Rich People Problems

Rich People Problems

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"[A] novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2017
ISBN: 9780385542234
0385542232
9780385689380
0385689381
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kwan, Kevin
Characteristics: 397 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

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ambdizzle
Jun 04, 2019

Entertaining read. The ending was satisfying. I liked where everyone ended up.

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Liselara
Jun 03, 2019

When I picked this up at the library, I had no idea what this was: A book, certainly, but a novel? I was scratching my head trying to figure this thing out: no plot, about 100 characters (the author was kind enough to provide a family tree but even that was too much to read), and no real chapters, just sections containing anything from a bunch of text messages, to articles, and vignettes. Footnotes are something I despise although I will agree that in some education presses, you don't have a choice. In a "story", it's just laziness demonstrating that the author doesn't even know how to work these things into his own manuscript.

When I finally looked it up on the public library online, it said it was the third book in a triology starting with Crazy Rich Asians. Was that one written in the same style? Perhaps this is the way Asian authors write successful books?

I found nothing in common with any of the characters and I wasn't sure if this was comedy, satire, slapstick or drama but whatever it is, I didn't find it cohesive enough to want to read another one. Clearly Kwan can write because I did indeed finish it and I don't mind when authors stray from mainstream - that's creative license - but clearly I need to see that first movie.

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IAmAbby
Apr 06, 2019

I think Kalliste would probably be listening to Kpop instead of Shawn Mendes. :)

JCLHeatherM Mar 23, 2019

Rachel's misadventures with the Young and Leong family continue in the final part of the 'Crazy Rich Asians' series. Featuring beloved characters, crazy villains, and more scandal and intrigue, book three serves as a coda to a frothy examination of the elitist of elite.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 14, 2019

Crazy fun soap opera. Nothing deep, just good fun!

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darladoodles
Mar 06, 2019

Kwan's series is a times tongue-in-cheek and yet also an ode to Asian culture. All of our favorites are back: Nick & Rachel, Astrid & Charlie, Oliver, Peik Lin and more. . . Ah Ma is dying of congestive heart failure and the relatives converge upon Tyersall Park to say good-bye and wait for the will to be read. There are many twists and turns in the story and a beautiful wedding at the end -- with Ed Sheerhan singing for the entrance of the bride (or Ed Saranwrap according to one Asian mama). I thoroughly enjoyed. 1/2 star deducted for a few overly detailed passages that I did not properly appreciate. My apologies to the author. Overall, I highly recommend the series and the movie!

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AnneCarolineDrake
Feb 28, 2019

A disappointing dud concludes the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I skipped about 1/3 of the book but wanted to find out who got Tyersall Park.

mazinwhistler Jan 03, 2019

The final book in the series of Crazy Rich Asians - brings the stories all together but still leaves you still wanting more! :-)

JCLStefanieE Nov 16, 2018

Another guilty page-turning delight! The conclusion to the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy sets the couple on a mysterious journey into Grandma Shang Su Yi's past. Some great Singaporean war history laced with all the craziness readers have fallen for makes this a must for fans of romantic comedies with a bit of brains to them - a Clever Candy read.

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EJBrant
Aug 04, 2018

A sheer joy to read. Have read the whole series. Do hope these is more for these interesting characters.

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SPL_Shauna Aug 06, 2017

If you have a beach trip planned, but you’re feeling a bit trepidatious about taking your Twitter feed, a newspaper, or magazine for light reading material in case your sunny glow is invaded by terrible news, don’t despair. For readers who’ve loved Danielle Steel for her glamour, or the Shopaholic series for the sheer fun of spending a couple hundred pages rolling in brand names, there’s a relatively new author you’re going to want to try: Kevin Kwan.

With the publication of Rich People Problems, his Crazy Rich Asians series is now three snarky, sparkly, sumptuously jetset books long. Though this is the third in the series, I'm happy to report the books stand alone beautifully; if you doubt you'll ever read Crazy Rich Asians or China Rich Girlfriend, go ahead and dive straight into this one. Like a lot of romance series, reading them out of order won’t ruin things so much as drive you to get caught up on gossip you missed in the last one.

Rich People Problems follows a multi-branched family in Singapore, whose failing matriarch is slated to leave behind an estate worth billions. Various family members are dragged through screamingly funny indignities - and some actual drama - in the race to capture Tyersall Park. Through it all, the prose is sumptuously, snarkily slathered with all the biggest brand names and designers, most glamorous hotels, and all the most ridiculous trappings of the lives of the super-rich. Honestly, this is the most literary fun you can have in hardcover. Grab a cold glass of pinot, put your feet up on your lounge chair, dig in, and indulge your schadenfreude. You won’t even wonder what bad news you’re missing.

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