I’m a little late to the party, as last summer I feel like I saw people reading this series everywhere, but after finishing War and Peace I thought it was time for some book candy.
I listened to Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems while on our England trip and after we got back. They were perfect for an early summer read, as they’re light and entertaining.
The books follow a large cast of colorful characters in a tight-knit society of ultra-rich Asian families as they live their lives of incredible luxury, flying to and fro on private jets, going on million-dollar shopping sprees, and eating delicious-sounding food. There are a lot of descriptions of the food, so I advise against reading while hungry.
The characters are entertaining, and Kwan does a great job of detailing incredible luxury while reminding us that these characters are still human, and while a multi-billionaire might be able to buy their way out of many problems, there are things that money cannot solve. When everyone you socialize with is a billionaire, what sets you apart?
Also hilarious: the ways some of the characters try to economize: one character spending millions on jewelry and art and clips coupons at the grocery store. Another spends a fortune on a weekend getaway but hoards hotel shampoo and soap. Details like these made the characters come alive, and I enjoyed these on Audible.
★ ★ ★