Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, 2014, c2013.
Edition: Anchor Canada ed.
ISBN: 9780385679077
0385679076
Branch Call Number: FIC Kwan
Characteristics: 527 p.

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The story is focused on prominent Chinese families who are exceedingly wealthy. It is a hilarious, truthful book about the feuds that come along with interfering mothers, expectations, spoiled children and generations of traditions. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion, comedy, romance, and drama. (submitted by JR)

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kaylee_schipani
Nov 09, 2018

Without much context, I checked this book out to see what all the hype was about. It was so interesting how the author separated the chapters to where there were multiple narrators so you got to know the different characters and how they each view the world around them. I was honestly hoping for more plot twists but found that most of the meat of the story was in the last 10 pages honestly. I liked experiencing the different cultures and family dynamics but definitely felt like the story was dragged out a big into 530 pages.

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Erikmontgelas
Nov 01, 2018

Not normally one to enjoy a type of popcorn drama novel like this, but this book had me hooked fairly early. The vivid description of the lives of the rich (and famous) in Singapore illustrated the characters that you encountered within. Needless to say, many of the characters were not likeable, but many were not meant to be. You see who you will be rooting for early on, and watch as their lives and relationships take stunning twists and turns as the result of the manipulative machinations of a few. Will most definitely be checking out book #2.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 23, 2018

Sweet, fun romcom. Makes me want to go and see the movie, and read the rest of the trilogy.

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tkwilson
Oct 14, 2018

I started to read this ebook and then it expired! I have it on hold again because I want to finish before reading the other two in the series but is already a great read and different from the movie, which I really enjoyed. The ebook has some footnotes, definitions of the words in their own language, all you have to do in the Libby app is touch the footnote symbol and it automatically goes to the back of the chapter where the definitions are, and then you can return right back to your same spot in the book, super easy to read and I love the comedy.

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kn234
Oct 10, 2018

Extremely funny and entertaining

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peckham_pouncer
Oct 09, 2018

I really enjoyed the book & found it hard to put down, having already watched the movie. The book really fleshed out some of the characters so you could really get an idea of how they lived and saw the world and their place in it. And the book doesn't wrap everything up everything in a neat happy ending bow as it appears there are going to be more books in the series. The author really gives an insightful view of a world (for me) that I thought was out there, but he really nailed the humanity money gives and takes away.

I read this as an e-book; the only issue was that the foreign words marked with symbols that you can read at the end of the chapter, are hard in an e-book as i'm not about to go flipping electronically back and forth, so by the end of the chapter when I read them, i had to imagine where it might have been said, a paper book is easier to flip back and forth.

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CarleeMcDot
Sep 24, 2018

I was on the wait list for this book for quite a while (a few weeks before the movie was set to hit the theaters) and it FINALLY became available. Although I normally prefer to read the book prior to seeing the movie, it didn't work out like that this time. Even still, I think I prefer the book to the movie. Seeing the film first stifled my imagination a little than normal because I was picturing the events how the looked on screen rather than letting my mind create the scene, but I still appreciated reading the book. And, surprisingly, there were even a few parts of the movie that I preferred over the book (such as Astrid's character and the ending of the film). I also didn't realize that this book was part of a trilogy (although, from the reviews I saw online, it sounds like this was definitely the best book of the three), so I might just have to add the remaining two books to my "for later" shelf at the library. If you've seen the movie, I wouldn't say you need to read the book, but if you haven't seen the film and are looking for an easy, entertaining read, this would definitely be enjoyable. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

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mnack_0
Sep 10, 2018

I had hoped to read the book before seeing the movie - but the hold took so long to get that it didn't work out that way. As it turned out, however, I'm actually glad I saw the movie first. It helped me to visualize how crazy rich (i.e. how crazy, how rich and how CRAZY rich!) the characters are. Plus the movie was BETTER than the book. (IMHO) Some of the adaptations to the plot were BIG improvements. The mahjong scene stands out in particular. An entertaining read - but I got a little bored with the designer name dropping. (Enough already!)

P.S. I believe the character Oliver is actually the author. HA!

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darladoodles
Sep 07, 2018

I admit I moved this book up to a priority slot on my TBR list so that I could read it before seeing the movie. It was a very entertaining read. My favorite character was Astrid and I hope in the sequels we get to see more of her story. Nick did not prepare Rachel well for their trip to Singapore, but his naivety shines an even brighter light on the antics of his family and friends. I love seeing how the crazy rich live, but do not think I want to be in their shoes. Too complicated!

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Jan 01, 2017

“But there must be something we can do.”
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action,” Sophie remarked. “If you do nothing, you’ll be sending a clear message: that you’re stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier. Think about it.”

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Mar 28, 2016

"I have no idea who these people are. But I can tell you one thing - these people are richer than God." -Peik Lin (pg 123)

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Oct 22, 2015

Eleanor had a long-held theory about men. She truly believed that for most men, all that talk of “being in love” or “finding the right one” was absolute nonsense. Marriage was purely a matter of timing, and whenever a man was finally done sowing his wild oats and ready to settle down, whichever girl happened to be there at the time would be the right one.

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