What a nice, light read! I like Kevin Kwan’s writing style and got hooked onto this trilogy only after watching the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” (catch my review of the movie on an earlier blog post).
The characters of Nick and Rachel are endearing, and the reader can definitely empathize with Rachel. Rachel is your “regular professor” who is thrust in the midst of billionaire families in Singapore when she starts dating (and later gets engaged) to Nick Young, a member of the ultra wealthy Young family in Asia.
This novel provides an insight into Rachel’s family, especially who her lost father is and how she, herself, has ties to the wealthy in Asia.
The reader gets throw into the soap opera-like dramas of the ultra wealthy first world problems, and the descriptions of clothing, cars and jewels are first rate. I think that this book is truly reflective of a different kind of lifestyle that most people in the US are not exposed to, and it shows a side to Asia that is both novel and eye-opening at the same time.
If you are looking for a light beach or airplane read, this is the trilogy for you. I can’t wait to read the third one in the series! I do recommend that you start the series with the first book since it will be difficult to connect with the characters if you start with the second or third books.
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