A Short Review of Crazy Rich Asians

“Aiyoooooh, finish everything on your plate, girls! Don’t you know there are children starving in America?”

Kevin Kwan

I am sure a handful of readers have either read Crazy Rich Asians or seen the movie by now, for today’s blog post I thought I share my thoughts on the book.

Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel Chu, an NYU Econ Professor, who was raised by a single immigrant mother. Rachel’s boyfriend, Nick Young, another professor at NYU, invites her to spend a summer with him and his relatives in Singapore. Rachel thinks Nick is just an ordinary guy who was born in Singapore and attended school in England. But Rachel is in for the shock of her life when she discovers that Nick’s family is not just rich but crazy rich, and everyone hates her.

This book bored me at the beginning. There are so many characters who act like brats and not enough drama I almost put the book down thirty pages in!

In July, I went camping and had nothing to do but read Crazy Rich Asians on my phone. Naturally, I got sucked into the story and I ended up enjoying it.

One of the things I disliked about Crazy Rich Asians was all the different characters that appeared. I found it very confusing. A lot of these characters only had brief introductions and continued appearing in the story, but I could not remember what rich family they were tied too.

Luckily, Kwan has a family tree at the beginning; and I found myself constantly flipping back to the family tree to refresh my memory. However, there is no family tree to save you if you forget the name of one of Nick’s friends.

The second thing that annoyed me with this book was all the slang and phrases. I love when authors sprinkle phrases in different languages because it adds depth to the story. But Kwan constantly uses these colorful phrases and only defines them once which confused me and took me out of the story.

I give Crazy Rich Asians 4 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I recommend picking this book up on a lazy Sunday morning when you’re feeling under the weather. All of the drama and scandal might just be what you need to get you out of the funk.

Until next time keep living in libros,


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