[539]: China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Double Day Canada | Hardcover, 378 pp. | June 16th, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Kevin Kwan is back with his instalment of what has easily become a perennial favourite book of mine. Crazy Rich Asians gave us a peek at how the outrageously rich Asians live. He skewered and ridiculed, enlightened and entertained us with their antics. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know there was to be an instalment until I started seeing lucky bloggers received ARCs of this book. I was lucky enough to receive a finished copy from the publisher because this was a book that I genuinely coveted to the marrow of my bones. Well, it did not disappoint (see: 5 star-rating).

UPDATES:

When we left Crazy Rich Asians, Nick was disowned by the matriarch of the Young family for wanting to marry an American Chinese with no lineage to speak of. The story starts off with Rachel and Nick on the eve of their wedding pensive because Astrid (Nick’s cousin) just gave them the news that his mother found out about their pending marriage.

RACHEL was happy that Nick chose her despite all the billions of dollars he’s to lose for marrying a nobody like her. But finding her father would make it even much sweeter. As luck would have it, Nick’s mother found him. But knowing her track record, it could only mean one thing: the possibility that she would use this information to stop her son from marrying her.

MICHAEL and ASTRID separated at the end of Crazy Rich Asians. Two years later, they managed to reconcile and patch up their marriage – somewhat. Now, Michael has vastly become one of the most successful, rich tech venture capitalist in Singapore. But he’s not the same person. He’s more confident, more secure in his place in the society. He feels he can now go toe-to-toe with Astrid’s opulent family. But with every evidence of this newfound confidence sheds another layer of the old Michael that Astrid used to know. Did he change for the better? Or worse?

Delicious Desert.

This book is absolutely decadent. But like every good deserts known to mankind, there’s never enough supply of it. So at the end of this book, I’m both satiated and hungry for more. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten my closure just yet. Much like Crazy Rich Asians, this instalment is just as ridiculous, if not more. I could name every single thing that made this book even more outrageous than the first, but I don’t want to do you a disservice. The best thing about this book is discovering all the ridiculousness of the rich. Once again, I’m in awe. You’ve never known excess until you’ve seen how these people live. And if you think this is just another version of The Real Housewives of ___________ (city), you will be wrong. The drama here is something that will surprise and amuse you.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I know most of you read YA, but if you ever decide to check out an Adult Fiction that YA readers could like, this is perhaps, Β a series that you should stock in your shelves.

 

  • This does sound like such fun! I’ll probably have to go find myself a copy of the first, especially since this one turned out so well for you. πŸ™‚

  • Well. I never realized Crazy Rich Asians live any different than Crazy Rich Americans, lmao but this sounds like a funny series!

    • Ha! I don’t know how Crazy Rich Americans live , but if they are nearly as outrageous as Cray Rich Asians, then I’m all for it. πŸ™‚

  • First time I hear about these books, but a story with crazy rich Asians definitely sounds inviting. Glad this installment was as good as the 1st one. πŸ™‚

  • YAY so glad to hear that you found this one just as delicious as I did. I feel like Kevin likes leaving his books very opened ended…and you don’t even know whether there will be another installment to come. WHY DOES HE DO THIS TO US?! It is absolutely shocking to see how extravagant these characters are with their spending, but it was portrayed in such a realistic way that makes me believe that they don’t know any better. I need a new Kevin Kwan book now!!

  • This is actually something I’ve been meaning to try for a while! At first, I thought it was just some “1001 WAYS ON HOW TO BE RICH LIKE ASIANS” but lol well, obviously I was wrong. The premise has that Kinsella feel to it – kind of outrageous but still fluffy and all for a good laugh or two. I’ll take it!

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • You’ll enjoy this, Faye. Kind of like a glimpse into how the rich people live. And trust me, this is a whole another ball game altogether.

  • I’ve read nothing about this series, but I’ve seen them around a lot, particularly on *your* instagram, Joy! Love the review, this seems like it’s one of your favourite series and a really interesting one, at that- the drama of it!
    I don’t think this would actually be a series I’d go for, but maybe when I’m more into adult lit I’ll give it a try. It sounds fun and has a great cover, so why not?
    Lovely review. xx

  • I can’t wait to read this series, Joy, Laura and Jaz have recommended this highlight to me and I totally think it’d be up my alley. I don’t shy away from adult fiction, so I’m going to have to pick this one up sometime. Lovely review Joy!

  • You distracted me with shoes (Louboutins?) so it took me a minute to focus and read your review! Lol! So nice to get a book, a sequel no less that knocks your socks off. Glad all the drama was entertaining instead of frustrating. I hope Nick and Rachel were able to overcome his mother’s machinations! Wonderful review and picture! πŸ™‚

  • Okay, J.! You totally wet my appetite here:-) I had this author on my radar already so it’s great to know you enjoy him so much:-) Fab review!

  • Isn’t it fab when the sequel of a book that you loved it just as good as the first one? I am so glad you could love both of these books and it seems like this series does have a lot of culture in it, which is one thing I love. Great review!

    • Yes! I love how the author kept his momentum. I would even say that this is better than the first.

  • So happy that you loved this book so much Joy πŸ˜€ The cover is so cute; I love it. One day I shall want to read this book. <3 Because damn, you are making it sound amazing. Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  • I’ve seen Crazy Rich Asians around but have never really looked into it myself. Adult books aren’t things I read all that often, but it might be something to keep in mind if I want something entertaining.

  • Love the photo! And I still havenΒ΄t read the first book of the series, but IΒ΄m going to add them to my wishlit.

  • Forget the book, take a photo of those Loubs & whatever it was that’s inside that dust bag!

  • Joy, I’m back! It’s great to be getting back into the blogging swing of things.

    I’m excited to read Crazy Rich Asians. I found out about it through your Goodreads favorites shelf, actually. By the time I finish it, I hope to have the sequel ready to go. πŸ˜€

  • I really love this series! I find it hilarious and actually really realistic, the character growth was amazing as well – I’m glad you could enjoy it as well πŸ™‚

    • That’s great to hear, Benish! I love the growth too, though not in Michael’s case. He seemed to have recessed into someone ugly. Sigh.

  • This sounds really fun Joy! Good to see there was a lot of growth in the characters since the previous book.
    Love the pic too πŸ˜‰

  • Oh well, I can’t wait to be surprised then! I do admit that the lifestyle of rich people is often outrageous yet hilarious, too. Great review πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Lola. I don’t think anyone can top the outrageousness of these people, to be honest. Reading about it is entertaining as it is educational!

  • I’ve heard of the first book, but have yet to pick it up – thought it would be some stereotypical rubbish, but glad to hear it’s awesome!

    • Definitely not. These Asians are a different breed! And man, it’s quite entertaining!

  • RO

    Ok – no better way to grab my attention than with a pic of shoes! (lol)Yes, yes and yes! Hugs…

    • Hahahah! You and I are quite the pair. πŸ™‚

  • I have been branching some into adult and if you compare to a dessert, how can I resist?

  • Decadent, and five stars. Where do I sign up? Great review, Joy! I’m convinced.

  • Love, love, love that cover Joy! While I do read a ton of YA, I’m always looking for other recommendations and this series sounds like too much fun to pass up. I like a little ridiculous now and then:)

    • Oh I hope you’ll give a go someday. It’s a delicious novel!

  • Wohoo! Don’t you just love it when a book you’re excited and dying for winds up being an excellent read.
    This book and series sounds outrageous, in a good way! The writing sounds lovely!
    Great review, Joy!

    • A once in a blue moon occurrence, for sure. πŸ™‚

  • I remember reading your review of Crazy Rich Asians a while back and my interest was piqued. Then I came across ‘China Rich Girlfriend’ and and balked at the title for a moment until I realized it was a sequel. From your review it sounds like it could be a surprisingly good read. Not my usual cup-of-joe for sure, but I’m picking up a quality writing vibe beyond just the 5 star rating. πŸ˜€

    • Haha! Definitely not your mug of tea. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading my review!

  • Woo hoo! this sounds like it was such a fun read and a wonderful one at that too, especially for a sequel! I love that! Wonderful review!

  • Want!!!

    And are those Louboutinis?

  • It’s sounds like a really fun series to follow. I don’t think I know about it but it looks like the perfect summer read. I want it!

    • Absolutely perfect, Melliane! It’s light, funny, and an education, to say the least. πŸ™‚