This is my Book Riot Reading Challenge entry for an author from Southeast Asia.
The first in a seris, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the scheming, backstabbing and gossip associated with them as one of their heirs and most eligible bachelors brings his ABC (American Born Chinese) girlfriend home to Singapore for the wedding of the year.
Nick Young thinks that Rachel Chu might be the one but love isn't that simple in his wealthy family. He hasn't told her that he is heir apparent to a massive empire and his family is all but royalty in elite Singapore society. Convinced that she is an unworthy gold-digger, Nick's family set about ruining their relationship.
This isn't a novel that would have been on my radar but it was delightful in its humor and thought provoking nature. The characterization is brilliant. The described opulence is staggering and I had no idea about the cultural clash between old money and new money. This should be a new reality show on BRAVO! I'm pretty much hooked on these characters and need to read the follow up, China Rich Girfrield, to find out what happens with Rachel and Nick plus the score of other characters.
PS - the audiobook is fantastic!
Final rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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