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review 2018-10-01 20:38
China Rich Girlfriend
China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

  Crazy Rich Asians, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

The cast of this book is legion, just like the last one. Though we do spend time with Rachel and Nick, Astrid, Michael and Colin, Charlie Wu and newcomers Carlton and Colette.

The Story:

I’m not sure we can even classify this as a book. It more like a mini epic. All the characters, multiple plots and

Writing: Excellent. With so many characters and stories I never once felt lost.
Forward Motion: Great.
Overall Interest: Very good.
Length of Reading Time: Not too bad.
Re-read-ability: Probably not.

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The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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text 2018-10-01 16:55
Monthly Run Down - September 2018
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe
Sexsomnia - Sleepless in Manhattan - Anya Omah
The Monster: A Story of NeverNeath - Dar... The Monster: A Story of NeverNeath - Darynda Jones
Immortal Nights - Lynsay Sands
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story - Melissa de la Cruz,Cassandra Campbell
China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel - Kevin Kwan
Lies: The Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Take Your Breath Away - T.M. Logan

 

 

Books I Read:

 

This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - 4 Stars - Interesting

 

Sexsomnia: Sleepless in Manhattan - 2.5 Stars - It had its moments.

 

The Monster: A Story of Neverneath - 4 Stars - I can’t wait for the next part to be published.

 

Immortal Nights - 4 Stars - It was so good to visit with the Argeneaus again.

 

Alex and Eliza - 4 Stars - Greatly enjoyed

 

China Rich Girlfriend - 4 Stars - Wow






DNF:

 

Lies - T.M. Logan - Lots of buildup but took too long to deliver. I lost interest.



Currently Reading:



Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly

 

The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Finishing up the trilogy




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

 

2018: 76 books

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review 2018-09-20 21:46
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

Ah, the lives of the obscenely rich and famous! The wealth described in this book was sure to make even the most content of us wonder what it would be like to be THAT stupidly rich and never have to worry about losing sleep over an unpaid bill. Or maybe it was just me, ha! I really liked Rachel and Astrid, both came across as strong, rational women so I was rooting for them all the way. Okay, Astrid may have been a little naive about somethings but I still liked the light she was painted in. Nick on the other hand...soooooooooo naive! I wanted to reach into the pages and shake him every single time he said money didn't matter. If he had lived a sheltered life, it would have made sense but he lived and worked in NY as a professor, so he must have understood that yatch and jet owning would make a difference to someone who's mum put herself through night school to become an estate agent. I mean, really!? Anyway, overall I really enjoyed this crazy, crazy story of excess and drama. The footnotes annoyed the hell out of me at first, but then I got used to ignoring them, most of the time. I didn't realise this was part of a series so I was a little surprised at the almost abrupt ending but I guess this mean I will be tucking into books 2 and 3 very soon...now time to go watch the movie!

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review 2018-08-19 02:52
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
I really wanted to see this movie and decided to read the book first (and of course go see the movie!). So, this is safe to say a book review and a little bit of a movie review too. The rating is strictly for the BOOK.
The book:
Oh my, so many characters so much going on. It is not just about Nick and Rachel. Rachel's best friend Peik Lin. It's also about Astrid and her husband Michael. Astrid making a connection with someone from her past (Charlie). I thought there was just too much going on. Too many characters to keep track of. I wish the story has just focused on Nick and Rachel. Rachel's family history is also a lot more complicated.****more in the page break
It's an interesting look at location, wealth, culture. 
The movie:
I loved this and will be owning it when it is available to own. 
The movie did focus on Nick and Rachel, breaking down their trip to a period of a week or so as opposed to a whole summer. I just thought it flowed better. The HEA was also very clear. 
Ripped Bodice Bingo: Book That Is Now a Movie
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review 2018-08-10 19:20
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - My Thoughts
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

What a fun read!  Lots of buzz about the movie and then the book went on sale, so how could I resist, even though it's not my usual fare. 

I will admit that I spent a lot of my reading time with a recurring thought of "Really?  Is this for real?" going on in my mind because the book seemed to me that it might be reinforcing stereotypes of Asians. But I haven't seen any kind of kickback about it or the movie online and with some of the people I follow, believe me, there'd have been outcry.  

Also, it was funny, but some of the scenes and characterisations harkened back to James Clavell's Noble House (which I also thoroughly enjoyed when I read it years and years ago.), mostly those having to do with family heirarchy, the clubs and businesses etc...  It was really weird because Clavell is one of the last authors you'd think of when reading a rom-com, right? 

Anyway, the characters were fun and seemed very real, despite the over the top setting.  I especially loved Astrid, the hero's cousin.  She was deliciously over the top yet very vulnerable when you got beneath the surface.  I also liked Rachel, the heroine's, friend Piek Lin a whole lot too.  Indeed her whole family! 

My only problem with the book, really, was that it seemed to end so abruptly.  I even checked to make sure I wasn't missing a chapter or an epilogue or something.  It doesn't end badly at all, it just felt sudden and quick. 

And the story's not done!  (It IS a trilogy. *LOL*)  So I'll be looking to pick up book 2 and looking forward to watching the movie whenever it hits Netflix or The Movie Network or whichever.  (I don't do theatres anymore).

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