Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

eBook - 2013
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Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.-- Fantastic Fiction.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2013
ISBN: 9780385679060
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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mnack_0
Sep 10, 2018

I had hoped to read the book before seeing the movie - but the hold took so long to get that it didn't work out that way. As it turned out, however, I'm actually glad I saw the movie first. It helped me to visualize how crazy rich (i.e. how crazy, how rich and how CRAZY rich!) the characters are. Plus the movie was BETTER than the book. (IMHO) Some of the adaptations to the plot were BIG improvements. The mahjong scene stands out in particular. An entertaining read - but I got a little bored with the designer name dropping. (Enough already!)

P.S. I believe the character Oliver is actually the author. HA!

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darladoodles
Sep 07, 2018

I admit I moved this book up to a priority slot on my TBR list so that I could read it before seeing the movie. It was a very entertaining read. My favorite character was Astrid and I hope in the sequels we get to see more of her story. Nick did not prepare Rachel well for their trip to Singapore, but his naivety shines an even brighter light on the antics of his family and friends. I love seeing how the crazy rich live, but do not think I want to be in their shoes. Too complicated!

TSCPL_Miranda Sep 02, 2018

My hold came through, and then I devoured the book in about 24 hours! Laugh out loud funny, with multiple perspectives to get a rounded story and footnotes to teach me about the expressions and references I wasn't familiar with. I felt like I was left hanging with some the side characters, but this is only the first of 3 books. Now to wait for book 2 to come through...

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pohpoh
Sep 02, 2018

It's certainly interesting to read about the crazy rich people and their lifestyle; but I don't think I could keep on reading the sequels. This genre can get quite boring for me. Dying to see the movie though.

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

Quite the interesting read.

There were a lot of characters introduced and a lot of brand names thrown around. Astrid is my favourite character for sure, she is more than just a rich girl, there is depth and a glimmer of something there.

Unfortunately I found Rachel and Nick boring among the extensive cast of family and friends, who quite frankly are super entertaining and downright eccentric. Can you imagine growing up in a world like that?! Yikes and wow! Still you can see how shallow these people are in society and how status and money matters to them. It's funny that the use of various Asian words here and there had me repeating them myself and laughing cause I recognized a lot of the words and sayings. This was totally like an Asian soap opera to the extreme, from the vicious backlash, the gossiping, backstabbing and complicated family/friend ties.

I didn't mind the footnotes too much, it helped a bit while reading. The flipping back and forth to the family chart got a little old quick, it would be nice if we didn't get introduced to such a huge cast so quickly.

I liked it after reading it for a bit but not something I would keep on my shelf.

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celinao1
Aug 30, 2018

I have never really known about this book until i saw it on the "explore" page. I watched the movie it was not bad but I'm to lazy to hold the book because there are WAAAY to many holds on it already. . .

liljables Aug 15, 2018

The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is released in North America today! I wasn't particularly interested in reading this series, but I definitely want to support the first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast since 1993. If you like seeing diversity on the big screen, make sure to spend your movie-going bucks on this film.

Of course, I had to read the book before seeing the movie, so I picked up and devoured Crazy Rich Asians last week (and inhaled the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, this week). It's not my typical genre - it was quite fluffy compared to my usual dark, twisted fare - but I had a great time with this book. Thanks to our innocent Chinese-American heroine, Rachel, we get a deeply voyeuristic look in to the lives of the crazy rich.

I think this novel will lend itself to an incredible film adaptation - it's going to be a feast for the eyes!

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bookycakes
Aug 15, 2018

Not exactly my type (so many characters, so many details!) but an enjoyable story and a nice taste of what I might expect from the movie! I found myself seriously rooting for Astrid and very invested in her life, and I want to see what happens for the family in the next book.

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HKMar
Aug 14, 2018

The movie I can already tell is not like the book. I will read book 2 of this series but I found fascinating the similarities of old money of other countries/cultures similar to western values concerning wealth and legitimacy. Although archaic and wayward it is quite intriguing.

debwalker Aug 13, 2018

Book source for the new movie, in an unusually good summer release season.

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Jan 01, 2017

“But there must be something we can do.”
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action,” Sophie remarked. “If you do nothing, you’ll be sending a clear message: that you’re stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier. Think about it.”

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Mar 28, 2016

"I have no idea who these people are. But I can tell you one thing - these people are richer than God." -Peik Lin (pg 123)

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Oct 22, 2015

Eleanor had a long-held theory about men. She truly believed that for most men, all that talk of “being in love” or “finding the right one” was absolute nonsense. Marriage was purely a matter of timing, and whenever a man was finally done sowing his wild oats and ready to settle down, whichever girl happened to be there at the time would be the right one.

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