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From the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians (the basis for the acclaimed major motion picture) comes a deliciously fun story of family, fortune, and fame in Mainland China. 

Book Two of the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy


It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle. 

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.

Look for Kevin Kwan’s latest novel, Sex & Vanity!

Review

“Snarky. . . Wicked. . . Funny.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times


“Deliciously fun. . . . Satire at its best.” —People

 
“Scandalous.” —Town and Country 

 
“Makes Downton Abbey look more like Downton Arrivistes. . . . Ingenious.” —The Daily Beast 

 
“Frothy.”—Hanya Yanigahara, Conde Nast Traveler 

 
“Lifestyles of the rich and famous, China-style” —The Houston Chronicle


“This year''s best beach reading. . . . As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan’s books. . . . Highly entertaining.” —The Washington Post

 
“A crazy parade through the lives of the aspirational elite.” —Los Angeles Times


“The equivalent of a Bubble Tea concoction laced with Henry James extracts and Jackie Collins sprinkles. . . . In the same way that Edith Wharton catalogued the Gilded Age via novels like The Age of Innocence, Kwan—in his novels—is doing his bit for a China that now has the second-highest number of millionaires in the world.” —The Daily Beast 


“A taste of Asian opulence served with skewering humor.” —The Daily News

 
“Kwan’s characters are powerful and attractive, living in the lap of luxury.” —NPR, “All Things Considered”
 
 
“Very enjoyable. . . . Just as funny as Crazy Rich Asians, this globe-spanning tale of excess includes enough snootiness and class snobbery to fill a multitude of designer handbags.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
 

 “With the same hilarity . . . as the first novel, China Rich Girlfriend will not disappoint both fans and newcomers to the series.” —Town and Country 
 

 “An equally good-natured, catty-as-hell sequel. . . . Part Oscar Wilde, part Judith Krantz, part Arthur Frommer . . . Hilarious . . . Over-the-top and hard to stop.” —Kirkus Reviews


China Rich Girlfriend is the most fun I’ve had reading a book in quite some time. . . . A jam-packed, lively story.” —Amy Scribner, BookPage 


“A heady taste of vicarious escapism. . . . Read China Rich Girlfriend for the exuberant spectacle of zippy vintage cars, gossipy matriarchs-who-lunch and reckless profligacy but read it also for its very engaging narrative about people like us.” —Thuy On, The Sydney Morning Herald 


“[An] amusing, whirlwind novel.” —The Miami Herald


“Like Gossip Girl and Dynasty and the royal family of England all at the same time. Kwan’s characters behave hideously—and it’s hilarious.” —Elaine “Lainey” Lui, Flare


“Will have readers clamoring for more.” —Library Journal (starred review)


“An engaging page-turner with a multi-layered, inventive narrative. Kwan has clearly taken a few lessons from one of America’s great social satirists—think Tom Wolfe set loose on the wealthiest enclaves of Confucian Asia.” —South China Morning Post


About the Author

Kevin Kwan is the author of  Crazy Rich Asians, the international bestseller now being adapted into a major motion picture.   Born and raised in Singapore, Kwan has called Manhattan home for the past two decades but still craves pineapple tarts and a decent plate of Hokkien mee.

Please visit www.kevinkwanbooks.com

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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The Mandarin

Hong Kong, January 25, 2013

In early 2012, a brother and sister clearing out their late mother’s attic in the London neighborhood of Hampstead discovered what appeared to be a cluster of old Chinese scrolls at the bottom of a steamer trunk. By chance, the sister had a friend who worked at Christie’s, so she dropped them off--in four Sainsbury’s grocery sacks--at the auctioneer’s salesroom on Old Brompton Road, hoping they might “take a look and tell us if they’re worth anything.”

When the senior specialist of Chinese Classical Paintings opened up one of the silk scrolls, he nearly went into cardiac arrest. Unfurled before him was an image so remarkably rendered, it immediately reminded him of a set of hanging scroll paintings long thought to be destroyed. Could this be The Palace of Eighteen Perfections? The artwork, created by the Qing dynasty artist Yuan Jiang in 1693, was believed to have been secretly removed from China during the Second Opium War in 1860, when many of the royal palaces were ransacked, and lost forever.

As staffers scurried around unrolling the scrolls, they discovered twenty-four pieces, each almost seven feet tall and in immaculate condition. Placed side by side, they spanned thirty-seven feet, almost filling the floor space of two workrooms. At last, the senior specialist could confirm that this was undoubtedly the mythical work described in all the classical Chinese texts he had spent much of his career studying.

The Palace of Eighteen Perfections was an opulent eighth-century imperial retreat in the mountains north of modern-day Xi’an. It was said to be one of the most magnificent royal residences ever built, with grounds so vast that one had to travel between the halls on horseback. On these ancient silk scrolls, the intricate pavilions, courtyards, and gardens that meandered through a dreamlike blue-and-green mountain landscape were painted in colors so vibrantly preserved, they seemed almost electric in their iridescence.

The auction-house staff stood over the exquisite masterpiece in awed silence. A find of this caliber was like discovering a long-hidden painting by da Vinci or Vermeer. When the international director of Asian Art rushed in to see them, he began to feel faint and forced himself to take a few steps back for fear that he might fall onto the delicate artwork. Choking back his tears, the director finally said, “Call François in Hong Kong. Tell him to get Oliver T’sien on the next flight to London.”1

The director then declared, “We need to give these beauties the grand tour. We’re going to start out with an exhibition in Geneva, then London, then at our Rockefeller Center showroom in New York. Let’s give the world’s top collectors a chance to see it. Only then will we take it to Hong Kong, and sell it right before the Chinese New Year. By then the Chinese should be frothing at the mouth in anticipation.”

Which is precisely how Corinna Ko-Tung came to be sitting in the Clipper Lounge of the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong a year later, impatiently awaiting the arrival of Lester and Valerie Liu. Her richly embossed business card listed her as an “art consultant,” but for a few select clients, she was a great deal more than that. Corinna was born to one of Hong Kong’s most pedigreed families, and she secretly parlayed her extensive connections into a very profitable sideline. For clients like the Lius, Corinna did everything from refining the art on their walls to the clothes on their back--all in service of getting them memberships at the most elite clubs, their names onto the right invitation lists, and their children into the city’s top schools. In short, she was a special consultant for social climbers.

Corinna spotted the Lius as they ascended the short flight of stairs up to the mezzanine lounge overlooking the lobby. The couple cut quite a striking picture, and she had to pat herself on the back for this. The first time Corinna met the Lius, they were both in head-to-toe Prada. To these new arrivals from Guangdong, it was the height of sophistication, but to Corinna, it just screamed clueless Mainland money. Thanks to her handiwork, Lester entered the Clipper Lounge looking particularly dapper in a bespoke three-piece suit from Kilgour of Savile Row, and Valerie was chicly clad in a silvery Persian lamb parka from J. Mendel, appropriately sized black pearls, and dove-gray suede Lanvin ankle boots. But there was something a little off about her outfit--the handbag was a mistake. The glossy ombre-dyed reptile-skin bag obviously came from some nearly extinct species, but it reminded Corinna of the sort of handbag only a mistress would carry. She made a mental note to drop a hint at the appropriate moment.

Valerie arrived at the table apologizing profusely. “I’m sorry we’re late. Our chauffeur mistakenly took us to the Landmark Mandarin Oriental instead of this one.”

“Not a problem,” Corinna replied graciously. Tardiness was one of her pet peeves, but with the kind of retainer the Lius were paying her, she wasn’t about to complain.

“I’m surprised you wanted to meet here. Don’t you think the tearoom at the Four Seasons is much nicer?” Valerie asked.

“Or even the Peninsula,” Lester chimed in, casting a dismissive eye at the rectangular 1970s-era chandeliers cascading from the ceiling of the lobby.

“The Peninsula gets too many tourists, and the Four Seasons is where all the new people go. The Mandarin is where proper Hong Kong families have been coming to tea for generations. My grandmother Lady Ko-Tung used to bring me here at least once a month when I was a girl,” Corinna patiently explained, adding, “You must also leave out the ‘Oriental’--we locals simply call it ‘the Mandarin.’ ”

“Oh,” Valerie replied, feeling a little chastised. She glanced around, taking in the subdued oak-paneled walls and armchairs with just the perfect amount of sag in the seat cushions, her eyes suddenly widening. Leaning closer in, she whispered excitedly to Corinna, “Do you see who’s over there? Isn’t that Fiona Tung-Cheng with her mother-in-law, Alexandra Cheng, having tea with the Ladoories?”

“Who are they?” Lester asked, a little too loudly.

Valerie nervously shushed her husband in Mandarin. “Don’t stare--I’ll tell you later!”

Corinna smiled in approval. That Valerie was a quick study. The Lius were relatively new clients, but they were Corinna’s favorite type of clients--Red Royals, she called them. Unlike fresh-off-the-boat Mainlander millionaires, these heirs of China’s ruling class--known in China as fuerdai, or “second-generation-rich”--had good manners and good teeth, and had never known the deprivation of their parents’ generation. The tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution were ancient history as far as they were concerned. Obscene gobs of money had come easily to them, so obscene gobs they were ready to part with.

Lester’s family controlled one of China’s largest insurance companies, and he met Valerie, the Shanghai-born daughter of an anesthesiologist, when they were both at the University of Sydney. With an ever-growing fortune and ever-refining taste, this thirtysomething couple was ambitiously striving to make their mark on the power scene in Asia. With homes in London, Shanghai, Sydney, and New York, and a newly constructed house that resembled a cruise liner in Hong Kong’s Deep Water Bay, they were anxiously filling the walls with museum-quality art in the hopes that Hong Kong Tattle might soon do a feature.

Lester got right down to business. “So how much do you think these scrolls will end up going for?”

“Well, that’s what I wanted to discuss with you. I know you said you were prepared to go up to fifty million, but I have a feeling we will break all records tonight. Would you be prepared to go up to seventy-five?” Corinna said carefully, testing the waters.

Lester didn’t flinch. He reached for one of the sausage puffs on the silver cake stand and said, “Are you sure it’s worth that much?”

“Mr. Liu, this is the single most important work of Chinese art to ever come on the market. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity--”

“It’s going to look so good in the rotunda!” Valerie couldn’t help blurting out. “We’re going to hang it so that the whole painting is panoramic, and I’m having the walls on the first and second floors repainted to exactly match the colors. I love those turquoise tones . . .”

Corinna ignored Valerie’s chatter and continued. “Aside from the artwork itself, the value of owning it will be incalculable. Think how much it will raise your profile--your family’s profile--once it’s known that you acquired it. You will have beat out the top collectors in the world. I’m told that representatives for the Bins, the Wangs, and the Kuoks are bidding. And the Huangs just flew in from Taipei--interesting timing, isn’t it? I also have it on good authority that Colin and Araminta Khoo sent a special team of curators from the National Palace Museum in Taipei to examine the piece last week.”

“Ooh--Araminta Khoo. She’s so beautiful and chic! I couldn’t stop reading about that incredible wedding of hers. Do you know her?” Valerie asked.

“I was at the wedding,” Corinna said simply.

Valerie shook her head in wonder. She tried to imagine the middle-aged, mousy-looking Corinna, who always wore the same three Giorgio Armani pantsuits, at the most glamorous event ever to hit Asia. Some people had all the luck, being born into the right family.

Corinna continued her lecture. “So let me give you the drill. The auction tonight begins at eight sharp, and I have secured us entry to the Christie’s VVIP skybox. That is where you will be throughout the auction. I will be downstairs on the auction room floor, bidding exclusively for you.”

“We won’t be with you?” Valerie was confused.

“No, no. You’ll be in this special lounge where you can look down onto all the action.”

“But won’t it be more exciting to be down on the floor itself?” Valerie pressed on.

Corinna shook her head. “Trust me, you don’t want to be seen on the auction floor. The VVIP skybox is where you want to be. That’s where all the top collectors will be, and I know you will enjoy that--”

“Wait a minute,” Lester interrupted. “What’s the point of buying the damn thing then? How will anyone know we made the winning bid?”

“First of all, you will be seen by everyone at the VVIP skybox, so people will already suspect, and first thing tomorrow, I will have one of my sources at the South China Morning Post issue an unconfirmed report that Mr. and Mrs. Lester Liu of the Harmony Insurance family acquired the painting. Trust me, that’s the classy way to do it. You want people to speculate. You want to be that unconfirmed report.”

“Ooh, you’re so brilliant, Corinna!” Valerie squealed in excitement.

“But if it’s ‘unconfirmed,’ how will people know?” Lester was still confused.

“Hiyah, slow tortoise, everyone will see the painting when we throw our housewarming party next month,” Valerie chastised her husband, smacking him on the knee. “They will confirm it with their own envious eyes!”



The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, situated right on the harbor in Wan Chai, boasted overlapping curved roofs that resembled a gigantic manta ray gliding through the water. That same evening, a parade of starlets, boldface-name socialites, low-level billionaires, and the sort of people Corinna Ko-Tung deemed to be inconsequential paraded through the Grand Hall, vying for the most visible seats at the auction of the century, while the back of the room was packed to the rafters with the international press and onlookers. Upstairs in the plush VVIP skybox, Valerie and Lester were in seventh heaven as they rubbed elbows with the serious-money crowd over Laurent-Perrier champagne and canapes prepared by Cafe Gray.

When at last the auctioneer stepped up to the polished wood podium, the lights in the hall began to dim. A massive gold latticework screen ran along the wall facing the stage, and at the appointed moment, the screen began to part, revealing the hanging scrolls in all their glory. Brilliantly enhanced by the state-of-the-art lighting system, they almost appeared to glow from within. The crowd gasped, and when the lights came up again, the auctioneer promptly began the session without any fuss: “An exceedingly rare set of twenty-four hanging scrolls from the Qing dynasty, ink and color on silk, depicting the Palace of Eighteen Perfections, by Yuan Jiang. Inscribed by the artist, and dated 1693. Shall we have an opening bid of--one million?”

Valerie could feel the adrenaline coursing through her veins as she saw Corinna raise her blue-numbered paddle to volley the first bid. A flurry of paddles began popping up around the room, and the price began its stratospheric climb. Five million. Ten million. Twelve million. Fifteen million. Twenty million. Within a matter of minutes, the bid was at forty million. Lester leaned forward in his chair, analyzing the action on the auction-room floor like some complex chess match, and Valerie clawed her nails into his shoulder repeatedly in high anticipation.

When the bidding hit sixty million, Lester’s phone rang. It was Corinna sounding frantic. “Suey doh sei,2 it’s going up too fast! We’re going to pass your seventy-five-million limit in no time. Do you want to keep bidding?”

Lester breathed in deeply. Any expenditure over fifty million would surely be noticed by his father’s bean counters, and there would be some explaining to do. “Keep going till I stop you,” he ordered.

Valerie’s head was spinning in excitement. They were so close. Imagine, soon she would own something that even Araminta Khoo coveted! At eighty million, the bidding finally slowed down. No more paddles in the room were raised with the exception of Corinna’s, and it seemed like there were only two or three telephone buyers remaining to bid against the Lius. The price was going up only in increments of half a million, and Lester closed his eyes, praying he would get it for under ninety million. It was worth it. It was worth the scolding he would get from his father. He would make his plea that he had bought the family a billion dollars’ worth of good publicity.

Suddenly there came a commotion from the back of the auction room. Murmurs could be heard as the standing-room-only crowd began to give way. Even in a room packed with celebrities dressed to the nines, a hush came over the space as a strikingly attractive Chinese woman with jet-black hair, powdered white skin, and crimson lips, dramatically dressed in a black velvet off-the-shoulder gown, emerged from the crowd. Flanked by two snow-white Russian wolfhounds on long diamond leashes, the lady began to walk slowly up the central aisle as every head swiveled toward the sensational sight.

Clearing his throat discreetly into the mic, the auctioneer tried to regain the attention of the room. “I have eighty-five point five million, who will say eighty-six?”

1 Oliver T’sien--one of Christie’s most highly valued deputy chairmen--has long-standing relationships with many of the world’s top collectors. (Being related to practically every important family in Asia didn’t hurt.)

2 Cantonese for “So rotten I could die!”

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JB
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Kevin Kwan needs to get out of his own way
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
China Rich Girlfriend is the worst. I read Crazy Rich Asians because I saw the poster for the movie , and yes, I''m one of those snobs who generally believe that the book is always better than the movie. This was one situation where, as I read, I could see that... See more
China Rich Girlfriend is the worst.
I read Crazy Rich Asians because I saw the poster for the movie , and yes, I''m one of those snobs who generally believe that the book is always better than the movie.
This was one situation where, as I read, I could see that here was a good idea which could be made great with the right team of screen writers and casting directors.
China Rich Girlfriend takes what was horrible about Crazy Rich Asians and amps it up, with the effect of drowning out what was good about the first book.
The use of footnotes in the first book was convenient, more like subtitles which allowed the characters to break into their native tongues quite naturally. By the time we get to China Rich, Kevin Kwan uses them as running commentary on the characters and situations. Like watching a movie with that friend who has strong opinions on everything and keeps chattering away as you''re trying to immerse yourself in the experience.
Also, I''m sure by this time, we get it. The characters are rich. The book degenerates into pages and pages of describing bathrooms and jets and handbags and shoes and cars... I think there is only about 25% of story buried in 75% explanation about how Astrid''s style is deceptively simple. How charming! Bracelets from 650 BC and a dress from Zara! How does she do it! But wait! Michael''s Ferrari!
I''m giving it 2 stars because despite the atrocious writing, one dimensional characters etc. I''m still going to buy the 3rd book.
Sigh.
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I absolutely loved this book and of course must start by saying ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2017
I absolutely loved this book and of course must start by saying that you really need to read "Crazy Rich Asians" (Book One) before you even pick this up because some of the more subtle story lines will fall flat without that back drop. Above everything else, what... See more
I absolutely loved this book and of course must start by saying that you really need to read "Crazy Rich Asians" (Book One) before you even pick this up because some of the more subtle story lines will fall flat without that back drop. Above everything else, what I appreciated the most was that this mini series actually provided resolution to the most important stories.

There were some characters from the first book who fizzled away without explanation, and a couple of twists that seemed to come out of left field, but none of that changed the fact that I devoured this 400+ page book and enjoyed every minute of it.
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Richard C. Reynolds
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A big disappointment
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2016
Author Kevin Kwan returns with characters from his earlier novel, Crazy Rich Asians: Nicholas Young and Rachel Chu who are about to get married, Nick’s cousin Astrid Leong, and Hong Kong soap opera star Kitty Pong who is now married to billionaire Bernard Tai. The... See more
Author Kevin Kwan returns with characters from his earlier novel, Crazy Rich Asians: Nicholas Young and Rachel Chu who are about to get married, Nick’s cousin Astrid Leong, and Hong Kong soap opera star Kitty Pong who is now married to billionaire Bernard Tai.
The plot has us bouncing around to various locations all over the world, a device which shows us how wealthy everyone is with their own jumbo jets, magnificent mansions, closets full of designer clothes, oodles of expensive jewels, and net worth in the billions of dollars. Kwan devotes plenty of ink to these trappings of wealth but unfortunately skimps on his characters and the story line. It gets rather tiresome after reading page after page of prose that resembles an inventory of valuables for an insurance policy.
A big disappointment after enjoying Kwan’s earlier book.
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Not As Good As The First One
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
This book is like eating a milk shake with whipped cream. It will fill you up but there''s not a lot of substance. It''s just frothy fun but a little boring and not much to it. I''m on to the third book in the trilogy, though. I''m learning so much about this culture...I had... See more
This book is like eating a milk shake with whipped cream. It will fill you up but there''s not a lot of substance. It''s just frothy fun but a little boring and not much to it. I''m on to the third book in the trilogy, though. I''m learning so much about this culture...I had no idea.
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Mike H
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Sorry, I''m not a fashionista.
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2018
I was so impressed to see that a single author had three concurrent best sellers that I ordered all 3 before I read the first one. The insight into the culture was somewhat interesting, but the narrative kept talking about all of the fashions and fashion designers that... See more
I was so impressed to see that a single author had three concurrent best sellers that I ordered all 3 before I read the first one. The insight into the culture was somewhat interesting, but the narrative kept talking about all of the fashions and fashion designers that meant nothing to me. Please - just tell me a good story!
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Even better than the first...
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
I thought this was better than the first of the trilogy (Crazy Rich Asians... which I also loved.) The drama started right away and you were quickly transported into the luxury scene of some of China and Singapore’s most elite families. This is a perfect beach read. Also... See more
I thought this was better than the first of the trilogy (Crazy Rich Asians... which I also loved.) The drama started right away and you were quickly transported into the luxury scene of some of China and Singapore’s most elite families. This is a perfect beach read. Also great any time of the year if you’re just looking for something fun and entertaining. Be sure to read the whole trilogy!
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100% Read this series
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2016
I LOVE this series and cannot wait for the third book to come out. When I read the first book in the series it took me a little while to adjust to the writing style of the author before I started to really love the characters and the plot. The books don''t necessarily have... See more
I LOVE this series and cannot wait for the third book to come out. When I read the first book in the series it took me a little while to adjust to the writing style of the author before I started to really love the characters and the plot. The books don''t necessarily have an ending, it''s more of a continuation and makes you want more. Kwan thoroughly thought out the characters and you can''t help but fall in love with Rachel, Nick, and of course, Astrid (!). The second book was laid out a little differently style-wise than the first but it''s easy to adjust since most of the characters are the same but there are some plot twists and new characters. Overall an awesome read!
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The fun continues!
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
I rated this book based on how engaging and fun to read it was. It''s not my usual deep philosophical tome but having grown up in the Philippines , I did have many Chinese friends and was raised by a beloved Chinese amah. I love their culture and respect for family. This... See more
I rated this book based on how engaging and fun to read it was. It''s not my usual deep philosophical tome but having grown up in the Philippines , I did have many Chinese friends and was raised by a beloved Chinese amah. I love their culture and respect for family. This book shows a very extreme culture within that people who embody the notion that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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Great escapism and very witty :-)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2019
I have to admit, this is not the type of book I would normally pick up. I like varied genres although generally read thrillers / crime fiction. However, I saw the movie of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on a flight recently and found it quite humorous and enjoyable and thought maybe...See more
I have to admit, this is not the type of book I would normally pick up. I like varied genres although generally read thrillers / crime fiction. However, I saw the movie of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on a flight recently and found it quite humorous and enjoyable and thought maybe ‘China Rich Girlfriend’ would be a good book to follow on with the story. I downloaded a sample to see if it was in any way interesting and upon finishing it I instantly downloaded the book to my kindle. The story is great, very engaging and witty from the start and very easy to get into. It’s a wonderful read for a bit of escapism and I loved the characters - they are all so well developed and there are some great bits to give you a giggle throughout the book. The story was an absolute pleasure to read and I’ve now bought book 3 in the series as I’m looking forward to seeing what they all get up to next! If you’re looking for a bit of light-hearted escapism with a good bit of humour - definitely give it a read! :-)
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Recommended if you want to take a crash course in China Rich
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2017
I like this even more than the 1st book, perhaps because I learnt more about Mainland Chinese, as an overseas borne Chinese. I found the expressions hilarious and laughed out loud so many times while reading, although for some the expressions may seemed exaggerating, the...See more
I like this even more than the 1st book, perhaps because I learnt more about Mainland Chinese, as an overseas borne Chinese. I found the expressions hilarious and laughed out loud so many times while reading, although for some the expressions may seemed exaggerating, the image is so true I can just see them happening. Putting out the problems of fu er dai in China and third/fourth generations overseas borne chinese in a funny way don''t make the social problems it is creating go away. Precisely that the "money" concept is so lost on the younger generation, rich or not. The teachings are the same. Younger generation is now borne into an age of abundance, less children, more precious, and automation just makes the next generation lazier and haughtier. A great book that I would recommend for anyone wanting to take a lesson about China chinese behaviour!
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Go Astrid and Go Kitty! Enjoyable.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 26, 2021
This follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians continues the story of Rachel and Nick - but also follows Astrid on a seperate plotline as well as Kitty Pong on yet another. The extravaganza moves to focus on the wealthy elite of China as Rachel meets her long lost family - and...See more
This follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians continues the story of Rachel and Nick - but also follows Astrid on a seperate plotline as well as Kitty Pong on yet another. The extravaganza moves to focus on the wealthy elite of China as Rachel meets her long lost family - and experiences a whole new spin on the rivalries of the rich and famous. I devoured this book a lot faster than the first book, probably because there is no movie (yet) for me to constantly conpare it to. One thing I noticed is that whilst this book retains the abundance of handy footnotes that were a staple of book 1 - they have switched from numbers to symbols in the main text and moved the footnotes from the end of the book to the end of each chapter. (This may just be a publisher difference) I preffered the number system as it was more noticable for me when my eyes were tired. Good book though, an excellent holiday read. (Not that anyone should be going on holiday at the moment.)
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Worth reading for a laugh
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2020
Well if you read my review of the first book in this ''Crazy Rich Asians'' trilogy you will be aware, that it made me laugh enough to want to read the sequels and I have already downloaded the entire trilogy to My Kindle. A continuation of the stories of the atrociously...See more
Well if you read my review of the first book in this ''Crazy Rich Asians'' trilogy you will be aware, that it made me laugh enough to want to read the sequels and I have already downloaded the entire trilogy to My Kindle. A continuation of the stories of the atrociously behaved Chinese families that we were introduced to in the first volume. Did not find this quite as engaging as there was less character portrayal and much more food and fashionista detail. The latter I am not really interested in, although at times the food descriptions were mouth watering. Overall extraordinary descriptions of the extreme wealth of ''Crazy Rich Asians'' with not much of a plot to hold it together. Just worth reading for a laugh.
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Very pleased with this one
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 20, 2019
Utterly pleased with this second installation in the crazy rich, fickle and idiotic people series. Once you get used to the ludicrously lavish and indulgent world the characters live in from the first book, it''s so much easier to see and enjoy their lives as almost normal....See more
Utterly pleased with this second installation in the crazy rich, fickle and idiotic people series. Once you get used to the ludicrously lavish and indulgent world the characters live in from the first book, it''s so much easier to see and enjoy their lives as almost normal. Almost. There are still some things nobody can excuse. I particularly loved the way the older generation scrimped on basic things like hotel bottled water yet spurlged out on the most ridiculous luxuries. And yes, I will be buying the next book. I need to see how things pan out for quite a few of the characters.
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