Rating – 4.75 out of 5
In Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Professors Rachel and Nick are so in love that when he asks her to join him on a trip back to his hometown of Singapore for the summer, she jumps at the chance. Soon she is swept up into a world of insane wealth and cultural rules that she does not understand. Feeling lost and frustrated with the lack of preparation, Rachel powers headlong into the glamorous life of the rich and famous of Asia.
‘“Karma, I guess. At some point, we all have to pay the price for our excesses, don’t we?”’
― Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians
Why I liked Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I have to get something off my chest – I saw the movie LONG before I read the book… In fact I love the movie and have watched it many times since I first saw it. It’s a perfect movie in my book – it doesn’t take itself too seriously, the locations are BEAUTIFUL, there are dumplings, and couture dresses, romance and Awkwafina! I could go on and on about the movie, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’re here to discuss the book.
Whew, ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can continue. I enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians because of how different it was from the movie. I especially enjoyed how the characters were more fleshed out and became more real instead of just caricatures. I think this is the function of a book being able to go deeper with the back stories, inner dialogue and motivations than a movie. With more background comes greater depth. I loved this and cannot wait to read the next books in the series to see how the stories of the peripheral characters turns out.
Also – Kwan is a fantastic comical writer. I can’t with some of his side comments and footnotes which were at once incredibly informative as well as hysterical. I had to stop and laugh out loud at many points, and even add it to my insta story. Bravo, Kevin!
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