It is not every day I fall in love with a romance novel but that is exactly what happened from the moment I started reading Crazy Rich Asians. I had seen the film, watched many interviews about the film and the story so I wasn’t expecting to be so enthralled with the writing of Kevin Kwan.
The story follows Rachel Chu who finds out her boyfriend Nicholas Young whom she shares a life within New York is a rich aristocrat in Singapore when she visits his family for the first time.
Through the novel, you get an insight into a very interesting elite world of how the other half lives. You get an insight into a completely different world with fascinating characters, some of whom are not fully developed in the film but completely executed within the book.
Kwan describes every inch of the different buildings, markets and private jets with so much detail adding to the richness of the story.
If you have watched the film, you get a lot more character development in the book. While reading the book, Astrid’s character is opened up and her story is developed more in the book than in the film. You also get a different perspective on the characters than you do in the film. There is a little touch on Mental Health which is done rather warmly and adds to the depth of characters relationships which isn’t really mentioned during the film.
I could not put this book down, even though I knew the story I wanted to spend the entire day just lost in this incredibly insane world to find out how it all worked out for Nicholas and Rachel.
Crazy Rich Asians is the first book in the trilogy and the moment I finished it, I knew it would be a trilogy I need to finish.