China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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16 Critic Reviews

Kwan keeps more than a few plot resolutions in the air but delivers at least one priceless declaration of love...Over-the-top and hard to stop. A third installment is promised.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.
 
     On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.
 

About Kevin Kwan

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Born and raised in Singapore, Kevin Kwan has worked for Martha Stewart Living and Interview Magazine and in 1998 joined M&Co, where he developed commercial and cultural projects for such clients as The Museum of Modern Art, Vitra, and The New York Times. Kwan is the co-author of the nonfiction special markets hit Luck: The Essential Guide (Collins, 2008), which has been translated into nine languages. For over a decade, he has been sought after as a creative consultant to publishers and authors as a specialist in celebrity and visually-driven projects. Crazy Rich Asians is his first novel.






Author Residence: New York, NY






Author Hometown: Singapore
 
Published May 31, 2016 by Anchor Books. 496 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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All: 16 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Jun 01 2015

Kwan keeps more than a few plot resolutions in the air but delivers at least one priceless declaration of love...Over-the-top and hard to stop. A third installment is promised.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Arthur Chu on Jul 10 2015

...the climactic ending, of Rachel “taking down” Colette in a viral video rant for being “spoiled” and “entitled,” rings hollow. The bad people are the nouveau riche, like Astrid’s insecure husband, or too-extravagant mainlanders like Colette.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 28 2015

But along came Mr. Kwan with a knowing attitude and all of Asia at his disposal...for those of us who have to check out his claims, it barely matters whether Ming Ka-Ching is the real name of Hong Kong’s second-richest man. If he doesn’t exist, Mr. Kwan has done well to invent him for “China Rich Girlfriend,”...

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Amie Taylor on Jun 30 2015

Before you pick up this book, however, be sure that you're prepared for a riotous journey that will take you to places only the obscenely rich can afford and involves you in scandals and shenanigans of which only the most privileged could conceive.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 28 2015

Oh, there’s so much more where that came from. Mr. Kwan has good aim with his fashion world- and ego-skewering shivs. And regardless of how reality-based these characters may be, he has his style references down cold.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Nicole Lee on Jun 19 2015

"China Rich Girlfriend" is a crazy parade through the lives of the aspirational elite. It's also a rich portrait of Asia's real obsession with consumerism and its economic rise, one whose trajectory, like Kwan's, is not yet complete.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Hillary Busis on Jun 11 2015

He just barely flirts with analyzing the ironies and psychology of conspicuous spending in an oppressive Communist nation. Which is a shame: Girlfriend could have been incisive as well as entertaining. Instead, it’s more buoyant than rich.

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Dallas News

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Reviewed by MAY-LEE CHAI on Jul 30 2015

Kevin Kwan’s breezy new novel, China Rich Girlfriend, seems tailor-made for summer vacations where the reader wants to escape the daily grind into a luxurious and exotic setting.

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20Something Reads

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Reviewed by Amie Taylor on Jun 30 2015

Before you pick up this book, however, be sure that you're prepared for a riotous journey that will take you to places only the obscenely rich can afford and involves you in scandals and shenanigans of which only the most privileged could conceive.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Reviewed by Daniel Herborn on Aug 01 2015

There's a darker, more barbed satire to be written on the increasing concentration of wealth into the hands of a few, but China Rich Girlfriend matches its hit predecessor for voyeuristic entertainment value, introducing a crazy new social milieu and staring along with the reader in slack-jawed wonder.

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Asian Review of Books

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Reviewed by Rosie Milne on Sep 19 2018

But perhaps to worry that China Rich Girlfriend flatters where it should surely condemn, is to take the whole thing too seriously? This novel is a hoot, recommended for reading on the beach, or for whiling away a few hours on a plane.

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Luxury Reading

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Reviewed by Benish Khan on Jul 24 2015

The author Kevin Kwan delivers well in the comedy section. The novel does seem to poke fun of the wealthy Asians but it’s done in a way that is not meant to be offensive.

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Readings

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Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew on Jun 24 2015

Unexpected highlights of the book are Kwan’s frequent and detailed descriptions of food, and often-hilarious English translations of Mandarin expressions. China Rich Girlfriend is a light but addictive read, sure to brighten a wintry day.

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It's Either Sadness or Euphoria

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Reviewed by Larry on Jun 14 2015

And when the melodrama ramps up toward the end of the book, I felt it took away from the core of the story. Still, China Rich Girlfriend is another look at lifestyles you might not be able to fathom, but it does so in a fun way.

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https://literarytreats.wordpress.com

Good
on Jun 15 2015

Kwan refrains from delving too deep into the sad aspects of the plot, but they add some measure of reality to the story, and remind us of the human beings behind the dollar signs.

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Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea

Above average
on Jul 29 2015

As with the previous book, I found that the story of Rachel and Nicholas became overshadowed by all of the other characters. This doesn’t make it a lesser novel. It’s just that rather than seeing the world through their eyes, I thought there could be more time spent on their story throughout the entire novel.

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