Crazy Rich Asians is a charming romance novel about young lovers. Rachel Chu falls for the dashing young Nick Young who unbeknownst to her, comes from a super wealthy, heavily influential family in Singapore. When these completely smitten love birds visit Nick’s family in Asia for his best friend Colin Khoo’s wedding, Rachel must learn to survive in a world of excessive decadence and vicious snobbery.

The story is a very carbon copied take on the whole star crossed lovers routine. Rachel and Nick fall in love despite coming from two opposing social classes. It’s an age-old premise that precedes even the unsurpassing Romeo and Juliet and we can’t help falling for it every time.

The story-telling is undeniably seamless. I loved the picture of excess that Kwan drew when he spoke of manicured gardens, gowns of iridescent silk and silver-leaf latticework.

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