“I hate to point out the obvious, but here’s this tiny bird that’s been trying to get through a huge bulletproof glass wall. A totally impossible situation. You tell me it’s been here every day pecking away persistently for ten minutes. Well, today the glass wall came down.”
- Title: Crazy Rich Asians
- Author: Kevin Kwan
- Genre: Romance, Drama
- Pages: 403 pages
- Publication date: June 11, 2013
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
After watching the movie, I knew I had to read the book. I related too much to the movie, so I knew I’d like the book as well. But I waited a little while to read it, so I could read it with more of a fresh look.
If you saw the movie, get ready, because there’s about twenty more layers to the book. The book is in a third person POV from almost every character. You get to look into each characters’ thoughts and their lives. It also comes with a family tree in case you get lost. There are three main plot lines though: Rachel, Astrid, and Piek.
The main plot from those three is Rachel. Rachel has decided to spend the summer with her boyfriend, Nick. For the first time ever in two years, he’s taking her to go see his family. But he decided not to mention that his family is one of the wealthiest families in Singapore. His family, realizing that Rachel is not from money, doesn’t believe she is worthy for Nick. They call her a gold digger and begin plotting to get rid of her.
Even though there were so many characters, I rarely got confused on who was who. The characters I got confused about, they were so small that it almost didn’t matter. After reading a couple of pages, I could kind of remember who they were.
My major concern for readers coming in from the movie would be how crazy the book got. If you’re expecting the PG-13 movie you got, you might not want to open the book. The book doesn’t show anything, but, as a warning, it mentions sexual content, rape, abuse, and more. Plus, the whole Astrid plot line from the movie is completely different. It’s a whole new experience where you question Astrid more than you thought you would.
I did enjoy the book though. I saw it as something entirely different from the movie. It had some vivid characters and some great twists that are different than the movie. A handful of spots had a good laugh.
I’d recommend this book, especially if you have an open mind that’s away from the movie. If you’re expecting the movie, you might not like the book.
Average rating on Goodreads: 3.84/5