Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Book Summary

A hilarious and heartwarming New York Times bestselling novel—the basis for the acclaimed major motion picture!

"There's rich, there's filthy rich, and then there's crazy rich ... A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family.” –PEOPLE

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
 
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Book Reviews

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- Some Parts Good. Some Parts Filler.3 star

There were parts of this book that I very much enjoyed. Many characters were well developed and interesting (Astrid). However, many characters were unnecessary and the detail devoted to them, including the settings in which they are presented serve merely as filler. Overall, I stuck with this book through the end because I can’t stand to leave a book unfinished, and I did enjoy parts of it. However, I can’t recommend it.

- Great book!5 star

I wish I read it before the movie! Either way both were well done in their own ways, and of course with the book coming first I can’t be disappointed! Such a great story! Time to start the next!

- !Amazing book!5 star

I recently began reading the book, it keeps you interested in the story line while explaining the family history and such 10/10 would recommend

- Fun Read!5 star

Picked this up over the weekend & read it. It was the adventure my brain needed to escape! I highly recommend.

- Have to Read Em All5 star

Kevin Kwan believer. Will buy all his books🎏💁‍♀️

- Horrible writing and nonsense1 star

Terrible reading and jr high writing

- Eh...3 star

I enjoyed the movie more than I did the book.

- Boring1 star

I now know more about fancy designer labels, five Star restaurants and grand living than I know anything about the characters in this book. I could only read on chapter a day because the book is so boring. You can’t keep track of who’s who and the main characters Rachael and Nick are drowned out of the story because of all the explanations of house Rich the families are. I don’t even want to read book two because book one already ruined my passion for reading.

- Great read5 star

Lots of fun—great beach/plane reading. It’s similar to the film, but many of the characters have a much fuller backstory in this book.

- Funny and entertaining!5 star

I really enjoy the characters!

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- Freaking amazing!!!!5 star

When I read the book then the next two books and watched the movie... I was so surprised. I didn’t expect the movie to be that good like the books. The books had more detail and more characters witch is the best but this book is soooo...FREAKING AMAZING!!!!

- good if you like long descriptions of wealth3 star

i really wish there was an abridged version of this book where you take out all the long descriptions of places and clothes and histories of a family’s wealth— that way i could get to the meat of the story: who the characters are, what their motives are, what they want, what their struggles are. like, i get it— they’re rich. you really don’t have to spend pages and pages reminding me that they are. also, really the most interesting story was astrid’s, but it’s a sub-plot rather than the main focus, which is unfortunate. also also, literally the only time i was super absorbed in the book was at LITERALLY THE VERY END when rachel’s mom is telling her backstory. it’s literally just a retelling in dialogue, but things are actually happening there— her plot was moving without stopping for pages just to be like, “look at all the expensive furniture in this room.” there were also just way too many characters to keep up with. i know this is sort of purposeful, to show the environment, but i lose track of all the characters and then end up not caring about any of them except for rachel, nick, astrid, michael, and peik lin. i definitely don’t like any characters except for those + mehmet and sophie, minus michael and honestly, minus nick. i guess i liked araminta at first, but then at the wedding when she was being bitchy to astrid, i dropped her. so when there are like 50 characters that are constantly brought up and you only like 5, i stopped really being invested. some parts of it also felt like just a travel ad for singapore? the author goes into a lot of depth into descriptions of food and places to get the best dishes. why were there so many times like, “here’s a description of this delicacy. rachel took one bite and said, ‘mmmm!’” the ending was also so unsatisfying, not only because it didn’t resolve anyone’s stories— what’s happening with nick and rachel? what about nick and his family? what about astrid and michael? astrid and charlie? what about cassian? he’s never really a character. what about eddie and fiona and their kids? bernard, alistair, and kitty? francesca and her grandfather and their whole family? amanda and her mom? amanda and nick?— and also not only because it was anticlimactic with no drive or energy at all, but also because it fell under the same trope that i see male writers write breakup arcs. the woman breaks up with the man, the man begs to get back together, he doesn’t give up and “proves” to the woman that they should get back together, and then the woman changes her mind. it’s very disrespectful to the person doing the breaking up. the writer even hinted that astrid and michael will get back together, even after michael broke up with astrid. charlie even suggests that astrid refuse to divorce michael for a year, and colin tells nick to go the extra mile in getting rachel back. it’s just really like, hey, if someone wants to break up with you, please respect that? it’s definitely a pet peeve of mine, as i’m sure you can tell, but it’s just disrespectful to the other party and what they want, and if we have so much media with this “breakup redemption arc” trope, then it supports this idea that it works and that that behavior it’s ok, when people really need to learn how to go through a breakup healthily and that it’s ok to break up. anyway. there are some things about the book that i like. it made me happy to see characters tying in asian values to their very not-asian ways— with filial piety and feng shui and all. and i’m glad to see a book about asians written by an asian person being shared and read by so many people. but this was not the right book for me. if you enjoy reading about super rich people and super rich things and awing over fashion and descriptions of food, this is the book for you.

- A fun read!5 star

A good, quick read that can take maybe a day to get through if you are a fast reader. Simple dialogue and quirky romance that makes it the perfect beach day book! Would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

- Crazy Rich Asians5 star

Really nice book to read a bit mindlessly. Keep reading til the end that’s when it gets good. Overall I’d recommend it.

- Not as expected2 star

If you are looking for a story about a couple falling in love and fighting for it, this is not it. I think the last couple of chapters were the most interesting, but it is still anticlimactic with no real point to the book. I chose not to read on to the next book. It was not to my taste at least.

- Amazing!!5 star

This book was amazing!! Highly recommend it!

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- Fun, but....3 star

I don't have a problem with the book being light and airy. The writing is a bit stilted, but that doesn't bother me, either. I didn't buy it because I thought it was going to be a retelling of Genghis Khan as told to Shakespeare. I was looking for a frothy read, and I found it. What DOES bother me is that the footnotes are placed at the END of each chapter, not on the same page as the words or phrases they elucidate. The elucidations do me no good at all! If the footnotes MUST be placed at the end, maybe it would be better to at least repeat the word or phrase in question to remind the reader which one it is?!

- Can’t believe this is a movie?1 star

I read this because my book club selected it, but I can’t believe they’ve made a movie out of this? Nothing unique or original. A bad soap opera only more trite, shallow and predictable!

- Great Read!5 star

Loved better than the movie. But the movie is phenomenal!

- Fun read5 star

Fun read

- Crazy Rich Asians5 star

This book was very entertaining and hilariously funny and good.

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- Hilarious4 star

A very different world that is hard to imagine but entertaining to read about!

- Crazy Rich Asians4 star

Very good book! Really enjoyed it. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is I likes how he movie ended better. I guess if I didn’t see the movie it would have been 5 stars.

- Fun4 star

Relaxing fun good read. No surprises. Take this on vacation.

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- Loved it5 star

I was glued to this book for a week.! Better than binge watching Netflix!!!

- Crazy Rich Asians5 star

The best book that I have read in awhile.Funny and refreshing

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- The book is always better5 star

I decided to read this book after seeing the movie because I fell in love with the characters. This books allows you a little more access to the characters. A layer that the movie just did not allow you to see. Their stories become a little more alive and vivid. This book had me laughing, oohing and ahhing more than the movie. A must read. Now on the second of the trilogy.

- Crazy rich Asians1 star

This book was a waste of time. The writing style is ordinary. The plot is repetitive and vapid. I certain.y won’t start the other titles in the series.

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- Fun read5 star

This was a fun summer read. Now I want to see the movie.

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- amazing read!!!5 star

I loved this book. I could not put it down!!!!! Definitely a must read!

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- Crazy RichAsians5 star

I hated that the ending came quickly. Read book first and then go see movie. There are some storyline changes - I wish they kept to the story.

- Crazy Rich Asians.4 star

Fun book. Entertaining and I assume informative

- Brilliant!5 star

The perfect mix of comedy, drama and extravagant luxury! Heartwarming-ly romantic.

- Addictive5 star

This was a refreshingly fun read. It was so addictive that I was walking and reading it on my phone everywhere I went. (Not advisable)

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- Very fun!4 star

Insightful, funny and a guilty pleasure!

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honeysusus - Couldn’t Put the Book Down!5 star

When I first heard about “Crazy Rich Asians” I was pretty conflicted with it, stories about rich people problems, money and high society never really entertained me, but when I saw that it was being made into a movie, I decided to give it a read and boy it was a great choice. The book was hilariously funny and also relatable (in Rachel’s perspective). The book gave off not only funny scenarios but also had a touch of seriousness to it. It was a book filled with equally balanced drama and comedy, although the book was rather confusing with its thousands of characters (what could I expect with asian families?) it was a wonderful read that gave off different feelings with it’s different characters, like Astrid and Peik Lin. Had to stopped myself from reading because I didn’t want it to end! Give it a read and see for yourself!

Is this the final book? - loveeee5 star

incredible book and trilogy! im super excited to see the movie when it comes out!

Hbehrmann - A fun summer read.5 star

Great story for lazy summer days.

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MissMary J - Couldn't. Put It. Down!!!5 star

I work 50 hours a week, have a husband and three kids, AND I'm in school. I purchased this book to read for my chronic insomnia but finished it in four days because I could not fathom sitting it down for too long!! So funny and engaging...I'm seriously buying the next one as soon as I'm done writing this review. What an absolutely delicious break from my daily grind!!!! Phenomenal read.

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sad sad sue - I demand the hours I wasted on this book back1 star

Less than the shadow one star would make sliding off my Kindle screen as it collapsed into a puddle of tears over the loss of precious moments spent on it. Really not amusing Barely one dimensional characters And a nauseatingly "happy" ending

GIsymar - Easy read4 star

Not going to win a literary award but will fly off the bookshelves. Such an easy book to read when you need to escape the entanglements of the world today. A great way to understand bits and pieces of Singapore culture and nuances. It also reminds me that happiness does not come from any goods purchased but in the compassionate humans we bring into our life. That is our most valuable treasure.

Buffalomike1 - New and exciting and familiar4 star

Fun and funny!

SonicAllstar - Great Easy Read5 star

Hard to put down, as the book weaves between story lines you grow to love the characters. I chuckled, laughed and grew attached to the families. I did not want the book to end!!!

LoadedDown - Crazy Rich Asians2 star

This book was long and very soap opera like with subtle humor. The descriptions of the wealth of the characters was over done. The ending was bad. Very abrupt resolution leaving too many unresolved story lines. It was described as a comedy but it wasn't that funny. Maybe because I am not Asian I just do t get it. I wasted my time reading this. I'm very disappointed with the end.

MAD & AGGRAVATED - Love it: )5 star

I could not put this book down. It was fantastic. I cannot wait to see this made into a movie!!!

okshorty - beach read5 star

skip the gossip mags and read this book during your beach bum days!!! hope there will be a great follow from Kwan.

Tunes4free - Cotton candy read2 star

The literature and quality of writing is awful and the descriptions are too extravagant. I understand that the story is supposed to be extreme but the details are in the way of the story if there even is a story. Although there are glaring mistakes in the book, it is a rather intriguing book. The cultural aspects are on point and the lives are well put together. My largest issue is that I don't really establish a relationship with the characters. I finished the book not really knowing the reasons of all their decisions or sympathizing with them. Overall the book could have been better had the writing been better.

TheFunmi - Crazy Rich Asians5 star

Great summer read, loved the cultural context, reminded me of some of the quirks in my own culture.

kelvinchennyc - Hysterical laugh out loud5 star

I read this book initially with skepticism and boy was I hooked. The characters are over the top, their lavish lifestyles would make any Western millionaire blush. Overall, it is a great fun read.

SJ Fouts - Asian Soap Opera...Meh...2 star

This is good beach read because when your under a hot sun and the influence of some pink coconut drink, you won't need many brain cells to concentrate on the plot. I had to start skimming because so many paragraphs just rattled off describing designers and labels...

Squids88 - Crazy rich Asians5 star

Excellent reading. I was born and raised in Singapore so could relate to the story.

Tkim250 - Good summer read5 star

Love the story line of this book. Some parts were boring, also trying to remember all of the families names confused me. Totally want a sequel!

SD Lusetti - A great first novel5 star

Having just returned from Singapore, this was a perfect book to read. Loved the realistic references. Great characters and a sweet love story! Congrats on a lovely first novel, Kevin.

Whatisalyd - Alright4 star

Good story, I felt the author was lazy with the ending.

SheepyLammyLam - Love it! Engrossing read.5 star

Made me hungry but then I am Singaporean! We are food mad!

Rowbertrr - Oklahhh...2 star

Too many Alamaks. Too cute an ending ...Aiyo..;)

JenBirdistheWord - All Style, No Substance2 star

Very little happened in this book, and it was quite shallow. Lots of descriptions of the crazy culture of rich Asians, which was interesting, but got tiresome after awhile. So many minor characters, it was hard to keep track. It was a good sleep aid - put me to sleep in a few minutes almost every night!

Sfostuporelite - Painfully two-dimensiona1 star

It seems that the author spent more time researching designer names than considering readers might want more character development or, heaven forbid, a bit of texture to the plot.

Marymike1609 - Crazy Rich Asians5 star

Enjoyed your book very much. Will look forward to the next. Mary

moozikgrl - So much fun!5 star

Loved it! Completely, unashamedly over the top. Funny and heartwarming too. Great summer read.

ALR KS - Crazy Rich Asians5 star

I hope there is a sequel!

Ewierd - Couldn't put it down5 star

I spent many late nights reading this book. It was a great story! I hope there is a sequel.

shalan1982 - Interesting but not exceptional3 star

The ending made the book mediocre.

Lotrgirl - A perfect Summer novel5 star

I'm so impressed with this first novel from Kevin Kwan. It was a refreshing approach to the extravagant lifestyles I am so used to hearing about and bored to death with.

AKAOTIS - A Laugh out Loud History Book4 star

This is a great read! Loved the historical aspect along with the extravagance. So much of this story is so crazy it must have a lot of truth to it !

Postalgirl12 - Crazy rich Asians5 star

What a treat!.. Excellent reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The attention to details was magnificent. I felt transported to a rich sumptuous new world.

narly59 - Fun Summer Read!!!5 star

Loved the book. Looking forward to the sequel. Very fast paced with lots of intrigue. Really appreciated the footnotes, although it would be very helpful to include phonetic pronunciation!

Xtina61 - So so2 star

A very lightweight story from a below average writer.

Ehenry1962 - Still laughing!4 star

What a fun read! No real surprises but it was fun to read how the über rich live in Singapore.

American in Asia - Writer4 star

Wow, some of this is so true, I am writing a book on the super rich here as well. The wealth is truly unbelievable and the things the rich do here are different than what the wealthy do in the west.

Sosays.she - Perfect beach read!5 star

This is the perfect book for a quick summer read. I couldn't put it down! Well worth reading.

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Kevin Kwan (born 1973/1974) is an American novelist and writer of satirical novels Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. His latest book, Sex and Vanity, was released in June 2020.In 2014, Kwan was named as one of the "Five Writers to Watch" on the list of Hollywood's Most Powerful Authors published by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2018, Kwan made Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people and was inducted into The Asian Hall of Fame. Early life Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore as the youngest of three boys, into an established Chinese Singaporean family. His great-grandfather, Oh Sian Guan, was a founding director of Singapore's oldest bank, the Ove...

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