Book Review: China Rich Girlfriend

Details: More information can be found at the author’s official site here: http://www.kevinkwanbooks.com/

Score: 6.6/10

China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. It continues the story of Rachel Chu and revisits Singaporean high society. The story introduces a few new characters while also dipping its toes into mainland Chinese high society.

The story picks up a couple of years after the events of the last book. Rachel and Nick are getting ready to be married when Nick’s mother, Eleanor, catches wind of the marriage and makes a last ditch attempt to reconcile by reaching Rachel’s birth father and arranging a meeting. Now, Rachel must go to mainland China and meet her father, a wealthy, high ranking Chinese politician and his family. The other two major plot lines follow Kitty, a wealthy woman trying to break into Hong Kong high society, and Astrid, Nick’s cousin who is trying to maintain her marriage to an increasingly unstable husband.

Like the last book, a lot of the book comes off sounding like a gossip rag, so if you like that, then you’ll like this. A lot of the book also cheats in that a lot of the dialogue takes place though instant messages and email threads, overlooking descriptive writing and just going straight to dialogue. It felt like I was reading a screenplay rather than a novel, which wasn’t good because a novel is still communicated in text, meaning you have to describe things or else I will have no idea what things look like or how people are reacting. It’s also a cheap way to fill up page space.

Also keep in mind this is less of a romance than the last book and more of a comedic drama.

Overall, this book was about as good as the last one. If you read Crazy, Rich, Asians and enjoyed it, then reading this book is a no brainer. If you did not read the last book or did not enjoy it, then you should skip this book.

Score: 6.6/10

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