Title: Rich People Problems
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publishing Date: May 23, 2017
Number of Pages: 398
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 royal 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 is 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, 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.
I've heard about the news that Kevin Kwan's first novel, Crazy Rich Asians will be turned into a movie and though I wasn't able to read it, my attention was caught when I saw that I have his third novel entitled Rich People Problems on my kindle. Thank you so much NetGalley and DoubleDay Books for granting my request to read the ARC!
Believe me, I gave my self a little hard time by not reading the first book! There were a lot of characters that at first I cannot distinguish who's who. However, as I continued reading, I was able to get to know each of the characters and liked most of them. I liked Nick Young and his wife Rachel who defied tradition for love. I liked Su Yi's character as well even if she is strict and may seem to not care about anyone but his grandson, Nick. I liked Astrid the most in this story not because she stayed in Palawan, Philippines but because of how gracefully she faced every problem that came her way. Although Edison Cheng is irritating, I think he's just one of those spoiled rich kids so I didn't mind all his plans to get Nicky away from Su Yi. But the one person whom I consider the greediest is Kitty Pong. I can't even tell you how annoying she is and her constant need to fit in.
There are a lot of scenes that are memorable to me, but the most would be the proposal and the way things ended up in the end. For sure I'll be reading the first book - Crazy Rich Asians and second book - China Rich Girlfriend before the movie comes up!
If you want a funny read and a novel full of characters who are enjoyable, I recommend reading this book!
RATING: 5 STARS