Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

77%

24 Critic Reviews

Both vivisection and valentine, it is the summer’s most sophisticated romp. Other novels might be more “lyrical,” more “unflinching,” more whatever...but for full-stop fun, stop right here.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

The acclaimed international bestseller ("A dizzily shopaholic comedy." --The New York Times) soon to be a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan!

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.
 

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 June 11, 2013 by Anchor. 546 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, History, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Crazy Rich Asians
All: 24 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 28 2018

A witty tongue-in-cheek frolic about what it means to be from really old money and what it’s like to be crazy rich.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 30 2013

Mr. Kwan knows how to deliver guilty pleasures. He keeps the repartee nicely outrageous, the excess wretched and the details wickedly delectable.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Patricia Park on Sep 03 2013

A male author – an Asian one at that – has pushed past the velvet ropes of race, culture and gender, to tap that exclusive genre: chick lit. A move arguably more ambitious than breaking into Singapore's moneyed elite.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Michael Levin on Oct 21 2014

Crazy Rich Asians is scathingly funny, outrageous at all times, and utterly credible. Kwan could not have done the research for this book on Wikipedia. He had to live it...If the novel has a fault, you could describe it as an embarrassment of riches: the story’s about 100 pages too long.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Tash Aw on Jun 20 2013

This world of absurdly over-the-top wealth is the playground of the characters in Kevin Kwan's breathless, high-speed romp through the lives of a group of megarich Asians.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 18 2013

Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on Jun 28 2013

With a wicked sense of humor, Kwan easily acquaints us with the dizzyingly dazzling myriad of memorable characters who populate his debut.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Jun 21 2013

...the book could have benefited from a more ruthless editor and fewer descriptions of all the excess.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Jun 05 2013

At times Kwan can't decide whether to criticize the luxe life or just let us drool over it, but this 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Shinan Govani on Jun 21 2013

Both vivisection and valentine, it is the summer’s most sophisticated romp. Other novels might be more “lyrical,” more “unflinching,” more whatever...but for full-stop fun, stop right here.

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The Independent

Good
Reviewed by Leyla Sanai on Dec 06 2013

This is fun, superficial escapism that hooks and reels in even the reluctant reader: Dynasty among the filthy-rich Chinese community.

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PopMatters

Below average
Reviewed by Subashini Navaratnam on Nov 23 2014

If you really want mindless reading, you can’t go wrong with Crazy Rich Asians. Kwan is not a terrible writer, if entertainment is all you hope to get out of your reading material; he does have a flair for a witty turn of phrase...

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The New Zealand Herald

Below average
Reviewed by Nicky Pellegrino on Sep 01 2013

It's witty and lots of fun but in the end I did weary of the endless wealth porn. It all starts to feel a little bit one-joke at times, which is a pity as Kwan could have got his point across with fewer designer names and less high spending.

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South China Morning Post

Good
Reviewed by Louise Rosario on Jun 09 2013

The different characters are carefully drawn and the dialogue convincing. The plot also takes in the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau. The love story has an unexpected ending - enjoy the read.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Good
Reviewed by Christine Mazur on Jun 15 2013

Kwan easily transports captive readers from Sex and the City New York and to sensual Singapore, lush with flowers, savoury with food, luxurious with designer labels and glittering jewels.

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Madison Public Library/Dream Big Read

Above average
on May 15 2013

This book is a trip, literally and figuratively. Crazy Rich Asians takes you into the world of the crazily rich families who make up the Singapore elite. These people are wealthy beyond my imagining and I loved delving into this wild world.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Shinan Govani on Jun 21 2013

Though A Suitable Boy is a more classically literary concoction, and this one is definitely more pop and like that most cliched Chinese meal — you might be hungry again right after reading it — Crazy Rich Asians does succeed, indeed, as a snapshot of a culture and a time.

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Readings

Good
Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine on Aug 28 2013

The book has already been picked up for a film adaptation by Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games, which gives an indication of the story’s entertainment factor. Grab a takeaway laksa and be transported...

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Reviewed by S. Kirk Walsh on Jul 05 2013

“Crazy Rich Asians” is an entertaining, engrossing novel. Kwan certainly knows how to tell a lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion.

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Just a Lil' Lost...

Above average
Reviewed by Michele on Jul 01 2013

The extravagance depicted in Crazy Rich Asians is certainly mind boggling to consider that some people actually live that way...and I’m sure she was, in a way, intended to be the “eyes of the reader” in this unbelievable world of riches. Definitely an entertaining read with a relatively satisfying climactic showdown.

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https://heatherlo.wordpress.com

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Reviewed by Heather on Jun 18 2015

So I really liked Crazy Rich Asians!! While this wasn’t the kind of book I would have picked up on my own, the combination of great reviews I’d seen for the book and my friend’s urging helped me decide to read it.

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https://literarytreats.wordpress.com

Excellent
on Oct 31 2013

Glorious, glittery and gleeful, Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians is an absolute indulgence of a book. It’s excess upon excess to absurd proportions, yet always grounded in lovingly detailed characters that somehow manage to remain all too human.

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Inside the Mind of a Biliophile

Above average
Reviewed by Eustacia Tan on Oct 04 2013

In short, if you'd like to read a gossipy story about high society intrigue, I'd recommend this book. But if you want to get to know Singapore, hmm... try Tais Toi or anything by Neil Humphrey. I'm really hoping that there's a sequel that focuses on Astrid though, that would be a fun read.

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Choose and Books

Excellent
on Sep 01 2013

An outrageously funny debut, Crazy Rich Asians (2013) is the story of three superrich, pedigreed Chinese families...a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

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