'Crazy Rich Asians' - Kevin Kwan
I haven't read a full length fiction novel is about...a good six months. Don't get me wrong, I love to read. But when you read so much textbook in college, it really puts you off reading for pleasure. At least, it does for me. But I was at Detroit Airport with a six hour layer over and I thought, why not.
But that wasn't the only thing that compelled me to read this book. There were actually several factors.
- The author's name was Kevin Kwan -- and that's my cousin's name. I know that's such a lame factor but I thought it was hilarious.
- The title, Crazy Rich Asians, really piqued my interest. It is such a straightforward title that leaves very little to the imagination, but also leaves a whole mob of questions in your head.
- The book is set in NYC and Singapore. My roommate from last year was from Singapore, and I was curious as to what her life consisted of. Obviously it's fiction, but it was interesting to see what was played out.
So then I read it. It was 500+ pages but I never had so much fun reading a book. It was filled with funny moments, real moments, and moments where you definitely wish you were just as rich.
Anyway, onto the review.
I suck at English, so for me, this book was written very well. I saw no grammatical mistakes, and loved the way the words just flowed off the paper and built an image.
The novel didn't have too much dialogue, but it also didn't have too much descriptor paragraphs. There was always just enough for you to image people talking and where they were.
What I would say was great but also terrible about the book was this: too many characters to keep track of. Throughout the book, I lost track of the amounts of characters in the book, how they were related to the other characters, and what part they played in the life of the main characters, Nick and Rachael. There is a family tree at the front of the book but I didn't really pay attention to that. Maybe if you studied it beforehand, the book would make more sense and be easier to follow. However, in the end, all the characters came back a full circle (for the most part).
Each chapter has a different location and character's POV.
In terms of the story line, it was very extensive with a lot of problems in the mix. It was like the author decided to put two or three books into one big book but managed to make it flow so well that you don't notice it.
I don't know what else I have to say about this book other than praise it. This book was a great way to introduce me to the author and back to the world of fiction. I wish every author wrote like him, but then maybe people would get bored if every author wrote the same way.
Anyway, when I finished the book, I got pissed because I realized there was a sequel...I order the sequel two days after I finished this book and I cannot wait to read it and review it. Hopefully this review will be up before I get the book, or at least before I finish the second book. Otherwise, I may just have to save this review for later. Either way, I definitely recommend this book.