This is the third and final post in my Crazy Rich Asians series review. Find the review to the first book here, and the second book here. Heads up: if you haven’t read the first two books, there are spoilers in my review. And the “About the book” section, because ya know, it’s the third book.
About the Book
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 to their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’ childhood home turns into a hotbed of backbiting and intrigue. As Su Yi’s 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, Jack Bing, still feels upstaged by her new stepdaughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.
In this sweeping tale 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 that is caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan hilariously reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.
Odd that this was the highest rated book in the series on Goodreads, because I’d give the third book 2 stars.
Okay, the biggest problem with this book was that there wasn’t much of a plot. The only main plot point was Su Yi (the grandmother) dying. So if you really wanted to sum this whole book up, Nick’s grandmother forgives him, Eddie gets jealous and throws a whole bunch of fits, and Astrid finally is together with Charlie. I ended up skimming quite a bit of the book. There wasn’t that interwoven aspect of different storylines which you could see in the first couple books, so you could say the plot was kind of flat.
The same could be said about the overall development of themes and culture. Flat. At least there was the liveliness of rich asian people in the first two books. Well, maybe I got a bit bored of it after reading the first two books, but I would still say that the third didn’t have those lush and bustling descriptions. And yeah, I couldn’t really pick out any powerful themes. If they do a movie of the third book at all, they’ve got quite a bit of saving to do to pick up everything off the ground.
I didn’t give it 1 star, only because there were some funny parts and sections that still held my attention. The beginning for the most part was fine, but then my attention just drifted off because it just keeps rambling about different reactions to Su Yi getting sick and people freaking out. I can only read about that for so many chapters.
So yeah, if you read the first two books and are wondering if this one is worth it, I wouldn’t pick it up. Sorry Kevin Kwan.