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).
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?
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, a series that you should stock in your shelves.