Remember way back in the summer of 2013 when I reviewed Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and loved it? Well, Kwan is back with China Rich Girlfriend and it is just as rich and crazy as ever. It’s the perfect summer read – smart, funny and not too heavy.
Even though China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, don’t worry if you haven’t read the first one, you’ll still get enjoyment out of the second. But it kind of begs the question, why haven’t you read the first one yet?
Kwans books give us a humorous look into the soap opera lives of the ultra-rich in Asia. And I’m talking about the kind of rich we can’t even imagine. But in spite of the apparent fluff that fills his books, Kwan sprinkles in equal part social commentary. These books are the smart person’s fluff. And of course, everything is littered with (snarky) footnotes, and I love footnotes!
Who would like this book? Reading Kwan’s books is like watching TV – something smart like House of Cards mixed with something funny like Parks and Rec. It’s not high literature, but Kwan is damn good at bringing crazy, larger than life characters to the page.
I’d like to thank my friends at Penguin RandomHouse Canada for sending me a copy of this book.
Quick and fun read but not nearly as enjoyable as CRA to me.
These books really do sound like the perfect mix of smart and light for good summer reading 🙂
If you haven’t read them, I’d say go for it.
Wasn’t it marvelous?! I absolutely loved it and CRA. They’re two of the few ARCs I keep so I can pick them up when I need great escape reading.
I think it’s because I’ve never read anything else like them before and it’s a lifestyle that’s so alien to me. Who isn’t interested in the super rich?
I’ve been waffling on this one. I really liked CRA but when I was done I didn’t really feel like I needed more of that world right away. I’m thinking I’ll wait for this one until it’s out in paperback — maybe just in time for summer reading in 2016 🙂
Yeah, I can see that reading them back to back could be a little much. Two years apart was good though.