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China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) Paperback – May 31, 2016
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“Snarky. . . Wicked. . . Funny.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Deliciously fun. . . . Satire at its best.” —People
“Scandalous.” —Town and Country
“Makes Downton Abbey look more like Downton Arrivistes. . . . Ingenious.” —The Daily Beast
“Frothy.”—Hanya Yanigahara, Conde Nast Traveler
“Lifestyles of the rich and famous, China-style” —The Houston Chronicle
“This year's best beach reading. . . . As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan’s books. . . . Highly entertaining.” —The Washington Post
“A crazy parade through the lives of the aspirational elite.” —Los Angeles Times
“The equivalent of a Bubble Tea concoction laced with Henry James extracts and Jackie Collins sprinkles. . . . In the same way that Edith Wharton catalogued the Gilded Age via novels like The Age of Innocence, Kwan—in his novels—is doing his bit for a China that now has the second-highest number of millionaires in the world.” —The Daily Beast
“A taste of Asian opulence served with skewering humor.” —The Daily News
“Kwan’s characters are powerful and attractive, living in the lap of luxury.” —NPR, “All Things Considered”
“Very enjoyable. . . . Just as funny as Crazy Rich Asians, this globe-spanning tale of excess includes enough snootiness and class snobbery to fill a multitude of designer handbags.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“With the same hilarity . . . as the first novel, China Rich Girlfriend will not disappoint both fans and newcomers to the series.” —Town and Country
“An equally good-natured, catty-as-hell sequel. . . . Part Oscar Wilde, part Judith Krantz, part Arthur Frommer . . . Hilarious . . . Over-the-top and hard to stop.” —Kirkus Reviews
“China Rich Girlfriend is the most fun I’ve had reading a book in quite some time. . . . A jam-packed, lively story.” —Amy Scribner, BookPage
“A heady taste of vicarious escapism. . . . Read China Rich Girlfriend for the exuberant spectacle of zippy vintage cars, gossipy matriarchs-who-lunch and reckless profligacy but read it also for its very engaging narrative about people like us.” —Thuy On, The Sydney Morning Herald
“[An] amusing, whirlwind novel.” —The Miami Herald
“Like Gossip Girl and Dynasty and the royal family of England all at the same time. Kwan’s characters behave hideously—and it’s hilarious.” —Elaine “Lainey” Lui, Flare
“Will have readers clamoring for more.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“An engaging page-turner with a multi-layered, inventive narrative. Kwan has clearly taken a few lessons from one of America’s great social satirists—think Tom Wolfe set loose on the wealthiest enclaves of Confucian Asia.” —South China Morning Post
About the Author
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- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint edition (May 31, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0804172064
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804172066
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read Crazy Rich Asians because I saw the poster for the movie , and yes, I'm one of those snobs who generally believe that the book is always better than the movie.
This was one situation where, as I read, I could see that here was a good idea which could be made great with the right team of screen writers and casting directors.
China Rich Girlfriend takes what was horrible about Crazy Rich Asians and amps it up, with the effect of drowning out what was good about the first book.
The use of footnotes in the first book was convenient, more like subtitles which allowed the characters to break into their native tongues quite naturally. By the time we get to China Rich, Kevin Kwan uses them as running commentary on the characters and situations. Like watching a movie with that friend who has strong opinions on everything and keeps chattering away as you're trying to immerse yourself in the experience.
Also, I'm sure by this time, we get it. The characters are rich. The book degenerates into pages and pages of describing bathrooms and jets and handbags and shoes and cars... I think there is only about 25% of story buried in 75% explanation about how Astrid's style is deceptively simple. How charming! Bracelets from 650 BC and a dress from Zara! How does she do it! But wait! Michael's Ferrari!
I'm giving it 2 stars because despite the atrocious writing, one dimensional characters etc. I'm still going to buy the 3rd book.
There were some characters from the first book who fizzled away without explanation, and a couple of twists that seemed to come out of left field, but none of that changed the fact that I devoured this 400+ page book and enjoyed every minute of it.
The plot has us bouncing around to various locations all over the world, a device which shows us how wealthy everyone is with their own jumbo jets, magnificent mansions, closets full of designer clothes, oodles of expensive jewels, and net worth in the billions of dollars. Kwan devotes plenty of ink to these trappings of wealth but unfortunately skimps on his characters and the story line. It gets rather tiresome after reading page after page of prose that resembles an inventory of valuables for an insurance policy.
A big disappointment after enjoying Kwan’s earlier book.
Top reviews from other countries
The story is great, very engaging and witty from the start and very easy to get into. It’s a wonderful read for a bit of escapism and I loved the characters - they are all so well developed and there are some great bits to give you a giggle throughout the book. The story was an absolute pleasure to read and I’ve now bought book 3 in the series as I’m looking forward to seeing what they all get up to next!
If you’re looking for a bit of light-hearted escapism with a good bit of humour - definitely give it a read! :-)
A continuation of the stories of the atrociously behaved Chinese families that we were introduced to in the first volume. Did not find this quite as engaging as there was less character portrayal and much more food and fashionista detail. The latter I am not really interested in, although at times the food descriptions were mouth watering.
Overall extraordinary descriptions of the extreme wealth of 'Crazy Rich Asians' with not much of a plot to hold it together.
Just worth reading for a laugh.