Book Review | Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Authour:
Kevin Kwan
Format:
ARC
Publication date:
May 23rd 2017
Publisher:
Doubleday
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
Rich People Problems has been my most anticipated title ever since it was announced that there would be a third book in the Crazy Rich Asians series. I couldn’t wait to return to the world and the beloved characters for the series finale!

After having two books focus on Rachel, the third book focuses on Nicholas and his “crazy rich” family. Nick’s grandmother and the family’s matriarch, Su Yi is on her death-bed which means everybody is gathered at Tyersall Park. One of my favourite aspects about Rich People Problems other than the Astrid and Charlie relationship was the relationship between Nick and his Ah Ma (grandmother) who have been estranged for five years since Nick decided to marry Rachel. I liked that we become more acquainted with her past. I also wouldn’t object to an entire book dedicated to Su Yi’s life when she was younger as I felt that we only got snippets of her past which were discovered by Nick off-screen.

For the majority of Rich People Problems, I found the book to be well written and well-paced. However, there were several moments that occurred off-screen that I wish we could have seen, such as the development of some of the later romantic relationships in addition to Nick learning more about his Ah Ma’s past and finally Nick’s campaigning attempts and Rachel’s gathering of the “dream team” and fending off Nick’s crazy aunts. Though I supposed it was necessary for all these events to happen “off-screen” as there just wouldn’t be enough time or room for it all in one book.

Those who enjoyed the other books in the Crazy Rich Asians series will definitely enjoy Rich People Problems. It’s no simple task to be able to write a satisfying conclusion to a beloved series, but Kevin Kwan manages to do just that. Sure there are still a few minor questions that are left unanswered, nevertheless I remain more than satisfied with Rich People Problems being the last book in the series. That being said, however I am eagerly anticipating the movie release and wouldn’t object to a prequel featuring Su Yi and I know I’m not the only one, right?

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

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Waiting on Wednesday #22 | Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan

wed Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights upcoming titles that we’re looking forward to/dying to read. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

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Synopsis:
When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.

When I first heard about this book, I knew I needed it right

If you know me even a little bit, you will know that I am OBSESSED with Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series. I always try to stay on top of the latest news when it comes to the book series and the movie which is currently in casting. I’m also responsible for convincing most of my blogger friends (and a couple of non book blogger ones as well) to pick up this series.

The synopsis of the last book in this series promises a ton of juicy drama and I’m definitely looking forward to the face-off between Kitty and Colette! Rich People Problems is without a doubt my most anticipated 2017 release. Here’s to hoping that it proves to be a satisfying conclusion to what has been one of my favourite series ever! (I’m also hoping the author visits Toronto again so I’ll be able to get my copy of the book signed)

What books are you “waiting” on this week?

Words of Asia | China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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For a listing to the links for all the other review posts for the Words of Asia blog event click here.

About the Authour:
Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore and currently lives in Manhattan. China Rich Girlfriend is his second novel, a follow up to his first novel, Crazy Rich Asians. Having grown up in the world that is depicted in his novels, he’s in an excellent position to give the rest of us an insider’s look into the exclusive world of the wealthy in Asia.

Where Does it Take Place?
The book jumps around ALOT! It starts in China then goes to Hong Kong before jumping to California and then to Singapore. Basically reading this book is like traveling to a whole bunch of different places, most of them in Asia.

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What’s it About:
The sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend once again follow Rachel and Nick as they get to know a whole other side of crazy rich, this time in Mainland China. And this whole new, crazy world may or may not be somehow connected to Rachel’s father. Along the way w get to catch up with some fan favourite characters from the first book such as Eddie and Astrid as well as getting to know some of the new characters.

My Thoughts:
In case you guys don’t know, China Rich Girlfriend was pretty much my most anticipated read of 2015. I could not wait to dive into that world again and visit all the familiar characters as well as meet the new ones. Fortunately the book did not disappoint, I love that we get to see both Astrid and Peik Lin again as well as Nick and Rachel of course. And I love Rachel’s interactions with some of the new characters especially one in particular who may be connected to her father. All in all, this entire book was much more intense and crazier than the first book, what with all the mind games and characters sizing each other up at every chance they get. It was basically a rollicking, good time and an excellent novel if you ever want to escape into another world. I also loved how in this book, the authour made the decision to show some of the plot through gossip tabloids and news articles, I thought it was an incredibly creative idea and it was a welcome addition to the reading experience. In the end while I really loved the book, I can’t help but want more so I really hope there will be a third book. Not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet!

You’ll like this book, if you love:
Books with LOTS of DRAMA, soap opera- like gossip, fashion and of course mouth watering descriptions of food. Also for those who you something slightly different from your usual adult contemporary fiction and a different kind of setting.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nevertheless, regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.