If you know much about me, then you know I like to read. Unfortunately, It’s been a while since I posted about a book (see Murder on the Orient Express). I used to read about a book a month then my last semester of grad school happened… but, I’m back on the horse! I decided to jump back in with Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
While at home in Dallas this summer I had time to catch up with one of my best friends, Yumna. She told me that she’d been reading Crazy Rich Asians and thought I might like it. I was skeptical because, as a rule, I tend to stick with non-fiction. However, as July turned to August I needed something different. I wanted something light, fun, and easy so I ordered Crazy Rich Asians off of Amazon. I noticed it was about to become a movie and everyone was raving about it, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. I was right!
It is in three parts, 527 pages, and only took me about two and a half weeks to complete. I liked the book and found it so much fun to read. However, I did have another friend read it and not like it as much as me. She felt that the author’s notes at the bottom of the pages took her out of the story.
On the bottom of some pages, the author provides translations and explanations of cultural words. I, personally, did not find the notes distracting but to each their own. The one thing that I did struggle with was remembering who all the characters were. There are a lot of people mentioned throughout the chapters and often times it took me a few pages to place the character. It’s not like Game of Thrones complex but there are a substantial number of names to keep up with. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
At some point, I will go see the movie and see how closely it resembles the book. Perhaps after my next paycheck I will take myself to a matinee (I’m the weirdo that loves to go to daytime movies by herself). The movie poster:
There are two more books in the series that I do plan on reading in the future but for now, I’m hopping back into non-fiction for September. The sequels:
Perhaps you hate reading? Perhaps you hate movies? You do you, boo.