I decided to jump in to reading Crazy Rich Asians in January, especially because that “Glorious” song by Macklemore and Skyler Grey popped into my head. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, the song came from the trailer. I highly suggest watching the trailer below before reading the review in order to get the full vibes on, and then watch the movie afterwards if you haven’t already. Trust me, the “Glorious” song is actually pretty motivational.
After finishing all three books (okay, I finished them a longgg while back, but you know the thing with magazines where schedule your posts ahead so new posts your write come months later? Yeah.), I decided to release a whole book review series for the series! I’ll link the other 2 reviews when they are released (March 19th and 23rd) to this post.
Book 2 Review (China Rich Girlfriend)
Be aware that there are some spoilers in my review. Without further ado…
About the Book
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.
Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich
So, I watched the movie before reading the book. I guess, in a way, I think the movie was slightly better than the book. But I definitely do not regret the order I read/watched it in. Having the movie running in the back of my mind actually reinforced the scenes and make them even more glamorous. And you didn’t have to to through the trouble of imagining how a character looks like and being disappointed in the cast (ahem, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before—this needs a whole rant post on its own). I think overall, the casting was done IMPECCABLY well for the movie though.
The book drew me in right away, from the very beginning. Yes, I knew where the story was going to go (mostly: there were some changes from the book to movie), but the writing was done really well so I was actually engrossed in the book. I loved the sass, charm, and snark of the characters, and they were truly brought to life by Kwan. Can I also just mention that he has stunning descriptions of the setting and things that the rich people buy/do? It actually makes you go “wow”. And now I want to go back to China and visit other places in Asia because I need to experience this for myself. It was pretty motivating, actually, to read this story. I feel even more drawn to the idea of running big businesses, acquisition, stocks, and the whole sch-bang.
The story and drama was so well developed, I really, really loved it. It’s refreshing to read a story with a new plot and atmosphere that you don’t normally read.
I definitely liked the ending of the movie better than the book. The mahjong scene was so EMPOWERING and the PROPOSAL!!! Can I just…I have no words. The ending was just so incredible. Part of that was missing in the book.