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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liljables Aug 15, 2018

The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is released in North America today! I wasn't particularly interested in reading this series, but I definitely want to support the first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast since 1993. If you like seeing diversity on the big screen, make sure to spend your movie-going bucks on this film.

Of course, I had to read the book before seeing the movie, so I picked up and devoured Crazy Rich Asians last week (and inhaled the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, this week). It's not my typical genre - it was quite fluffy compared to my usual dark, twisted fare - but I had a great time with this book. Thanks to our innocent Chinese-American heroine, Rachel, we get a deeply voyeuristic look in to the lives of the crazy rich.

I think this novel will lend itself to an incredible film adaptation - it's going to be a feast for the eyes!

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bookycakes
Aug 15, 2018

Not exactly my type (so many characters, so many details!) but an enjoyable story and a nice taste of what I might expect from the movie! I found myself seriously rooting for Astrid and very invested in her life, and I want to see what happens for the family in the next book.

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HKMar
Aug 14, 2018

The movie I can already tell is not like the book. I will read book 2 of this series but I found fascinating the similarities of old money of other countries/cultures similar to western values concerning wealth and legitimacy. Although archaic and wayward it is quite intriguing.

debwalker Aug 13, 2018

Book source for the new movie, in an unusually good summer release season.

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jalipio
Aug 07, 2018

CRA was a good book. I like how it jumps from character to character storyline.

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telger
Aug 07, 2018

I'm Asian! And I really, really wanted to like this book!
But sorry not for me!

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EmilyEm
Aug 01, 2018

Nick Young and Rachel Chu, NYC college teachers, travel to Nick’s home in Singapore for a summer vacation and Nick’s participation in a wedding as a friend’s best man. As Nick talks little of his family, Rachel is unprepared for his large family of ‘crazy rich Asians.’

Perfect summer read with as one review says a ‘Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.’ Two more titles in this satirical series. I’ll be sure to read them, too.

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alimaderak
Jul 27, 2018

I am a tough critic when it comes to elitist rom/com/drama books, ever since the awful Fifty Shades series. This, however, is a fantastic easygoing read that won't make you roll your eyes at the cheesy lines, or blush at the absurd sex scenes. It's funny (I literally laughed out loud in public), witty, intriguing, and romantic without actually being overtly romanticized. I initially held back from reading because of my earlier assumptions, and now I regret not reading the series sooner!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 25, 2018

Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nicholas are going to Southeast Asia to attend the wedding of the year. Nicholas had also suggested for her to meet his family during their visit. Thinking that her summer would be relaxation central, Rachel doesn't know what adventures are really in store for her. With unimaginable plot twists and surprises at every turn of the page, "Crazy Rich Asians" was a delightful read. Set in Singapore, you'll indulge into a world of fashion, fame, luxury, drama and most of all, what it's really like to be "crazy rich". This fast-paced book will make you find yourself unable to peel away from it. Furthermore, the detail and the author's writing style in "Crazy Rich Asians" enhances the reading experience tremendously. You'll truly learn about the different personalities of each character in the book and their diverse point of views. Not to mention, you'll adore the little side notes that the author leaves which will help with the comprehension of definitions for terms/slangs in other languages such as Malay or Cantonese. Only criticism is that there is mature language in the book and may not be suitable for all audiences. However, overall, this book is a must-read and I know I'm speaking for numerous of people when I say that you'd be missing out if you haven't read "Crazy Rich Asians" yet. Rate: 4/5 stars.
- @ReadingIceCream of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

When Rachel Chu agrees to accompany her boyfriend Nicholas Young to a trip to Singapore, she has no idea what she's getting herself into. With Asia's most eligible bachelor by her side, Racheal is swept up in the world of Asia's wealthiest families. If I'm being honest I'm not really sure why I liked this book so much. I think it was the fact of just reading about everyone's drama just left you on the edge of your seat. Although one thing that this book, like many books that change perspectives struggles with is that at points you can easily get confused with what’s happening to other characters and side plots. In addition to this, most of the book did seem to drag on for a large portion up until Part 3. I definitely enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to seeing it on the big screen. Rating: 4 Stars
- @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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lukasevansherman
Jul 11, 2018

Very much a soap opera, but a well-written, occasionally observant one. The Singapore setting offers a fresh perspective. Followed by two more books. Suggested pairing: cheap champagne and lots of 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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