Book Review #1: Crazy Rich Asian series

Let me start by saying you need to buy these books immediately. I loved all three of them! They are light reads, hilarious, and just overall entertaining. I would put them in the “chick lit” category but also think people who like heavier material would enjoy them. Make sure to read the foot notes at the end of each chapter. The author references real places and events and gives incredibly witty explanations of them – this is one of the best parts of the series! This series is going to make you want to travel to Asia….

Crazy Rich Asians

The first book in the series follows an American girl named Rachel as she travels to Singapore to meet the family of her boyfriend. Once there, she comes to realize that her boyfriend, Nick, is the heir to one of Asia’s biggest family fortunes. Nick’s family is headed by his grandmother, matriarch Su Yi. Su Yi, along with her 3 children (including Nick’s father) and their families, have no idea that Rachel exists until he brings her to visit. Each family member has a very different reaction to Nick dating an ABC (American Born Chinese) girl and getting to know these characters is so fun. My favorite character in this book (and series) is Nick’s beautiful cousin, Astrid. This book takes place mainly in Singapore, which Im now dying to visit.

China Rich Girlfriend

In the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, Nick and Rachel are engaged (much to his mother’s dismay) when an unexpected turn of events takes place – Rachel is introduced to her birth father. Rachel and Nick travel to China to spend time with her father, his wife, and their son, Carlton. Rachel and Carlton become fast friends and we follow along as they navigate their new family dynamics. My favorite part of this book is the heavier focus on Astrid. In my opinion, she’s the best character.

Rich People Problems

At the beginning of this last installment of the series, the matriarch of the family, Su Yi, becomes very ill. Her billion dollar fortune, along with her massive estate, Tyersall Park, are up for grabs. The entire family flocks to Singapore to be by her side, and to steak their claim on her fortune. In this book, Su Yi has flash backs to her days as a young woman and its fascinating. Again, while this series is fictional, the author accurately references historical events. Learning a bit about Singapore’s dark history is really interesting. My favorite girl, Astrid, is back with a new set of problems and her cousin Eddie rises to the top as one of the most entertaining characters of this book. I definitely think that both the 2nd and 3rd books are just as good as the first- you don’t see this much in series of books!

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