Crazy Rich Asians was a book that was really looking forward to reading. I’m Asian and I thought the title was hilarious. I knew that it was going to be a big hit. I also bought this book as a Christmas gift to a friend because I thought she would find it a hoot too. The main character in the book is Rachel Chu, a thirty something professor of economy. She lives in New York with her boyfriend Nicholas Young. Nicholas invites Rachel to Singapore to attend a wedding and meet his family. In Singapore, Rachel discovers that Nicholas’ family is crazy rich. What is crazy rich? Well, Nicholas’s father once bought a hotel just to fire a concierge that had been rude to his wife.
The story follows Rachel as she tries to survive among the rich, some are generous and kind while others are snobby and spiteful. She soon learns the difference between old and new money. People who come from old money are families who have been rich for generations. In the book, the older ones look down on Rachel who doesn’t have an aristocratic lineage like they do. Thankfully, Rachel is supported by her best friend named Peik Lim, a new money girl whose family made their fortune in real estate. Meanwhile, Nicholas is oblivious to the hateful attempts by scheming girls and his mother to drive Rachel out of his life.
The book is a comedy so there are funny one liners and outrageous scenarios involving the crazy rich Asians. The chapters alternates between characters describing their background and their attitude to money. Many of the secondary characters don’t appreciate their wealth and scheme to have more wealth and prestige, like Confucius says money can’t buy happiness. Besides Rachel, there were plenty of secondary characters I liked. I liked Nicholas’ cousin Astrid for always being herself and working hard at her marriage, I also liked Eddie a ridiculous man who is obsessed with his family looking perfect, Kitty Pong, the gold digging starlet and Su Yi, Nicholas’ grandmother. There’s were plenty of other characters I liked as well.
I think that Rachel almost takes second place to the descriptions of wealth in the novel. There were frequent references to designer clothes and accessories. I heard that this book will be made into a movie and I’m glad that it will be. I think it can easily be adapted for film. It reminds me of the movie Monster in Law starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez. Crazy Rich Asians is a funny and entertaining book to read. I think it’s great for when you just want to relax.