4 Sep 2018

Review: Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)

'' ''I've had enough of being around all these crazy rich Asians, all these people whose lives revolve around making money, spending money, flaunting money, comparing money, hiding money, controlling others with money, and ruining their lives over money'' ''


From Goodreads:
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.

Imagine the richest of the rich, then make them even richer. You're probably half-right how rich these people are. Weekend in Paris, coming home with a half-a-million spent on a few additions to your wardrobe? That's not even a sliver of their wealth spent.
I instantly knew from the first page that Crazy Rich Asians was going to be amazing. It was going to be over the top spectacular, hands down. If not just by the basic plot of a couple fighting to get approval from the other's parents, but within the secretive world of the wealthiest people on the planet.

Rachel Chu is an American Born Chinese, an ABC, raised by her single mother. There's almost nothing worse than that in the eyes of the Singaporean elite. Especially, not when you are dating the number one bachelor in Singapore: Nicholas Young. But is Rachel aware of it? Not in the slightest. The man she has been dating for a while now hasn't been open about his heritage at all. Rachel's character is such a normal person, so down to earth, no extravaganza in her life. She is one of us ''normal'' people who are comfortable, not comfortable as the rich people are, but comfortable.

Nicholas Young, Nick, is one of those who is modest when telling about themselves, but his wealth shows in his actions. First class seats, season's freshest clothes, and the most expensive cars available. Nick isn't the one to brag, but he is a bit too modest, too secretive about his past when he invites Rachel to Singapore for the summer. His naivete gets Rachel in many awkward situations with Nick's extended family and others of Asia's elite.

The entire book is magical. Bachelorette party on a private Island, fireworks, designer clothes as far as the eye can see. There is no end to the boasting of money. In the world of Asia's richest, if you don't have money and real-estate, then you are nothing. Depending on where you are born, where your family hails from (which dynasty and which royals you are related to) you're standing in the social circles is defined.

The book is not only about flaunting your money. Under the current, there lies the nastier side of the rich people's lives. The gossip that goes around. You can basically do nothing undetected. The mistresses of your husband, who bought what and why didn't buy the more expensive version of it? And if you are less in your worth in social standing, be prepared, there might be some nasty surprises ahead for you in the form of traditional parents and jealous onlookers.

Crazy Rich Asians gives you only the scratch of what is possible to happen in the world of Asia's elite. It surprises on every turn of a page, things that one might never imagine to happen. Definitely looking forward on continuing this trilogy as soon as possible.

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