Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kevin Kwan

Read: May 2018

I’m pretty sure I could have just watched the movie and gotten more enjoyment from it than I did from reading it. The reason I bought the book and read it was because of the trailer. It sounded like a cute romance that had me interested.

I am in no way trying to offend anybody by saying that I didn’t like the book. Your opinions are your own and the same applies to me.


I had never read anything set in Singapore, so that was new. Except you don’t really get any description of it besides everybody being rich. Don’t even get me started on the amount of clothing references in this book! And food. But it was the clothing descriptions and the brand name dropping on every page that really annoyed me. After a while, all I was thinking was, “I get it! Everyone in this book is rich and can afford expensive things!”

I think the main reason I didn’t like this book was because I feel like the synopsis is misleading. I had it in my head that Crazy Rich Asians was about a girl going to meet her boyfriend’s family for the first time. I thought it was going to be a dramatic book about how all the family disapproves of her, and things blow up, but the couple make it through. I mean, that is what this book is about. But, that’s just one layer of it. I was thinking this book was about Rachel and Nick, not Nick’s mom and dad and cousin and every other member of his family and then some.

There were so many subplots, too many in my opinion. I like books that feature a large cast of characters, but this one was too much. I didn’t want to read the chapters about Nick’s dad or mom or their friends or any of the random people who had nothing to do with Rachel and Nick’s relationship.

Also, the entire book basically takes place in one week. This didn’t bother me too much, but I thought it was going to be about their trip to Asia, not just to Singapore to meet Nick’s family. Nick invited Rachel on a trip to Asia for the summer and a wedding that they’re going to is supposed to take place during the first week. And the wedding doesn’t happen until you’re more than halfway through the book.

I just don’t understand why there are so many extra details in this book. Why do you have to tell every single person’s story in this book? Why do you have to describe every single person’s outfit, every meal they eat? It was just so much. And all I thought I was getting was a romance about a young couple and some family drama thrown in there.

I don’t like the way this book ends. It feels like there was a lot more, but then it was decided that it had to be in the sequel and Crazy Rich Asians got cut off at a random point. None of those extra subplots felt concluded for me. There’s so many storylines that don’t feel completed by the end. I wanted to like this book. I was really looking forward to reading this series, and I was looking forward to watching the movie and seeing the story on the big screen.

I did watch the movie recently. And I loved it. I laughed, I cried. It was funny and amazing and it was beautiful to watch. I really did love it, just as I thought I would. The movie trailer is what had me interested in the book to begin with. Unfortunately, I think that this story is better told on screen than on the page. I heard that a second movie is already being talked about. I am excited to watch it, and I’m positive that I’ll absolutely love it. But, I won’t be reading the book.

Let me know what you guys thought of Crazy Rich Asians. Did you watch the movie? What did you think about it? Did you like it? Did you notice any differences from the book? Talk to me down in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Love, Lece

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