Monday, September 1, 2014

Wild for Books: Crazy Rich Asians

The Crazy Rich Asians.. Where do I even start? :)

Well, it's the newest book by Kevin Kwan and it's selling like pancakes everywhere. Being an Asian, it naturally made me curious how the author will knit the intricate Asian culture into a supposedly love story.

Synopsis from GoodReads

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.

The whole book centers on Rachel and Nick's romance but it's way more than that, it's tells a lot of small love stories here and there about different characters. From the way other girls fight for the rich bachelor to the way a reputable businessman creates quick wealth for a competitor.

Each chapter was told on a different person's perspective. There will be unwarned perspective changes mid-chapter that will keep you alert while reading. Kwan showed readers a new, unexplored view of Chinese families, especially those in the $$$ income brackets. There are moments that will leave you awed and pleasantly surprised that certain decisions and situations are possible--I know they are. Absurd but possible!

Grab this from the bookstands now! Have you read this too? Let me know what you think ;)

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