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.
Perhaps it’s my Asian genes, but I was really drawn to this book when I was browsing through the online bookstore. It sat on my Wishlist for a while and I finally decided to download it last week. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!
There are SO many things that made to go, “THAT’S MY FAMILY!” Not the rich part, obviously, but there were elements that I could totally relate to. (My husband lovingly refers to me as ‘Chincy Chow’ from time to time.)
Aside from the bits of relatability, Crazy Rich Asians is a fun, easy read. The lack of character development and plot seems to be a bone of contention with many people who have read the book, but I think the author wanted the main focus of the book to be the ricidulous over-the-top spending of the Singaporean wealthy rather than the character’s inner hopes and dreams. (I noticed that there’s a sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, so perhaps we’ll learn more there.)
I truly enjoyed this book and found myself laughing out loud a lot! Sure, the characters are shallow, but what crazy rich person isn’t? I still gave Crazy Rich Asians 5 stars out of 5.