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Rich People Problems

Kevin Kwan really hit it home with this series. The third book came available from the library almost as soon as I put it on my hold list so I went ahead and finished out the series.

Rich People Problems, like China Rich Girlfriend, incorporated some new characters, but mainly focused on Nick’s extended family. Their beloved grandmother’s, matriarch of the family in every sense of the word, health in failing and children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins come out the woodwork to say their goodbyes and makes their last good impressions. After all, there is expected to be a sizable will. There is also a more in-depth storyline about Nick’s cousin Astrid, who I have liked throughout the series.

Supposedly Nick was written out of the will when he married Rachel and he had not spoken to his grandmother for many years. So he, especially, felt the need to mend bridges, regardless of what was in the will. Drama and hilarity ensues, of course, which makes this a quick and entertaining read. A great “beach read”. I don’t know if there are supposed to be more movies, but I would be all for it!


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China Rich Girlfriend

Kevin Kwan really fought his niche with this series. They are really fascinating and entertaining! China Rich Girlfriend picks up where Crazy Rich Asians left off but I felt like it’s not as focused on Nick and Rachel. It’s mainly the same characters with a few new ones thrown in. I was glad to have a character recap at the beginning of the book as a reminder of the main characters back-stories and relationships to one another.

Nick and Rachel are planning their wedding but Nick has only invited a couple of family members who were not concerned that Rachel was not from a prominent Asian family. But word gets out about the wedding and, of course, drama ensues. I’ll go ahead and tell you as well that they find Rachel’s real father (hence the new characters) so she and Nick end up honeymooning to Asia. There, they get to spend time with old and new friends and new family. But, again, there is drama. So much drama, in fact, that someone almost dies. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you who. All in all, it is a mostly happy ending but I am excited to see what the third book brings. Because I cannot imagine what the level of drama could be bumped up to. It almost reminds me of Gossip Girl on steroids and with adults instead of teens (side note – new Gossip Girl coming to HBO?! Anyone?!).

Great summer/beach read and I can’t wait to read the next one!


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Crazy Rich Asians

I held off seeing the movie Crazy Rich Asians because I wanted to read the book first and I am glad I did! The book was an entertaining and quick read. Kevin Kwan does a great job of providing enough details to create a great picture but not droning on with unnecessary details.

Nick decides to take his girlfriend, Rachel, home to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. But he does prepare her at all for what is in store. His extremely wealthy family and friends live life on a completely different level and no one believes that Rachel is with Nick for any reason but his money. Little do they know that Rachel knows nothing of the fortunes that Nick is entitled to as he lives a completely “normal” life as a professor in New York City. So what happens when Nick’s mother learns of Rachel for the first time and eventually that Nick wants to marry her? I’m not going to give away all of the surprises. And that’s just the main story line! You’ll have to read the book. Or watch the movie. I’m not sure how they line up since I haven’t watched the movie yet, but that will happen soon.

I’m adding book #2, China Rich Girlfriend, to the reading list as well! 6/34 books complete for 2019!

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