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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.
 

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Crazy Rich Asians pulled me in
July 14th, 2015
I took this book on vacation for something light and it was strangely addicting. The travel and foreign cities was fascinating and the detail of the lives of the really crazy rich turned out to be fun. But the people and their lives are what now makes me want to read book 2. Fun and guilty pleasure. Go for it.
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Crazy rich Asians
July 8th, 2015
Very interesting worth the read and written well.Great insight on the caste system in Asia.Over all enjoye
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Good soapy fun
May 27th, 2015
Great Singapore soap opera of a book, a very enjoyable read. Some reviewers have said the ending left questions but that's because there is a sequel coming--China-Rich Girlfriend. I will definitely pick up the sequel!
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Very entertaining!
May 5th, 2015
This book was a pleasant surprise. Quite entertaining! The idiosyncrasies of the rich.....always good for a laugh!
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We can all relate.
April 26th, 2015
Im half Chinese and found it so true to form to speak English with sprinkles of Chinese mid sentence like in this book. It was funny. And for someone like me who was conceived in Singapore, born in Hong Kong, raised in the UK, and now living in North America, I found this book really related to me. Its funny how the places are displayed - for those familiar with them, it rings a chord and for those who have never been, a good snippet of various locales and customs. Im not crazy rich but I totally get this (in my last trip to HK I was told to wear at least 3 designer names at a time, or risk looking frumpy), and you dont have to be Asian to relate to characters in this book. It helps to understand the foreign phrases to really enjoy the mood/humour immediately (as opposed to looking up footnotes at end of chapters/bottoms of pages), but its not necessary.
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Very entertaining
April 21st, 2015
I truly enjoyed te book. The main charactors are very interesting and you begin to care for them as if they were long time friends. I can't wait for the sequel as I was sad that I was finalized the hook because I enjoyed it so mich.
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A good read
April 3rd, 2015
I picked this up because I was looking for something different (white people get tired of reading about whites-only too). It was a satisfying read. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, which I normally don't tend to like, but it is written well and I didn't have too much trouble keeping the complex friend-and-family connections in order. Recommended, all though the ending leaves you wanting more out of the novel.
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beautiful description, weird plot
March 31st, 2015
This book is like taking a vacation to Singapore. The description is beautiful and decadent. The plot and characters however were under developed and the ending was abrupt.
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Exciting Read - Couldn't put it down!
March 13th, 2015
Despite all the twist and turns in the family line Kevin Kwan somehow manages to emerge the reader into the family. I was so engrossed I could probably tell you how everyone is related! I feel a sequel is necessary because I really need to know what happened with Ah Mah, Eddie, Fiona, Astrid, Charlie and of course Rachel and Nick. Beautiful descriptive writing - you'll love it and feel tempted to book the next flight to Singapore!
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Crazy Rich Red
January 30th, 2015
Funny and over-the-top extravagant read. You will not be able to believe how some of these families live. A bright book perfect for those times when you just need a good escapist story.
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Interior view of rich asian families
January 28th, 2015
Such an enjoyable read. A look inside different generations of rich Singaporean families, and the ways their children grow up. Great gossipy story!
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So Much Fun!
October 30th, 2014
This book details I world I can barely even imagine living in and it was so much fun to read. Sometimes this type of novel can be predictable to the point where I put it down because I already know what's going to happen but this one kept me involved and excited even when I could see where the cards would fall. I can't wait for the movie!
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Crazy Rich Asians
July 24th, 2014
Fun light fiction sprinkled with interesting Asian customs and traditions.
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1 review
February 12th, 2014
Hilarious, eye-opening and it all "sounds" very real. A very entertaining and enlightening book, bringing many insights of the uppity society and definitions of rich. Good read! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Crazy Rich asians
February 4th, 2014
Very light but informative on life of the rich in Singapore
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Enjoyable
January 31st, 2014
Interesting and enjoyable book. The stories of the lavish spending and the privileged lifestyles were quite amusing. My only criticism was the very abrupt ending which left me feeling the book was incomplete.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book which really relies heavily on stereotypes is still a fun read. I feel Kevin Kwan is making more of a statement about social class distinction which is common to all societies while still having fun with the eccentricities which are common but not unique to Asia.
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January 23rd, 2014
Was a fun book with an out of my world plot. There was perhaps too much backstory, too much detail of periphery characters and too many romantic hiccups for my taste, but I don't typically read this genre. It was interesting and well written enough for me to finish in one evening.
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1 person found this helpful
Finished in 2 days!
December 16th, 2013
Interesting to read from another Asian perspective... But the ending, what exactly happens with the couple?!
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5 of 6 people found this helpful
Good book but cop-out ending
December 5th, 2013
Really great first effort by the author. The story is highly entertaining and kinda like an Asian Gossip Girl for adults. The only thing I didn't like about this book was how the ending was so abrupt. It left a lot of questions
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