I had no idea what I would be stepping into when all I knew of this book was that it was Chick Lit and focused on Asian culture. To me, that sounded a bit like a remedy for disaster. Fortunately, this novel is nothing like the stereotypes that might come to mind with either of those descriptors. This novel was a one-way ticket to a world I never knew existed: the lives of astoundingly rich Asians.
The journey into this world was made easy to grasp because of the perspective of Rachel who knew nothing of this world either. This POV was paired with other rich Asians, my most favorite being Astrid who is one of those strong female characters who you can’t help but love.
I also loved this book for all the details of the lives these people live, especially pertaining to architecture and food. Fashion, travel, and careers also figure prominently in the novel. Yet, despite all these lavish landscapes, the problems these characters face can be found in many other narratives–significant others with secrets, infidelity, families disapproving of a child’s significant other, career versus romance, et cetera.
I absolutely adored sitting down with this book and look forward to when I can read the other two books in the series. If you’re a fan of stories like The Clique series or The Devil Wears Prada, this might be up your alley too.
Title(s): Crazy Rich Asians
Author(s): Kevin Kwan
Overall Rating: 4/5
Genre: Chick Lit
Format Accessed: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House