for a book that is four years old! So, this series must be pretty popular!!

But, I have lots of books I needed
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Irina Humphrey
Shelves: audible
3.5 stars rounded to 4

I'm amazed at how long it has taken me to pick up this book. I remember being intrigued when it was first published; I had my own adventure in Singapore in 2004, which peaked my interest even more but, for whatever reason, it took the film adaptation being released to finally convince me to read it before seeing the movie. It was precisely what I had hoped for, a fun, fluffy read full of delectable "gossip" and drama, and to top it off the diversity of an all asian cast to
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol (Bookaria)
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction
This book is deliciously entertaining. 

Rachel is a professor of economics in NY who has been dating her boyfriend Nick for two years. One day Nick invites her to go with him to Singapore to attend his cousin's wedding and she agrees.

As soon as Rachel and Nick arrive at Singapore and meet his family, she realizes that Nick's family is filthy rich. Not just wealthy but $200,000-a-dress wealthy and this is a fact that he's failed to disclose to her.

Rachel soon finds herself dealing with nosy relati
Navidad Thelamour
With Crazy Rich Asians hitting the big screens in a few short weeks, many readers have decided to re-read this 2013 release – or, as in my case, have finally decided to read it. This, of course, has also been reflected not only in social media trends but on the New York Times bestseller list where Kevin Kwan’s debut novel has again easily nabbed a spot, despite having been originally released five years ago. I, myself, fell casualty to an impulse all book lovers are prone to: buying a book becau ...more
Christi Cassel
Aug 04, 2013 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
Dec 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
how to be a bad bookworm:

- watch the movie without reading the book
- wait 4 months
- add the book to your TBR once you can no longer resist hopping on the bandwagon
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-clubs
This is soap opera light literature. It’s fun and easy, a beach read. However, someone picked this for our book club, and I’m wondering what the hell there is to discuss.

While Nick is an only child, this book encompasses his extended family. Keeping track of all the names and relationships can be a bit of a challenge. I almost wanted a scorecard. Nick works as a history professor in the States. Most of his family either doesn’t work or “works” for the family business and one of the interesting
Jun 15, 2013 added it
Fun and dishy. So over the top it becomes nauseating in the way of such books. It's just too much. A parodic parody.
May 25, 2013 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.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
After being briefly obsessed with the Gossip Girl book series in high school, and then the show a few years later (and then abandoning it once Georgina reappeared with Dan's baby god that show was trash and I loved it), this seemed like the next logical step. Crazy Rich Asians is Kevin Kwan trying his hand at the ever-popular genre that can best be summed up as "hey look, rich people!" The fact that the rich people featured here are all based in Singapore, rather than America or Europe, gave the ...more
Helene Jeppesen
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe I actually finished this book because this was really bad. Basically, according to this book, all rich people in Singapore are snobbish and bad human beings. They can’t even see beyond their rich way of thinking when a down-to-earth person approaches them and tries to make them see things from a different perspective. Actually, what they do instead (according to this novel) is to turn that down-to-earth person into someone who actually enjoys the crazy life style of jet planes, m ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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Words cannot express how much excite I have for the upcoming film version of this book - but this gif does a pretty decent job : )

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 b
Crazy Rich Asians is part satire, part romance, part family drama, part Mean Girls, and 100% entertaining. When it comes down to it, the lesson learned is that every parent wants their child to be set up for success in the best possible way, even though the method may seem maddening. It is the first installment in a series by the same name and I am excited to continue. Check it out!!

My favorite quote:
"There is nothing in the world that good food cannot fix."
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and wildly entertaining summer read.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The movie version of Crazy Rich Asians was so good it gave me chills. It had EVERYTHING: hot men, amazing costumes, comedy, romance, and an ending that I was squealing over.

So, of course, as a die-hard bookworm, I assumed the book would be even better. I was wrong.

The style of the book really didn't work for me. So many POV changes and over-the-top drama. I felt like I was reading a soap opera, and soap operas aren't my thing. It lacked the humor of the movie, the stunning visual effects of th
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Hi, let me tell you about this book. It was SO good and I say that honestly (#NotSponsored). But seriously, you know that I'm not afraid to take the utter piss out of an over-hyped book (see anything I've reviewed by Sarah J. Maas), so when I read something like this and say it's awesome, please know that I have absolutely no reason to lie. CRAZY RICH ASIANS is crazy good.

So what's it about? Well, the story itself isn't that original. We've
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Content Warnings:
-Racial slurs toward black people, Indian people, Romani people. (Used casually by the "likeable" main characters as well as the ones we're supposed to hate.)
-Slurs toward gay people.
-One scene depicting a graphic dog fight (chapter 9).
-One instance of a father threatening violence toward a child.
-Cheating is a major theme throughout.
-Classism (that's probably obvious).
-Lots of prejudice from and toward different Asian ethnicities.

I'm not saying any of these things are unrealis
Jul 26, 2013 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
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

Yes, I gave in to the hype. Yes, it was worth it.

This was such an entertaining read from start to finish. Character driven stories are my absolute favourite when it comes to contemporary fiction and Crazy Rich Asians doesn't disappoint. There are so many characters, but yet they were easy to keep track of as they all had their own unique characteristics.

While reading this story, I kept thinking, "there's no way that families could actually be this rich...", but according to some research...this
April (Aprilius Maximus)
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Loved this! It definitely got heaps better towards the end, but I hated the slurs that were often used and unchallenged.
Skyler Autumn
2 Stars

Definitely late to the game on this one but better late than never. Crazy Rich Asians like the title suggests is about crazy rich Asians. Told in multiple perspectives this novel takes readers into the lives of exuberant wealthy individuals think Bill Gates level, the type of people that make millionaires look impoverished.

Here's my unpopular opinion; I preferred the movie. The movie knew what it was about; fun visuals, comic relief from Awkwafina and Ken Jeong, short running time, and
Jul 09, 2013 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
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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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