23 Mar 2019

Review: Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3)

'' ''We're too rich to have problems.'' ''

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

From Goodreads:

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. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park--a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore--Nicholas's childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband--a man hell bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China's second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong's most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan's hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.

It's two years since Nick and Rachel got married. They have been living their life separate from Nick's relatives, and far away from Asia's richest drama. Nick's grandmother has a heart-attack and Nick flies to her bedside, to find out his been banned from Tyersall Park. What ensues is a play fulfilled with drama, backstabbing, and gossip, where the only one you can trust is yourself and everyone else is your enemy.

Rich People Problems is where it all ends. This stunning trilogy has its heart-stopping finale when the entire clan swarms the halls of the Tyersall Park. The infamous inheritance, that none of them knows how large it actually is, is about to be shared with the clan. And the best part, the primary owner of the assets isn't even dead, not yet anyway. If you thought that the previous two books were enough excitement then buckle up, your feet are going to wiped out from under you. 

The torn up relationships that we got see in the previous two books get conclusions in this one. Some in favour of the characters, some not so much. All of them equally entertaining. The best part, though: they get real. The suppressed hatred, disappointment, and a spectre of other emotions get on display, centre stage. No feelings are spared when they scramble towards their own happiness, and again, trust no one but yourself (and in some cases your spouse). 

The rollercoaster that is Rich People Problems will leave a mark on you, maybe takes a year from your life and gives a few grey hairs for all the suspension. You wish for the best, fear for the worst, and try to cope with the heartbreak and joy. Truly, the perfect conclusion for the heart-stopping trilogy. 

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