“…six of China’s biggest weapons of mass consumption were in town.”
-Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend
Did you think the drama ended with Crazy Rich Asians? If so, then, surprise! Because I am back with my thoughts and feelings for the sequel of Kevin Kwan‘s international bestselling books and to put it mildly: it’s filled with as much family drama and intrigue as before!
Although I found the story line of China Rich Girlfriend a little slower compared to the first book, it was still a light and easy read and I enjoyed every second of it. This book focused heavily on the family aspect rather than the crazy rich people all over Asia. There were less rumors and catty fights but more facts in regards to family matters and social standings (which let’s be real, is what the people in these books are all about).
Have I mentioned that it’s an incredibly funny book? No? Well it is! It’s filled with humor, witty characters, and much absurdity that it becomes funny. Think Gossip Girl but with Asian characters and culture.
It’s definitely an entertaining read!
*Please note that when I write a book synopsis, I write it how I would describe or sell the book to my friends. So if I reveal anything spoil-y or miss out some good points, then I apologize in advance.*
Two years have passed since the disastrous meet-the-parents and traumatic trip to Singapore. Rachel gets to marry Nick in a lovely villa in California now. All was perfect until Eleanor Young decided to crash (how dare they not invite her, right?!) the wedding and literally park a helicopter in the middle of the ceremony. If that doesn’t spell out drama, I don’t know what will. But let’s face it, Eleanor is an award-winning drama queen and she wouldn’t just let her son throw away his possible inheritance (which is probably the entire Singapore) just to get hitched to this American-born Chinese.
But Eleanor wouldn’t be Eleanor if she weren’t full of surprises because she now approves of Nick and Rachel’s nuptials!
We find out the reasons why in this sequel. We also get to meet new characters belonging in crazy rich families all over Asia. But mainly, we stay in China this time around.
I loved this book even if it wasn’t entirely up to par with the first novel. It was definitely more serious as we deal with real family problems and not just the petty silliness from before.
I’m still not sold on Rachel and Nick as our main characters. They bore me sometimes. They’re the kind of characters that just make you notice the side characters more because they are predictable, naive, and absolutely good people! Hahaha.
I totally love Astrid and her story. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but we follow multiple perspectives in these books. She may sound too perfect at times and I don’t believe for one second that someone like her exists, but her attitude is awesome! As is her past and present story. I’m looking forward to reading more about her.
We get to meet Carlton in this book too. I’m not gonna say who he is (even if you get to find out at the end of Prologue!), but his character surprised me in a good way. I was expecting something different from him but Kevin Kwan totally made the great decision by writing Carlton off as a character we’d never deem as cliche.
The footnotes are hilarious, by the way! I know some readers don’t think that novels should have footnotes that contain a separate story and you’d somehow miss some important facts if you don’t read them. So if you’re one of those readers, fear not, because even if you decide to skip the footnotes (terrible mistake, I tell you!) you wouldn’t miss anything from the story. They will, however, expand your understanding to what the characters are talking about. Also, they showcase the author’s amazing humor. Most of the time, these footnotes are the ones that elicit a genuine laugh from me. So please read them!
Lastly, let me just tell you how glad I am of the absence of Eleanor and her old lady friends! I really don’t appreciate their characters and I find them offensive at times. I don’t like the way they treat their children, other people, and sometimes even each other. They appeared in the Prologue but after that, I don’t think they were anywhere else in the book. If they were, it was just in passing. And I am grateful. They were utterly tiring to read from in the first novel.
Book Rating : 4 stars