Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan stars Rachel Chu, an economic professor in NY dating Nicholas Young, her boyfriend of two years. She agrees to visit her boyfriend’s family in Singapore for the summer. She expects a humble experience and just spending quality time with the one she hopes to marry. However, she is faced with massive parties, homes that looks like palaces, and with the man every girl in Asia wants to marry right by her side, she is basically a prey with a huge mark on her. Not only does she have to deal with all the constant rumors and two sided people, but her significant’s mother definitely hates her guts. Nicholas Young’s mom, Eleanor Young, is very strict about who her son should, or shouldn’t marry. And conveniently, Rachel is probably the highest on the “shouldn’t marry” list. As she tries to survive in this new environment, she will have to decide who is her allies and who is her foe.
I actually watched the movie first before reading, and I definitely prefer the book. I loved who the author wrote short descriptions at the bottom of the page whenever there were jokes that most people wouldn’t understand. Especially since the book takes place in Asia, there are many words that are in different languages. This reminds me of those fan translated Japanese manga, where the translator actually takes time to explain everything instead of just leaving the reader clueless. The book was sassy, hilarious, upbeat, and definitely something I could read over and over again. I would rate it 9/10 and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys gossip, schemes, backstabbing, and just a fabulous book.