"When Kevin Kwan's "Crazy Rich Asians" has a mother in Singapore telling her girls to finish everything on their plates because 'there are children starving in America, ' it's O.K. to get the joke. There's no need to dwell on what it really means. "Crazy Rich Asians" is this summer's 'Bergdorf Blondes, ' over-the-top funny and a novelty to boot. Mr. Kwan delivers nonstop hoots about a whole new breed of rich, vulgar, brand-name-dropping conspicuous consumers, with its own delicacies, curses, vices, stereotypes ('I hope she's not one of those Taiwanese tornadoes!') and acronyms. According to Mr. Kwan, this crowd uses U.B.C., as the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is known, to mean 'University of a Billion Chinese.' How rich and vulgar are the Anglophile Asians of this debut novel? Rich enough to throw a diamond of more than 30 carats into a snowdrift and not look for it. So vulgar that a Cirque du Soleil troupe has to show up to convey that things have gotten crass. So steeped in wretched excess that one man boasts about the precise temperature his climate-controlled shoe closet should be."
--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times
"Deliciously decadent . . . Rachel, an American-born Chinese (ABC), has no idea what to expect when she visits Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick's multibillionaire family. There, she discovers mind-blowing opulence--"next" season's couture, palatial properties, million-dollar shopping sprees--and the over-the-top bad behavior that comes with it . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun."
--Stephan Lee, "Entertainment Weekly "
"There's rich, there's filthy rich, and then there's crazy rich . . . A "Pride and Prejudice"-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family, the book hilariously skewers imperial splendor and the conniving antics of the Asians jet set."
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