“Just because some people actually work for their money doesn’t mean they are beneath you.”
Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Number of pages: 527 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Some parts made me laugh a lot.
Bad things about this book: Too many details about money and brands!
Do I recommend it? I’ll say you must give it a chance if you find the blurb interesting.
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I did it. I finished this endless book. I liked it, it had fun parts, but there were just too many descriptions. Pages and pages of details of this crazy rich Asians’ extravaganza. Too many pages. This book was 527 pages, 300 of descriptions, 227 of the real story, maybe. The many POVs didn’t bother me much but I felt so disconnected with Nick and Rachel because they were barely there. What do I really know about them?? Just a few pages, that’s it.
With books this long, it’s easy to get lost in the details, but if you know exactly where your story is going, then the pages fly without even noticing. This is not the case with this book; it felt long, it felt endless, and it felt at points pretty plotless with unnecessary chapters from random people’s point of views. Did we really need to know all those things? Did we? I don’t think we needed them.
I get that this is supposed to make us see the over the top lives of these crazy rich Asians, but I only saw pages and pages of designer names, amounts of money spent on things and how many each thing cost. Tell me once, tell me twice, but at the third time I’m just going to roll my eyes. I get these people are filthy rich and some of them spend so much money that could last me and my whole family multiple lifetimes, but the story didn’t need to relay on this kind of info, but on Rachel being thrown into these people’s lives, and some insights from some key characters’ point of views. I finished the book not really knowing any of them, so I’ll soon forget them.
I read the summary of the sequel and I don’t know if I’m going to read it. I’ll give it a lot of thought but postpone buying it until I’m really sure I’m going to read it. I wasn’t going to read this one, but the movie was going to come out and, if I can, I like going to watch movies adapted from books, after reading the books first. I don’t know why I do that since then I spend the whole movie comparing and thinking about scenes that I thought would’ve been great to see but weren’t there. I liked the movie and I liked how different it was; they focused mainly on Rachel’s pov and I liked that choice.
If you’re curious about this book after seeing the movie, or just because it sounds interesting, then pick it up. Maybe you’ll love it, maybe you’ll hate it, maybe you’ll find it entertaining. But at least you’ll see with your own eyes, not through mine or someone else’s.