China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2)by Published 16 Jun 2015
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Kevin Kwan, bestselling author ofCrazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.
On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriendbrings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.
"China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2)" Reviews
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan is a 2015 Doubleday publication.
Another outstanding installment in this wildly entertaining series!
As the story opens, a couple of years have passed since our initial introduction to these “Crazy Rich Asians”.
Nick and Rachel are on the cusp of getting married, but Eleanor is still meddling and Rachel is still hoping to locate her long, lost father.
Astrid’s husband's company has seen unprecedented success, putting him on equal footing with his wife, but the success, power, and money have brought out an unpleasant side of his personality.
The story also prominently features Rachel’s father, his wife, and their son, Carlton, who is recovering from a near fatal car accident.
I was totally, and quite pleasantly, surprised by how much I enjoyed ‘Crazy Rich Asians”. I couldn’t wait to dive in to this second installment, but my excitement was slightly muted when I noticed several readers saying this one wasn’t as good as the first book. I had a slightly ‘let down’ feeling, but was determined to keep an open mind.
Curiously, I found this book to be every bit as enjoyable as the first- maybe even more so. There was one part, in particular, where I literally guffawed. In fact, every time I think about it, I get cracked up all over again.
This series is a guilty pleasure, a Fashionista’s dream, full of snippy dialogue, backstabbing, manipulations and snobbery. But, it’s also a family drama/saga, packed with cultural duties and expectations, generational conflicts, alliances, love stories, and friendships.
Again, there is much to learn culturally, which was as fascinating as it was informative… and often very funny.
I’m super excited about reading ‘Rich People Problems’, which I already have queued up and ready to go. Stay tuned!
I think I liked this one better than the first and you've gotta admit that's rare for sequels. Laugh-out-loud funny, educational in an urban dictionary kind of way, tons of drama, romance, and even a little bit of suspense/mystery this time around. It was amazing!
My favorite quote:
“People are messy. Life gets messy. Things are not always going to work out perfectly just because you want them to.”
Very rarely do I read a sequel that I enjoy more than I enjoyed the first installment, but for me this was one of those. It takes the characters of Crazy Rich Asians and puts them in situations that were even more enjoyable than before. It's got everything a good book needs - love, hate, poison, and MEGA RICH DRAMA.
What did I think? While I found some of Crazy Rich Asians to be slow and less interesting than others, China Rich Girlfriend was full of cliffhangers and moments that had me truly feeling for the characters.
Who should read it? If you read Crazy Rich Asians and enjoyed it, continue the experience by giving this one a shot. Although you could begin with this book and still enjoy it, you'd get a lot more out of it by reading Crazy Rich Asians first.
Less enjoyable than the first, with not much of a plot, characters that serve as clothes hangers and pretty much the whole book being a tour of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in Modern China. There's a (desperate) attempt to inject some mystery at the end but it's hardly enough to save a plodding read. Only saving grace was a note written by an image consultant to a Chinese-born woman trying to hobnob with Hong Kong's elite.
Its been two years since Rachel and Nick went to Singapore on that disastrous trip to meet his family. While some members of his family embraced Rachel, others were less than cordial towards her. This, however, does not deter Nick from wanting to marry her. On the eve of their wedding in California, its none other than Eleanor (Nick's mother) that makes a grand apperance. Surprisingly she is not there to stop the wedding but to deliver great news to Rachel: she located her birth father. Its now time for Rachel to meet her family. After her experiences with Nick's family, how bad could that be?
This novel is the equivalent to those crazy, trendy milkshakes made with ice cream then topped with a brownie, a donut, a chocolate bar and finished off with chocolate drizzle: its excessive. Yet its one of those experiences that you are compelled to try once if only out of sheer curiosity. Talk about a guilty pleasure. Kevin Kwan is back with the over-the-top, crazy life styles of the creme de la creme of Asia's society. Rachel never met her father, having been raised by her mother in America. A chance meeting delivers Eleanor right into his household. He is happy to learn about Rachel and invites her and Nick to spend some time with him in China. However, Rachel does not exactly get the red carpet treatment once there. She thought she knew what she was in for, having lived a rather unpleasent experience with Nick's family, but Rachel is wrong. This is a whole other level of unpredictability. Spending money frivolously is a sport and those who have it always attempt to outspend each other. Through all the hilarious situations Rachel only strives to meet her family but there so many obstacles in her way. While the plot does border on ridiculous, its fun and entertaining. I will definitely see what the third installment in the series brings.