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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Series: Crazy Rich Asians #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lynn Chen
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Length: Novel (546 pages/13.9 hours)
Genre: Fiction
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Crazy Rich Asians is book 1 in the Crazy Rich Asians series. I got really excited when I saw this was being turned into a movie and wanted to give this a read before it got released. I think the movie came out last week so I'll count this as a success that I finished it before I see it. This isn't my typical genre but it does have some romance and a ton of drama, it read more of like a soap opera with all the backstabbing going on.

Our leading lady, Rachel Chu gets asked by her boyfriend, Nicholas Young to spend the summer with him in Singapore. She agrees but doesn't know much about his family and is in for a shock when they fly on a charter plane and meets at his family's mansion for a party. They're mainly there to attend Nick's friend's wedding but the whole family is present and not afraid to speak their minds. They're not the only ones, the local girls in Nick's circle is convinced Rachel is a gold digger and is determined to chase her off so they can have a chance with him. There are pranks, back stabbing and lots of designer name dropping in here with a ton of drama too. It was nice to get to listen to a diverse read seeing as all the characters are Asian. I'll grab the other two books from the library soon!

I wasn't really sure what to expect from Crazy Rich Asians but with everything going on it was an entertaining read. I wanted to shake some of the characters that were super frustrating, especially when they were rude to Rachel. Like I said earlier this wound up being like a soap opera but now I can't wait to see where the next book leads us. If you like diverse characters and/or soap opera type reads I think you'd enjoy this book.

The Narrator:

Lynn Chen did a great job on the narration. She was easy to listen to and spoke clearly. There were accents involved at times and I could tell who was speaking between all the characters.

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