I purchased Crazy Rich Asians earlier this year after listening to Joe Zee’s (formerly of Elle and Yahoo Style) now defunct podcast. Joe raved about the book before chatting with author Kevin Kwan; detailing how he read the book during his commute and sat down on a bench outside his office only to blow through the majority of the pages in what seemed like five minutes. It was actually lunch time when Joe pulled himself out of the book to report to work.
With the release of the movie last week, I knew I wanted to watch it; however I knew I wanted to absorb the book first. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the built environment. When I see the movie, I look forward to paying attention to the set design and how it represents the designs as detailed in the book.
The story has a lot of characters to keep up with, but there is a family tree included. The character count and the foreign terms (endnotes at the end of each chapter were tough to reconcile on an iPad) were the challenges in reading the book. The challenges were well worth the payoff! I purchased the second and third books of the trilogy.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan