Crazy Rich Asians is a funny, voyeuristic look at the lives of a group of extremely rich families in Singapore. Concerned with their status, appearances, and possessions, the news that one of their own is marrying Rachel, an American of modest background, causes an uproar. Rachel herself is thrown into the fray with no warning or inkling that her fiance, Nick, came from such wealth.
From learning that the new people in her life are crazy rich, to realizing that they can also just be kind of crazy, Rachel fights for footing in a world of people who are determined to break up her engagement--and who are used to getting what they want.
This is less a romance than a "wealthy people behaving badly" story, and the excesses never fail to shock and amuse. Crazy Rich Asians is the first in a trilogy and is being adapted for film.
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When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.