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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. 
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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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text 2018-07-31 16:02
Monthly Run Down - July 2018
Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life - Bill Engvall,Alan Eisenstock
Kevin Kwan A Novel Crazy Rich Asians (Paperback) - Common - by Kevin Kwan
Harry Potter: The Prequel - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
When It's Real - Erin Watt
Killman Creek - Rachel Caine
Improper English - Katie MacAlister

 



Books I Read:

 

Crazy Rich Asians - 3.5 Stars - The first half bordered on boring but the second half made it worth the wait.

 

Harry Potter: The Prequel - 3 Stars - Super short and did not add or take anything away from the series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - 4 Stars - This series is really holding up to the test of time. I can see more re-reads in my future as the world still manages to surprise me.

 

When It’s Real  - 4 Stars - I liked watching Oakley and Vaughn’s relationship blossom.  

 

Killman Creek   - 3.5 Stars - Rachel Caine does a great thriller.

 

Improper English  - 3 Stars - Alix and Alex entertained me, made me chuckle and made me want more.

 

Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life  - 4 Stars - Bill is the most “all american” guy there is and he makes it entertaining.




DNF:

 

None for July - Nobody - No explanation



Currently Reading:



Creative Quest - Questlove - a class on creativity I think is an accurate way to describe this

 

Too Late  - Colleen Hoover- Intense





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

 

2018: 57 books

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review 2018-07-16 20:46
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

 
Crazy Rich Asians, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I became aware of the book after seeing the movie trailer.

The Characters:

Nick, Rachel, Aramenta, Colin, Astrid, Parents, Aunties, Uncles, Other Friends and Cousins, A Porn Star and I think some digintaries

Seriously there were several thousand characters in this book. It’s crazy. (see what I did there)

The Story:

This read started out a little slow for me. The part of the book where you are meeting new characters kind of overshadows where the story is going. However once we cross that bridge the book becomes much more interesting. I loved Rachel and Nick, even if I hated Nick’s family and family friends treatment of Rachel. These ladies that used their bible study time as basically gossip and plot time tickle me.

The lavish lives these characters live are amazing and I think I would quite enjoy the next story in the series.

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3.5 Stars

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review 2018-03-07 23:57
[REVIEW] Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

It’s a fun book to read. I loved many of the characters and hated others. It was definitely over the top in so many things but that is half the fun. That family tree is a lifesaver.

It ends on a cliffhanger and I want to keep reading but I also kinda don’t? I care but I’m not that invested. I’d rather just read the summary somewhere or maybe read the rest of the series, eventually.

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