So, if you know me at all you know I am an embarrassing human with an amazing capacity to consume. I am not talking about the consumption of food but rather the consumption of entertainment - whether it be literature, television, audiobooks, movies, or podcasts. If I love something I will obsessively read / watch / listen until I totally burnout. I am currently DEEP into an Asian consumption phase. I am obsessed with Asian soaps on Netflix (shoutout to Descendants of the Sun, Meteor Garden, In Need of Romance 3) and find myself reading books with Asian female leads (go ahead and read To All the Boys I've Loved Before if you want a cheesy, girly, high school romance then watch the movie that just came out on Netflix).
All this to say ... the release of the movie Crazy Rich Asians could not have come at a more relevant time in my life. I read Crazy Rich Asians as well as Rich People Problems and China Rich Girlfriend when they were first released and am currently rereading Crazy Rich Asians because yall know how much I love to reread a good book. Yes, I use the word yall now. I've been in Nashville for 3 years and granted myself this luxury a short time ago. Resistance is futile.
Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, a NYU Econ Professor, as she visits Singapore for the first time with her boyfriend Nick Young. Nick, like a real idiot of a boyfriend, fails to prep Rachel to meet his insanely wealthy family and friends. Drama ensues.
I loved the romance, drama, and sheer absurdity of the character's lives but what really drew me to the book was the window it offered me to peer into a culture and lifestyle that I knew almost nothing about. Flashy cars, private jewelry sales, old money, new money, etc. I loved delving into this exciting new world. I ate it up.
Also, the movie was super funny so you should definitely READ THE BOOK FIRST because you know how I feel about this! Book before movie. Say it again. Book before movie. I give this book five stars for being hilarious and totally different than my other reads.