Updated: May 2, 2020
This week I'm most likely going to catch up with my reviews and bring content to try and help ease your social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you've heard of Crazy Rich Asians the movie or the book, I hope I give you the little push you need to watch the movie and read the book.
Anyways, this is all about the book (audiobook) in the most possible, spoiler-free way.
Let's get started:
Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. 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. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.
After watching the movie for Crazy Rich Asians, I knew I needed to read the book because usually the book is better than the movie and the movie was amazing.
So her I am, reporting back to tell you that the book (or audiobook) was just as good.
Crazy Rich Asians had different plots that at first were pretty hard to keep up with because many names were throw around and it was hard to know who was relevant and who wasn't.
There is much more drama in the book than in the movie, and we get to dive more into Astrid Leong's marriage drama, and Eleanor Young's schemes, but truthfully one of the main storylines was the Rachel Chu/Nicolas Young plot. We also hear more about Kitty Pong, the actress, who gets to have her own journey in the book.
Kwan covers so much ground with the plots he presents, and even through at times it feels a little all over the place, he doesn't forget to let us know what is going on with each plot. The end of the book feels like a full cycle, which doesn't make it unbearable to wait for the next book.
Because I got to listen to this book, I feel the need to say that the narrator is amazing, which made me enjoy the audiobook so much. The foreign language words are pronounced so smoothly, something I would have undoubtedly struggled with, and I got to learn the translation of some of the phrases right after.
Overall, I enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians (the book) in a different way that I enjoyed the movie, which is different in ways I can't discuss without giving away spoilers. It is important that both are seen as separate things in order to fully appreciate what each has to offer in their medium.
Here is all the info for Crazy Rich Asians:
Reading Challenge No.: 7/45
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Length: 13h 54m
Series or Standalone? #FirstInSerie - Crazy Rich Asians # 1
"Nicholas Young slumped into the nearest seat in the hotel lobby, drained from the sixteen-hour flight from Singapore, the train ride from Heathrow Airport, and trudging through the rain-soaked streets."
Favorite Character: Astrid Leong
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I have really fallen behind with Woven in Moonlight, The Tenth Girl, China Rich Girlfriend, and Ember Queen waiting to be reviewed. Since I'm working from home this week, I'll have a little more time to write those and publish them.
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