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  • C.J. Rodgers

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Updated: Apr 28, 2019

What’s up! Welcome back to Books and A Mug! Today will be an exciting day! I don’t want to give too much away, but be aware that you will get various updates today! This post will be a review of the book Crazy Rich Asians. I finally finished the book after being a little behind due to classes beginning this week, but I’m so eager to share what I took away from the book.

First things first, the cover for this novel is beautiful to look at. If you haven’t heard of the book, the cover itself would draw you into buying it (speaking as a serial book cover buyer). However, in my case, I did know of the novel and the movie. I was aware that it was a romance and it had to do with crazy rich Asians! What those statements meant at the time was over my head.

The way the story is set up it is a third person narrative. Which means it is not from just one characters point of view. So each chapter is what another character is doing or going through and it is broken up into three parts.

The story begins in New York City with Rachel Chu and Nick Young on a date. They are talking about taking a summer vacation together to Singapore. At this point in the story they have been together for 2 years and they live together in an apartment. Rachel and Nick are professors at NYU. Rachel is unsure at this moment about going with Nick and then finally gives in to going on this summer vacation with him. Though Nick did not know that people who were familiar with him were also at the same place. By the end of this date, everyone in the elite circle that Nick was brought up in, knows that Nick has a lady on his arm and she is coming to Singapore.

In the events leading up to the couple’s departure from the states to Singapore, Nick is conflicted with the realization that Rachel has not been told a thing about his family. Except that she knows of his cousin Astrid. Even Astrid tells him to prep her before they come and he decides against it thinking that she will be loved either way.

Once landed the elite are all in a hurry to prepare for the wedding of Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee. This event is the biggest the island has seen in a while and you have to be dressed to impress. Because Nick has been asked to be the best man Rachel is going to the wedding as his date and everyone knows. Even his mother, Eleanor Young. Ms, Young is very well to do woman due to the dollar sign attached to her name. She only wants the best for Nick and Rachel isn’t that, she knows this for a pure fact. So she and the other conspiring women of this powerful circle do their best to dig up the skeletons in Rachel’s closet, to prove and push her out of the picture before this wedding takes place.

In a story of understanding love, finding it, and keeping it, Rachel must go through the process of acceptance in a hard circle to get accepted into. Facing snooty rich brats, conniving mothers, and finding a rare oddball in the bunch. Can she handle these Crazy Rich Asians?

This was a very fun read. My attention was quickly drawn in and I didn’t want to stop reading. This novel definitely made me emote, especially when it came to Astrid and Rachel. The characters all had their own personalities, brilliantly portrayed. The phrase, “You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors,” comes to mind. Things that I didn’t like about the book are few. The cliffhanger had me a little upset. But being upset in this case is silly because this is a series. Three books in total, this being the first. The other things I didn’t like, were about characters. I don’t want to give away anything to anyone who wants to read the book or see the movie. Just know there are a couple characters that I just want to talk to and get somethings off my chest. Other than that this book easily gets five stars for the story, the detail, the way everything was woven together to mesh very nicely. The novel has lots of cultural aspects about it that gave the story its own personality. The culture would have to be my favorite part of the story hands down. The book has a lot of mandarin words and there are definitions at the bottom of the page, which is very cool. I would recommend to anyone who loves a romance with twists and turns to it. Meaning, not an easy happy ending. I will pick up the second and third novel to read and review. If you haven’t read it, go pick up Crazy Rich Asians!


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