Review: China Rich Girlfriend

Title: China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) 22674105

Author: Kevin Kwan

Rating: ★★★

Provided Synopsis: On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined.

Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband.

A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.

Review: When a long lost father appears, the crazy comes with him.

Before she is to walk down the aisle with Nicolas Young, Rachel Chu is determined to find her birth father. When he appears in her life, and invites his daughter to spend time with him and his family in China, she is all too willing to accept the opportunity. But the billionaires she encounters in Shanghai and Hong Kong are quite similar to those she had already encountered in Singapore, which means the ride can only get crazy from here.

Like before, I found these characters to be comparable to whirlwinds. Everything about their lives is so outrageously extravagant that it is a spectacle to read about. The fashion! The shoes! The food! The social clubs and exclusions! The private planes! The houses! To read this book is to be sucked into this exclusive world and culture that is almost impossible to believe exists. In many ways, I consider the extravagance to be a character of its own.

As for the other characters in the story: as much as I enjoyed them in their previous adventure, I can not help but feel that Rachel and Nick received the most scattered storyline, especially in regards to the end (because really?!). I suppose you could say that I wanted something more concrete for them to follow, and for there to be some sort of stakes involved in their time spent in China rather than a meandering through the opulence. While Crazy Rich Asians always felt as if the author had a hold on the drama to ensure it not be too outlandish, this book dived into the realm of implausibility often with Rachel and Nick. Conversely, my favorite characters in China Rich Girlfriend were Kitty Pong and Astrid Teo, because their storylines intrigued me much more and were grounded in reality compared to Rachel and Nick’s experiences. The inter-relationships between all these characters and the lengths they will travel to secure status fascinate me, enough so that I might even dare to say that I missed having Eleanor Young around…

Two years have passed since we were first introduced to Rachel and Nick, and while some things have changed there is also much that remains the same. I think readers who enjoyed the first book will be fans of this story as well. I hope there is a third book because I need more Kitty and Astrid, please!




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