This entire series was such a great, exhilarating, insane ride! I listened to the audiobooks for all three of these and would HIGHLY recommend consuming in this format. Beyond the great voice acting, we also had the footnotes-which there were aplenty-whispered. Yes, whispered! They were done as a a sort of “gossip” aside and it fit in so well with the entire theme of the series!
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1 )
Crazy Rich Asians is my second favorite movie ever. (FYI: Cruel Intentions is and always will be my first.)
I first went to see it in theaters with my Mom and then rewatched it with my hubby a few nights ago. He loved it too btw.
I knew I wanted to listen to the audio of it so I checked my library and it finally was available to check out.
I liked Astrid more in the novel then I did in the movie and the dynamic with her and Michael was definitely fleshed out more in the novel.
I liked the mother in law Eleanor dynamic kore in the movie though because it didn’t feel as fleshed out in the novel.
Regardless I still think it was crap that Nick didnt tell her, but I get it too. He wanted her to not feel weirded out by his money and all.
I enjoyed both the novel and the movie as different Art forms and was glad to have gotten to experience the audio version.
I am eagerly awaiting book 2 and 3 from my local library. I rated this one at 5 well-deserved stars.
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.
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2)
This one had SO much going for it! Intrigue, plots, merging of characters, humor…what more could you possibly want?!
We get expansions on MANY characters-Astrid and Michael, but also on Kitty and then the meeting of Rachel’s birth father and brother…I enjoyed this one even more than the first and I was surprised because I adored the first one!!
I couldn’t believe that Rachel almost died (not a spoiler) in this one and the reason? Of course part of a plot to scare her away! I am beyond excited now to get to read book 3.So happy to have gotten to have these first two books of the trilogy both be is a 5 star read.
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.
Rich People Problems(Crazy Rich Asians #3 )
A little bit lacking on something and I’m not quite sure what the something was.
This was still a fun romp! Eddie was more ridiculous here than previous books. We got the have closure with Astrid. We got to see Eleanor be the most crazy she has been so far. (Really? A surprise obgyn?! What a MIL from hell!)
I actually liked the way that the will was done at the end because it brought a lot of closure for many of the characters and the way that Kitty grew (and didn’t) was interesting as well.
All and all, a solid ending and tie-up, but it did drag on a bit in some spots, so I have to drop my star rating of this one to a 4 star. It was still great and well worth the time spent; just lacking that oomph to hit 5 stars from me.
When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim to their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’ childhood home turns into a hotbed of backbiting and intrigue. As Su Yi’s relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell-bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile, Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, Jack Bing, still feels upstaged by her new stepdaughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.
In this sweeping tale that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace that is caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan hilariously reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.