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message 1: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (jennywilliams88) | 677 comments Blurb: 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.

Review: I really enjoyed this book, which is surprising as I don't read a lot of chick-lit (January's tag is more my thing!) but it shouldn't have been such a surprise - I like Jane Austen & Bridget Jones, and this is a mix of both.

It made me laugh in several places - I especially appreciated the Harry Potter reference - and I loved the footnotes regarding Singapore's culture (unless you are Asian most of this aspect would be lost on you, so they're very much needed).

message 2: by Amy (new)

Amy | 8303 comments China Rich Girlfriend is on my Trim list, for the second year in a row. Plus it matches one of the state tags. I always feel it is a pool and beach read.

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