Book Review: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

I received a copy of Rich People Problems through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Doubleday Books and Kevin Kwan for the opportunity.

I was SO excited to be approved for the ARC. I was ready to love this book and it did not disappoint. It’s a hysterically funny view into the Asian Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Even Robin Leach would be impressed.

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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 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.

Kevin Kwan continues telling the story of my beloved Asian high society characters and introduces a few more. This book, like the previous two, spans the globe with jet setting characters, their glamorous lifestyles, and rich descriptions of elite environments.

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Like the other two books, this one also has witty footnotes and Asian languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin, and Malay written in English and the translations that have you laughing out loud on every other page. Kevin Kwan’s sharp sense of humor comes out in every character. His strong sense of Asian heritage, the nuances of each nationality, and the tales of the super rich have me wanting to know more about how the author did his research into this book.

The Asian family hierarchy, the class distinction, the different forms of wealth – it’s all very fascinating and probably true. You just wonder how the author got the inspiration for his characters and fabulous settings. Does he have access to these kinds of people that exist in real life? Does he lead this kind of life? I’m so curious and envious!

There are so many characters in this book that it was hard to remember how they are all related. Kevin needs to write a family tree supplement for his readers so that we can keep track of them all.

In addition to being exposed wealth beyond our imaginations, the reader has insight into multiple cultures, languages, complicated large Asian family dynamics, marriage and divorce drama, fame, servants and scandal. The character flashbacks were very interesting and gives the reader a better understanding of the events that shaped that character’s life.

This book is a guilty pleasure and my favorite of the trilogy. If you want a mental vacation from daily life, READ THIS BOOK. It will transport you out of your boring daily setting into a place that seems out of this world. Highly recommend.

Publish Date: May 23, 2017

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