Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Crazy, Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians was a lot of fun. I would have never known about this author or series if a friend hadn't recommended it to me so I'm so glad she did. 

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.

I was hooked from the first scene in the coffee shop where Nick asked Rachel to join him in Singapore for the summer and I stayed hooked all the way to the end.  It helped that the narrator's voice was perfect for the story (I listened to the audiobook).  I always know I am enjoying a book when I start getting emotionally involved in it, talking to it (or yelling), feeling angry, happy, etc... The characters in this book were written so well that I felt like I was going through all of the emotional turmoil with them. Their personalities ranged from down to earth and modest to crazy eccentric and completely out of control. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions and also wanting a few of the characters to be swiftly removed from their high horses. Mostly though, I rooted for the two main characters to find their happiness.

And yes, I grabbed the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, immediately.  I'm really looking forward to the continuation of this series.

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