[I received a copy of this book from its Canadian publisher Penguin Random House Canada. This does not affect my opinion on the book.]
The highly anticipated sequel to Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians is here – finally! If you’ve read Crazy Rich Asians, you’ll know that this series is all about the fine things in life: a jet-setting lifestyle, exquisite clothing, and extravagant events. Well, it’s safe to say that China Rich Girlfriend lives up to expectations as it continues to deliver what fans loved so much about Crazy Rich Asians.
China Rich Girlfriend picks up where Crazy Rich Asians leaves off (click here to read what Crazy Rich Asians is about). In my opinion, I would classify this as a sequel rather than a companion novel. You won’t be lost if you’ve never read Crazy Rich Asians, but the events are definitely succeeding it, which means you may want to start from the top if you want to pick up the series.
It’s hard to review this book without giving away anything, so I’ll keep this review short and sweet. I absolutely loved getting to continue to follow the characters’ lives. They’re all so well-developed with their own distinct plot lines and problems to overcome while providing readers ample excitement and escape from real life. While it did take me two tries to finish Crazy Rich Asians (I had to learn to accept the conspicuous consumption instead of resist it), once I became invested in the characters it was hard to put down. I am now waiting with baited breath, hoping that there will be another installment!
Verdict: A consistent follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians. This series is the perfect escapist read, transporting readers to a place that is likely very unfamiliar. I loved living through the crazy lives of these characters and pretending that I was right there with them. If you loved Crazy Rich Asians, you need to read this.
Read if: You want to go on a crazy rich adventure, you loved Crazy Rich Asians, you want to find out what it means to be richer than crazy rich.
Are you a fan of Crazy Rich Asians? If you had unlimited funds, where would you go on vacation?