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Book Details:

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Anchor Books
Date: 2013
Pages: 527
ISBN: 9780345803788
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Title: China Rich Girlfriend
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Anchor Books
Date: 2015
Pages: 479
ISBN: 9780804172066
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Title: Rich People Problems
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Anchor Books
Date: 2017
Pages: 541
ISBN: 9780525432371
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Summary (Goodreads):

Crazy Rich Asians: When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

China Rich Girlfriend: 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: 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. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls.

With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises.

As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette.

My Review:

First of all, I apologize for the long book descriptions from Goodreads, especially the ridiculously large single paragraph that goes along with China Rich Girlfriend. Normally I do reviews for single books, but since this is a trilogy and all the books tell one cohesive story I decided to merge three reviews into one. Also, I’d like to take a moment to congratulate myself – one of my 2019 reading goals was to finish two series: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m pretty stoked that I was able to complete half of my goal before the end of February! Yay! Now on to the review…

The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy has been characterized as a modern version of Pride and Prejudice, and in many respects I think that’s spot on. There’s romance, family drama, complex social dynamics, and the juxtapositioning of those with wealth to those without. Though to be fair, in the world of Singapore’s crazy rich those “without” still have a heck of a lot more money than I would know what to do with. But that’s where I think the similarities end. Themes aside, the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy is, for lack of a better word, extra. It portrays a world most people on planet earth can’t even begin to imagine. And that, coupled with Kwan’s endless descriptions of food and luxurious clothing, is what makes it so fun to read!

As the books progress the character dynamics escalate and the money they throw around seems to exponentially expand, leading to hilarious plot points that Kevin Kwan expertly weaves together. At the beginning of each novel, Kwan has included a family tree that explains all the familial connections that link the characters together – if you have trouble following it, that’s okay. Even though the story is told from many points of view, Kwan has developed well-rounded characters and a story arch that pulls everything together at the end of each novel. In other words, you don’t have to be an anthropologist specializing in family trees to understand how each of the characters fit in.

I enjoyed myself through Crazy Rich Asians, but China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems really sucked me in and sealed my love for this trilogy. Kwan’s writing style is quippy and light, making these deceptively long books feel short. If you like contemporary novels featuring cultural exploration with a sarcastic twist, give this trilogy a try!

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