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China Rich Girlfriend Paperback – International Edition, May 31, 2016
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"Mr. Kwan has good aim with his fashion world―and ego-skewering shivs." ―The New York Times
"Delicious . . . nuanced (and savage) in its social deconstruction—and even more fun [than Crazy Rich Asians]." ―Maclean's
"Take a Jane Austen novel, combine it with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and set it in the glittering capitals of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. What have you got? This deliciously fun follow-up to Kwan's bestselling Crazy Rich Asians... a field guide to Asia's uberwealthy echelon and comic satire at its best."
"Welcome to the world of China Rich Girlfriend, which picks up a few years after the events of Kevin Kwan's frothy 2013 best-seller, Crazy Rich Asians. In accordance with the Law of Sequels, it's more over-the-top than its predecessor—which is saying something . . . [China Rich Girlfriend is] entertaining . . . buoyant." ―Entertainment Weekly
"The summer's funniest beach read." —Vanity Fair
“I loved China Rich Girlfriend… 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 Lui, Flare
"The summer's funniest beach read. When Crazy Rich Asians hit shelves in peak beach-read season two summers ago, readers ate up its urestrained and uproarious fictional depictions of the opulent lives of Asia's super elite. . . China Rich Girlfriend follow[s] the same multitentacled clan and their world-traveling, high-spending, and backstabbing antics."
–Lauren Christensen, Vanity Fair
"China Rich Girlfriend, Kevin Kwan's frothy sequel to his debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians, revisits the world of Hong Kong's and Singapore's super-super-elite. . . . these sharply observed books have an insider's authority. Girlfriend is also so diverting that it (almost) made me forget that my seatmate on a recent flight from New York to Dubai was muttering to himself nonstop." ―Condé Nast Traveler
"An entertaining look at an unbelievable world of consumption. . . . China Rich Girlfriend has . . . fun with swagger and style . . . Genre fiction is probably richer for it." ―Metro
"In this year's best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore . . . There's no timely cocktail I'd rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend . . . As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan's books. But if you need to assuage your guilt about summer reading with a little intellectual patina, Kwan has you covered too; His peek into this rarified world is spiked with tart observations about old and new money, the nuances of racism and the way they all interact . . . Fizzy, highly entertaining." ―The Washington Post
"In this year’s best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore… There’s no timely cocktail I’d rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend… As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan’s books. But if you need to assuage your guilt about summer reading with a little intellectual patina, Kwan has you covered too; His peek into this rarified world is spiked with tart observations about old and new money, the nuances of racism and the way they all interact… A cheeky reminder that those who think they can’t make a romance or a comedy of manners work in an entirely non-white setting are not just lying or kidding themselves, but wasting the almost gluttonous opportunities available to storytellers who stretch beyond convention… Fizzy, highly entertaining.”
–Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post
“As the real China rich dig their nails into the world of the wealthy and wasteful, Kwan sharpens his with another acerbic yet affectionate examination of Asian uber-elite social mores, still largely invisible in Western popular culture… The novel is filled with jaw-dropping accounts of opulence… and showdowns worthy of an episode of "Gossip Girl."… China Rich Girlfriend is a crazy parade through the lives of the aspirational elite. It's also a rich portrait of Asia's real obsession with consumerism and its economic rise, one whose trajectory, like Kwan's, is not yet complete.”
–Nicole Lee, Los Angeles Times
“Those Crazy Rich Asians are back as a mix of old and new characters in Kwan's new novel, China Rich Girlfriend... The book brings the foibles of the wealthy into a new setting: China. It reflects the ascendance of a new elite — the product of the booming economy of mainland China. This fresh crop of billionaires form a new strata of Asia's one percent, what Kwan likes to call the "China Rich."… Kwan's characters are powerful and attractive, living in the lap of luxury.”
–All Things Considered, NPR weekend
"Lifestyles of the rich and famous, China-style. A follow to Kwan's lively debut, Crazy Rich Asians, this new book delivers more over-the-top consumption in Asia's most exclusive locale.”
–The Houston Chronicle
“Kevin Kwan has a new book coming out soon. It's called China Rich Girlfriend, and if you don't know why this is shriek-worthy news, allow me to introduce you to Kwan's first novel, Crazy Rich Asians, [a] gloriously, irreverently fun and dishy novel.” –Roxane Gay, NPR
“Kwan returns with an equally good-natured, catty-as-hell sequel to his bestselling roman à clef about China's new and old money dynasties. For those not cued in, Kwan's tone is breakneck and utterly disarming—part Oscar Wilde, part Judith Krantz, part Arthur Frommer . . . Hilarious . . . Over-the-top and hard to stop.” –Kirkus
“Kwan’s latest follows in the footsteps of his wildly imaginative Crazy Rich Asians but adds even more conspicuous consumption and over-the-top behavior… Resplendent with gorgeous description …. The dialog is always top-notch. There are many fascinating substories... A sprinkling of footnotes adds local expressions, insightful asides, and Kwan’s own snarky personal comments. Among the many laugh-out-loud incidents are examples of the extreme cheapness of some of these ultrawealthy people and tidbits about their staff… The conclusion offers up additional shocks and surprises that will have readers clamoring for more. Those who enjoy splendid writing and getting a glimpse at how the other half (probably much less than 50 percent) lives will delight in this book.”
—Library Journal (Starred Review)
"The novel offers a second helping of the social-climbing, jet-setting, wildly scandalous world that propelled Kwan's first book to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. With one exception—somehow it manages to outstrip the earlier work's excesses."
―Women's Wear Daily
“Singapore-based sensation Kevin Kwan follows up his smash success, Crazy Rich Asians, which is currently being made into a film, with another sure-to-be hit. As with his first novel, Kwan takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the lives—and nuptial preparations—of absurdly wealthy society folks in mainland China.”
—Readers Digest Canada
“The much-anticipated sequel to Crazy Rich Asians (a great summer read in its own right), China Rich Girlfriend continues the tale of Rachel Chu and her upcoming nuptials to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia... With the same hilarity and scandalous narrative as the first novel, China Rich Girlfriend will not disappoint both fans and newcomers to the series.”
—Town & Country
“Last year Kevin Kwan introduced summer fun readers to a cast of characters entirely foreign but somehow familiar…In China Rich Girlfriend, he continues that story but throws into the mix the recently acquired fortunes of China that take to easy street like it’s a superhighway… They offer a taste of Asian opulence served with skewering humor. Delectable wretched excess.”
–New York Daily News
“What happens when the young woman destined to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor gets derailed by a shocking family secret? That’s what Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians) examines in this amusing, whirlwind novel about Rachel Chu, who discovers her long-lost father and falls headlong into a Shanghai — the fashion! the social climbing! the secrets! — wilder than her wildest dreams.”
—The Miami Herald
“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. It’s a modern-day comedy of manners that highlights what it means to be ‘China rich’ as well as the things that money can never buy.”
–Minneapolis Star Tribune
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
KEVIN KWAN was born and raised in Singapore. After obtaining his first degree in creative writing from the University of Houston, Kevin moved to New York to pursue a BFA at Parsons School of Design. His first novel, Crazy Rich Asians, was a wild success. He currently lives in Manhattan.
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The name dropping, brand names no one knows, has heard of, and truly don’t care about. Shopping sprees, 10-star restaurants, and the church located on the 99th floor that you can attend by invitation only…really? The church badges were already quite over the top, and the motto, “Communing with Christ at a Higher Level” was pathetically amusing. I must assume the author wanted to convey that if you’re the “super-rich,” you can’t just worship; your worship must be on a “higher-level” in more ways than one.
There are also too many characters that after a while really don’t matter for the stories being told: Kitty & Bernard, Collette, Corinna, the elder parents mentioned often.
All in all, not enough good storylines and I want my money back.
The new characters in the book range from semi-normal to loonier than you could ever imagine. One character in the book is a super famous internet fashion blogger. She has more followers than most rock stars and her fans are obsessed with the clothing that she wears and the number of times she changes her outfits each day. Fashion blogger woman has a boyfriend who has a connection to Rachel that we find out about. Nick is a bit more laid back in this book and that is a good thing because he really did not come off looking too good at the end of the last book. Take it from me, he redeems himself. Nick's mom is in this book as well and she may or may not surprise you with her antics. She is entertaining to be sure.
I really enjoyed this book and I was a bit sad when it came to the end. I am holding out hope for the next sequel which might be titled Crazy Rich Asian Children. I am sure there will be skyscraper playhouses involved and other crazy indulgences.
For a guilty pleasure book I gave China Rich Girlfriend 5 stars. The book gave me a lot of enjoyable entertainment.