Crazy rich asians. Just the title was enough to make me laugh. How could I not pick this book up?? Plus, I’ve been seeing recommendations for this book everywhere, and I was looking for something light and funny to read. So I got this book, not really knowing what to expect.
But first, the synopsis:
“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.”
I loved this book. From page one, I knew I would enjoy it and I did! I can totally relate to the story! Uh no, not the rich part (how I wish), but the language and dialects and culture. After all, most of the story was set in Asia, and the characters were Singaporeans (who are quite similar to Malaysians). We Malaysians are so proud of our aiyo, la, alamak, meh, woh, etc hehe! The nasi lemak even made an appearance! Gosh, thanks for making me miss home T_T
And now that I’m reading through the eyes of a wannabe writer, I could see how brilliantly Kevin Kwan weaved in suspense and subplots. Although Rachel and Nick were the main characters, I also really liked Astrid’s line of story.
The entire book works like a comedy and satire, yet the characters are more relatable than you’d like to admit. The good ones have their flaws and weaknesses, the bad ones (well, some of them anyway) have a certain likability and their own strengths too.
The one thing that some might find annoying is the many characters introduced. There are so many of them, sometimes it gets hard to remember who is who.
What I do like is how Kevin allowed us to peer not just into the minds of his main characters Rachel and Nick, but also some of the other characters. It’s nice to see things from other people’s perspectives too.
Overall, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a light reading. Like a sitcom, it’s meant to entertain without being taken too seriously.
Love it lah.