Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Nicholas Young and Rachel Chu are young professors that have been dating for the past two years while living in New York City. When Nicholas asks Rachel to attend his best friend's wedding and meet his family in Singapore, she is eager to accompany him. What Rachel is not prepared for is how "crazy rich" Nicholas' family and friends are.
Nicholas' parents and grandparents have "dusty" coins ::Tamar voice:: or what is known as old money. When Rachel arrives in Singapore and the introductions start she is immediately overwhelmed by all the opulence. What she doesn't know is how much gossip proceeds her arrival. Rachel is like a lamb being led to the slaughter.
Peik Lin, Rachel's best friend and Singapore native, is her guardian angel of sorts that navigates her through all the do's and don'ts of the Singapore elite. Peik Lin is not able to give Rachel a crash course on how evil the crazy rich can be when it comes to shutting out outsiders from their inner circle. Rachel is dealt a life changing blow by Nicholas' mother that almost destroys her relationship with Nicholas and her relationship with her own mother. The crazy rich are not here for your feelings or life.
The supporting narratives of Nick's cousins and family friends were so fitting and often times hilarious. If you are into fashion the descriptions of haute couture pieces and extravagant jewelry will bring you joy. If you are one to troll gossip blogs this novel will not disappoint. One of the characters in the novel said it best: "At some point, we all have to pay the price for our excess." I can't wait to read more from Kevin Kwan!
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