"Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan
Money, power, luxury, and romance are just some of the topics depicted in Kevin Kwan's book, Crazy Rich Asians. This contemporary novel is the first book in the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy. It was also published in 2013 by Penguin Random House. The comedic story follows two main characters, Nick and Rachel, as they fly across the world to attend Nick's best friend's wedding. Rachel has never met Nick's immediate family, and little does she know that she's about to meet one of Singapore's richest families.
From the moment Rachel stepped off the plane in Singapore, she was in shock at the amount of money Nick's family owns. The money, cars, houses, and expensive clothes are a new experience for Rachel. I enjoyed reading her reaction to all of the luxuries she didn't know existed, let alone Nick's connection to it all. I thought that the money was going to be the biggest thing to affect their relationship, but I was wrong. It was fun to read how Nick's family turned Rachel and Nick's relationship on a head. The main conflict of the story was how Nick and Rachel were going to stay together through family issues, jealous girls, and money. Their relationship problems drove the story forward in a positive way. I thought that the luxury and romance were balanced perfectly throughout the novel.
The writing style of this book was light and fun. All of the descriptions painted a clear picture in my head. I loved reading about the extravagant parties, hotel rooms, vacation houses, exquisite gardens, and more. My mouth was watering while I was reading due to the vivid description of different Chinese food.
My favorite part was reading about the luxurious houses, clothes, and cars. I have read romance books before, but none with the element of wealth. I have never met a millionaire, so it was fun to read about their lifestyle. The amount of wealth involved in the story sets this book apart from other romance stories.
My least favorite part was some of the comments characters would make. Some statements made me gasp with disgust. I found them distasteful and sexist. I know it was within the parameters of the character, but it still shocked and annoyed me.
I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I thought everything with written very carefully and I found no errors while reading. The element of insane wealth was fun to read as well as the romance between Nick and Rachel. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 18. I would highly recommend picking this book up if you love luxury or romance. It is an enjoyable summer read!