Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan Book Review
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Publication date May 23, 2017
When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises.
As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell-bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship.
Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dance floor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan Book Review
I totally meant to have this review ready 2 weeks ago when Rich People Problems was published, but you know what? I wasn’t finished reading it. I’ve found that when I am Really Into a book, it takes me a while to finish it. I feel like that’s opposite of a lot of my reading friends. The thing is, if I’m Really Into a book, then I want to savor it, stay in the story & make it last. That’s exactly what happened with Kevin Kwan’s third installment of his Crazy Rich Asians series.
Do I Need To Read the Crazy Rich Asian Series? – YES!
If you haven’t read the first 2 books, I think you need to. Sure, you will understand the story, you can get caught up, but Really you’re missing a hell of a lot of fun. I read (or listened to) Crazy Rich Asians & China Rich Girlfriend via audiobook & I LOVED them both. My daughter was saying, “Rachel-lah” for weeks after. This time I around, I opted for the ARC written copy & I missed my narration. If you’re into Audiobooks, these are fantastic. Okay, back to Rich People Problems.
Dream Vacation – Tyersall Park With The Gang
I’m so happy to be back with the gang; Eddie, Nicky, Rachel, Araminta, Kitty Pong & more. I’m in dire need of a month-long getaway at Tyersall Park & I could definitely go for a Parisian shopping spree right about now. I loved that my main man, Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model & famous photo was featured in Rich People Problems. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but Kevin wrapped this storyline up perfectly & left the door open for book four.
I am Really Into This book! I just love the Crazy Rich Asian series! You are sure to see Rich People Problems everywhere this summer; it’s hilarious, entertaining & heartfelt. I fell in love with these characters years ago & I’m so happy Kevin brought them back to life. Don’t forget; there is a Crazy Rich Asians movie headed your way soon & I can’t wait!
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Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore, where he attended Anglo-Chinese School in the mornings and spent his afternoons either hiding from his Chinese tutor or chasing after neighborhood dogs on his bike. When he was eleven, he moved to the United States, where the next few years were a blur of trying to survive high school, reading too much F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joan Didion, and dreaming of living in New York.
After obtaining his first degree in creative writing from the University of Houston, Kevin moved to Manhattan to pursue a BFA at Parsons School of Design. Kevin’s early years in the city were spent working for Martha Stewart Living, Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, and M&Co, the legendary design firm founded by Tibor Kalman.
In 2000, Kevin established his own creative studio, where he specialized in producing high profile visual projects for clients such as the New York Times, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockwell Group, and TED.com. Many unforgettable experiences followed, like creating the ultimate publishing tribute to Oprah Winfrey’s groundbreaking television show, handling Elizabeth Taylor’s fabled jewel collection while producing Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, and serving as the visual consultant for the re-launch of the TED website, which exceeded a billion views in November 2012.
Throughout all this, Kevin always remained passionate about books. As he became sought after as a visual consultant by acclaimed authors like Michael Korda, Gore Vidal, and Larry McMurtry, Kevin was inspired to return to his first love—writing. His critically-acclaimed debut novel Crazy Rich Asians became an international bestseller in 2013 and is now being made into a major motion picture by director Jon M. Chu and Warner Brothers Studios. Its sequel China Rich Girlfriend also became a smash hit around the world, and the final book in the trilogy, Rich People Problems, was released in May 2017.
Kevin still resides in Manhattan, eats too much pasta, and these days dreams of living in Italy.