As part of the popular adult fiction series Crazy Rich Asians, Kwan strikes a well-written, extravagantly high-pitched chord of excessive wealth through his spoiled group of characters. More intently examining the lives of minor characters and pumping up grandma with sustenance, I thoroughly enjoyed every fast-paced minute, starting with who would inherit Tyersall Park and ending with Astrid’s brush with the tabloids. Suspenseful, humorous, and with characters that have developed so consistently over the past two books, I find myself cheering on Astrid as she follows her heart and Nick as he hopes to reconcile his relationship with his grandmother—without worrying about his inheritance. Eddie is still a scumbag and more so a child than his own prepped up and inflated kids, and Kitty Pong’s small yet significant transformation actually blew my mind. Rachel has taken a back seat in this one, and I’m OK with that. With everyone’s fate now in the hands of the family matriarch’s final moments, the conclusion of inheritance and heritage is on the line.
I am a diehard follower of and advocate for this series, and Rich People Problems is my favorite novel in the trio. Crazy Rich Asians novels are a must read for adult fiction lovers who want to explore culture and wealth paired with strong, borderline insane characters and an ironically and sarcastically rich plot.
Rich People Problems: A Novel (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan [Doubleday 2017]