Updated: May 3
I'm happy to finally get to review China Rich Girlfriend, which I heard as an audiobook. I tried my best to keep major spoilers from this review to give you a chance to enjoy the book with all its surprises. If you are looking for a social-distancing, book recommendation, continue reading so I can tell you what I loved about China Rich Girlfriend and why you should add it to your TBR.
Kevin Kwan, bestselling author ofCrazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.
On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.
Set two years after the events in Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan continues the stories that took place in Crazy Rich Asians and introduces new characters that have a connection to Rachel.
I enjoyed taking the journey with the audiobook because the narrator was super natural in the way she went through the book.
Truly, China Rich Girlfriend focuses most of its plot around Rachel's newly-found family. Her connection with her brother and his rich, influencer girlfriend, Colette, as well as the appearance and sudden absence of her father. Thanks to Colette, they have an extravagant stay in Asia as well as shopping weekends in Paris. Colette was all about excess. Rachel and Nick focused a lot with making amends with family, although Nick's grandmother wasn't having it (to say the least).
The Astrid plot was turbulent, and yet rewarding–or so I think. Her now-rich husband turned into a superficial asshole who treated her horribly; it was quite painful going through those chapters because Astrid is my favorite character and she deserved better. But Charlie was unconditionally there, even though he had marriage problems of his own.
The Kitty plot was quite unexpected and unreliable. Truly, it ended somewhere I didn't expect.
Overall, there was a lot of drama, but I was already expecting it, considering CRA had a similar nature. I enjoyed this book and I really recommend the audiobook; it made a difference in the experience.
Here is all the info for China Rich Girlfriend :
Reading Challenge No.: 10/45
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Length: 15h 05m
Series or Standalone? #Series - Crazy Rich Asians # 2
"'Wait a minute–I'm in first class. Take me to first class,' Edison Cheng said contemptuously to the flight attendant escorting him to his seat."
Favorite Character: Rachel and Astrid are forever my favorites.
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