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Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2013
    416 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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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"Kwan's debut is a fun, over-the-top romp through the unbelievable world of the Asian jet set, where anything from this season is already passé and one's pedigree is everything. ... A witty tongue-in-cheek frolic about what it means to be from really old money and what it's like to be crazy rich." - Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week

"Kwan's debut is a scintillating fictional look into the opulent lives of fabulously wealthy Chinese expats ... From its delightful opening scene onward, this sleek social satire offers up more than a few hilarious moments as it skewers the crafty, rich schemers who populate its pages." - Booklist

"Crazy Rich Asians is an unputdownably funny, original, modern novel. An outrageous satire of the Asian squillionaire set, this book is like a Chinese Dallas meets Pride and Prejudice. The combination of gold homewares, couture, private jets, absurd social rules and snobbery is utterly hilarious. I actually couldn't put this book down to eat or to watch Downton Abbey." - Plum Sykes, bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes

"As spicily adventurous and lusciously satisfying as the renowned Singaporean street food Kevin Kwan's characters argue over; hot and sizzling, like the best satay, and dreamily transporting, like everyone's favorite dessert -goreng pisang. Feast on this outrageously funny and insightful novel of modern manners, and enjoy!" - Lisa See, bestselling author of Dreams of Joy and Shanghai Girls

"Crazy Rich Asians is a shrewd, funny, sexy look at the spoiled jet-setter children of the Asian super-rich. It is at once a love story and a potent combination of vintage Jackie Collins and early Evelyn Waugh, everything you wanted to know about young people who have more fun, style and money than is good for them, and don't care a bit. A stunning debut." - Michael Korda, bestselling author of Charmed Lives and Queenie

"Original and fun, Crazy Rich Asians is quite a roller coaster trip. I loved it!" - Jackie Collins, bestselling author of The Power Trip

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Glia

Astrid’s story is far better than the main characters’
I expected that I would indulge in decadence of these crazy rich Asians, however, as the story goes it did get a drag to read. The story I liked the most here is Astrid's. It is heartbreaking and good, but the supposedly main characters here... omigosh sooo annoying. I couldn't connect with Rachel. She is an annoying character for me. I mean, I know she experienced a lot but as a smart person she doesn't act so smart at all. Maybe it just goes with the overly dramatic touch of this novel? I don't know. Anyhow, it was nice knowing how crazy rich others can be. Such a waste. :))

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Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore. He currently lives in Manhattan. Crazy Rich Asians is his first novel.

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