Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan

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.

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Well that’s it. The final novel in the Crazy Rich Asians series. I’m super excited to (hopefully) see this novel turned into a film. I think it will look incredible on screen with a totally outrageous cast of characters.

So much family drama as grandma, Su Yi, is on her deathbed. The family fortune is up in the air as each family member fights to be on Su Yi’s good side. There was lots of surprises as this plot was unfolding.

Like the previous novel, Nick and Rachel take a back seat as the more colourful cast shines. Astrid, Kitty, Su Yi and Eddie each have their own storylines and they were quite enjoyable and of course over the top.

I’m not a huge fan of the ending. I feel like a couple of points were missing to fully wrap up the novel. Also side note on one couple getting together in the end, did I miss something? Or did Kwan just throw them together randomly??

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy. It’s light, it’s funny and just so over the top with crazy rich Asians!

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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.

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They’re back! The fun, over the top supporting cast that you loved from Crazy Rich Asians is at it again in the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend! It was nice in a way that Rachel and Nick got a more of a backseat story, since they are just too down to earth and normal. I want the crazies!

China Rich Girlfriend is a great second novel, because you get to catch up with all your favourites (Astrid, Kitty and Peik Lin) and get introduced to some characters (Carlon and Colette).

I wish the story was a bit more structured. It bounced all over the place and it was hard to keep the characters straight. Thankfully I watched the first movie recently, so all of the characters were fresh in my mind.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not as good as the first novel, but I still really enjoyed it!

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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.

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What a fun novel! This reminds me so much of Gossip Girl, but without the teenage drama. There was lots of talk about money – who has the most money, how much everything costs and what is everyone buying with their money.

My favourite part of the novel was that the focus wasn’t all on Nick and Rachel. I like them together, but they were too normal. I enjoyed the secondary characters – Astrid, Eleanor  and Goh Peik. Sure they were a bit annoying and focused a lot on their money, but they made things so interesting. I liked reading their parts and seeing what would happen in their storylines.

I’m interested to read what happens in the next 2 novels and I will have to check out the movie coming out in a couple weeks!

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I enjoyed it – it’s trashy, it’s fun! It’s always nice to take a break and take a look into the world of the super rich!

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