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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  46,821 Ratings  ·  5,755 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 2013)
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Kimberly 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
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
Aug 04, 2013 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
Aug 24, 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 09, 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
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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)
Second read: May 26, 2017
I love it much better.

First read: September 24, 2015

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
May 25, 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.
The review below covers the first two books in this series. There's not really any spoilers, its more an overall general impression, so you should be fine. But just FYI.

Review originally appeared on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.


I've run into some great writers lately, which means I've been reading fewer of them. No sooner do I discover them than I tear through as much of their catalog as I can, immediately. Maybe it's just that I'm getting pickier and it's harder to find books that f
Feb 19, 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
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
3,5 stars

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Gue selalu ingat saat maen game Summoners War, dan tiap ada yang bisa summon natural born 5 aka monster super langka yang bikin banyak orang salty (alias iri), termasuk gue, pasti akan ada yang ngomong:
"this dude must be crazy rich"
"this dude must be those asian rich kid"
"this dude must be those rich chinese kid"

Gue heran dong...hubungan crazy rich ma asian apaan sih? Dalam pemahaman gue yang dangkal ini, kayaknya kami asian ini orangnya bias
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
Emi Bevacqua
Jun 20, 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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jul 10, 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
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
Dec 14, 2015 Mizuki rated it really liked it

So far I've read into the first 140+ pages of this book, the writing is humorous and the author's references on social and cultural practices/customs and languages of the Chinese/South East Asian communities are mostly accurate. However, I can't wholeheartedly enjoy the book when the story and the characters are more on the over-the-top melodrama side.

Plus, all of the description about the luxurious lifestyle and the comforts those rich people can enjoy are *really* getting into my n
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
Lisa See
Oct 21, 2015 Lisa See rated it it was amazing
I so loved this. The humor. The insight.
Jun 16, 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
Jul 20, 2013 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
Jun 29, 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
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
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
Jul 14, 2013 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
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Nicholas Young dan Rachel Chu telah menjalin hubungan selama hampir dua tahun, ketika Nick diminta sahabatnya untuk menjadi pengiring pengantin, dia sekalian ingin mengundang Rachel untuk mengunjungi kampung halamannya, Singapura dan berlibur keliling Asia mengunjungi tempat-tempat favorit Nick. Awalnya Rachel bimbang karena dia tidak bisa meninggalkan pekerjaan sebagai dosen di New York, tapi Nick tidak jera, selain itu Rachel beranggapan
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’
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
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
Fahri Rasihan
Oct 31, 2016 Fahri Rasihan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dari hari ke hari, hasil cover novel terjemahan yang di terbitkan oleh Gramedia Pustaka Utama semakin bagus dan menarik. Salah satunya adalah cover Crazy Rich Asians ini yang merupakan hasil karya Martin Dima. Saya selalu terkesan dengan dengan cover-cover novel terjemahan karya Martin Dima yang menurut saya selalu sederhana, tapi sangat menggambarkan isi ceritanya. Seperti cover Crazy Rich Asians ini yang di mana terdapat seorang gadis berpenampilan modis dengan kalung dan anting mutiaranya yan ...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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