12 Jan 2019

Review: China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2)


'' '' You survived my mother -- I think everything else from here on out is a piece of cake,'' ''


★ ★ ★ ★ ★


From Goodreads:

It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.


The private jets get bigger, the spending gets out of hand, and the drama is on fire. And this time there's no avoiding it.

They thought they got rid of the Young's for a while, or at least until after the wedding, but when Nicks' mother lands on a helicopter in the middle of the rehearsal, you know it's only the beginning. There isn't supposed to be a catch, but we are talking about the most exclusive society of the rich here. Instead of trying to stop the wedding like in Crazy Rich Asians, Eleanor is there to ensure that the wedding will proceed and the pair will say 'I do'. Why you might ask? The rich people are after the other people and suddenly Rachel has come to inherit a fortune.

Money changes people, that is given. Some choose to spend it, some choose to make it work, but it will change people. The way Rachel copes with the money that suddenly surrounds her is something enviable. She has the ability to get the best of both worlds. Spending where needed and saving where it's wise. Even when she learns about the millions, the money isn't the most important part to her, but getting to know the family the money comes from is.

We are introduced to new characters throughout the book. Rachel's biological father and his family including a reckless seeming half-brother and an evasive mother hurt by the very existence of Rachel. Colette who spends more money than I can even count, building singing fountains and bathrooms from our wildest fantasies. She is the definition of spoiled but her shenanigans and spending just draw you in this world where everything is possible until your card says declined.

And I got what I wanted, more of Astrid and her marriage to Michael, and how Charlie fits into it all. Aside from the main storyline of Nick and Rachel, Astrid is my favourite character to follow. There's just something about how she carries herself and portrays her character to the others.

I had the most unpleasant dream last night. I finished reading China Rich Girlfriend, went to bed and dreamt that I had to wait a year before the next book comes out. Hallelujah, that is not the case because this trilogy is something that will keep you wanting more.

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