Rich People Problems was the perfect end of Crazy Rich Asians series. It was entertaining, gripping, fun, dramatic, and bittersweet fiction. I enjoyed reading this along with Toni.
Rich People Problems(Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan
Publication Date : May 1st 2018
Publisher : Anchor
Genre : Fiction / Contemporary
Pages : 541
Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royale fought through couture gown sabotage and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.
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 finds herself 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 and determined to raise their son more lavishly than a future king, 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 dancefloor 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 was amazing final book in Crazy Rich Asians trilogy that revolved around drama among three generations of three big family branches of one crazy rich asian family over disposition of vast estate now that the matriarch of the family was on deathbed. The story was about family drama, family secrets, inheritance, social acceptance, parental pressure, insecurity, jealousy, friendship, love, and super crazy rich lifestyle.
The writing was great in this. It was totally gripping, vivid, painstakingly detailed (something I should have mentioned in previous books) and this time it was more entertaining. Like previous books, it was multiple third person narrative set in 2015, mostly in Singapore. Plot was best in this last book.
The beginning was jaw-dropping with grandma, Su Yi, having heart attack; turning back Singapore Airlines flight so the family doctor of Young family could treat Su Yi; every relative and all members of three branches of the family arriving at Tyrsall Park; Charlie’s wife-Isabel- humiliating Astrid in front of whole Singapore; and Michael behind the article published online about whole event. When Nick heard about his grandmother he planned to return back to home after 5 yrs of estrangement between him and grandma to ask her forgiveness before it’s too late but Eddie Chang is not going to make it easy for Nick and planned to do everything possible so he only inherits Tyrsall Park.
One thing I knew before starting this book was this was going to include 1. Who would get the Tyersall Park Estate 2. Astrid and Charlie’s romance was not going to be easy and their partners are going create so much trouble for them 3. Rachel getting pregnant or already has kids. I wasn’t wrong with most of the things and yet it was a whirlwind of surprises with some crazy and some horrid dramas that made this 500+ long book a fast read compared to its predecessors.
All characters were amazing and interesting throughout the book. It was really great these characters never lost their charm throughout the series. We see all characters back in this book. They all had good role. Even the smallest character had a little story that wasn’t told before. And it was great to meet new characters.
Astrid really shone through this book. She faced most tough time. I couldn’t believe how many problems Michael caused because of which Astrid’s parents were furious at her throughout the book and I can’t believe all the horrid things he did. I thought I saw bad side of him in second book and it can’t be worst but he was evil. It was truly shocking how low he stooped and still couldn’t see his own faults. I admired Astrid for staying calm and composed throughout all the problems she faced. She was so brave and patient person. It was sad to read she wasn’t unbreakable. Her guilt, regrets, fears were all so realistic and genuine. I could feel her pain and anger and I could understand why she had to take extreme steps in the climax. I was happy to see changes in her after that.
Charlie was perfect. I loved him for showing unconditional love and support to Astrid, never losing hope, being amazing father, and not letting Michael win this time. I didn’t like Eleanor and Astrid parents in this. Those two were the epitome of parental pressure. My feelings for them were exactly like Rachel and Charlie’s. They were unbelievably rigid, narrow-minded, nosy, intervening parents. Even with Astrid and her brother’s explanations on why her parents were like that, I still feel their behavior was too much as most parents let go of their mentality when it comes to their love for their kids, even grandma Su Yi changed, but they didn’t.
Grandma Su Yi stole the show in this book. I was surprised to see change in her and all things revealed about her throughout the story was the best part of the book. All my thoughts about her were changed. I could understand her so well. She was brave, smart, and down-to-earth wonderful woman who did amazing things during WWII in Singapore and yet she never was arrogant about it. she even kept all that to herself not bragging about it and letting people think it was only her husband who did good things during wars. I enjoyed reading about her past and secrets and why she wrote the will that way.
Rachel took a little back sit here. Her most presence was after the death of grandma which was second half of the book. Nick was on the front this time. They both were great in all scenes they appeared and still like previous books they were shadowed by secondary characters. I liked how Nick handled problems he faced after arriving home, his ban to Tyrsall park, facing grandma, being accused of death of grandma, not given place for speech at funeral, taking in the way Tyrsall Park was disposed and what he did after that. He was wise and smart person and it was shocking to see him punch Eddie as i never thought he was a violent person. I liked Rachel for standing up against Eleanor and the way she handled Nick’s family.
Thai Royal relatives – Auntie Catherine and her family were finally present and it was interesting to know them. We see Autie VIctoria more in this. I found her most irritating child of Su Yi. I thought I liked Oliver so far but not in this book. Of course, all Young family were snooty and snob but he wasn’t much different. I could understand his desperation after knowing his financial condition and still I found him selfish, just like the rest of his relatives. My goodness, Colette was back again with the title now! She was total bitch. The rivalry between her and Kitty was most entertaining. I couldn’t believe how much money they spent just to compete with each other but I have to say Kitty turned out much better than I expected in the end. Eddie was most fun to read. This guy wouldn’t be happy and at peace even if he was declared no.1 richest person in the world. My God, all the drama he created and his act of being most caring grandson who was most affected by the death of Su Yi was most hilarious. I couldn’t believe no one could control him until the content of the Will was revealed. I never liked him but I have to say he made the whole series so amusing.
Best part of the book was history of Grandma’s life and Tyrsall Park. Some scenes were insightful and poignant. Like previous books there were other places mentioned (I was surprised seeing India among those places as well); there were exquisite details on couture dresses, brands, artists, jewelry, architecture, food, and lifestyle; and many amazing footnotes.
There was another romance included between Carlton and Sceherazade. I loved Charlie’s proposal, Carlton’s big gesture, and the way Charlie and Astrid were united. Oh, there was wedding which was surprising.
Twist and turns were good. I couldn’t tell what was going to happen next. Climax was tense. All characters were set like domino, one fell it would take another with it and I loved how author managed to settle perfect ending for everyone and everything without falling any character too dangerously. It was a perfect end.
My small wish was I would have liked to see Rich People Problems list author started in the prologue to be continued throughout the book.
Overall, Rich People Problem was fantastic finale of the series. It was entertaining, gripping, fun, dramatic, and bittersweet fiction with some lovely, some insightful, and some poignant moments.
I highly recommend this if you like,
previous books in series
drama and gossips
East Asian culture
Crazy rich lifestyle
cocktail of emotions
painstakingly detailed but exquisite writing
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