Author : Kevin Kwan
Publisher : Doubleday
Genre : Contemporary Fiction, Asian Fiction
Source : Own copy
Rating : 1 star
Summary : On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.
I want to cry. I really do. You would think I’d know better after having felt the way I did about the first instalment of this series but I thought, “Hey, you liked the third book, maybe the second book would be better than the first!”
Well let me tell you. It was not.
Honestly this second book reads more like a catalogue of designers, property owners and paintings than an actual work of fiction. I may as well just open up Bazaar and Vogue and flip through the pages of who is wearing whom. My review is going to be short. I am not going to include the what I liked section (because what’s the point) and what I disliked section (because clearly, what’s the point) and I shall stick to this one line.
I did not enjoy this book. It felt like a first draft written with writers block. And it sucks because I know the third book was brilliant and I cannot wait to watch it on screen despite how I felt about the first book on screen. I just……am so terribly disappointed. I expected a riveting four star read and it was just…..
The problem isn’t that the story sucked. It was actually pretty good and fun, funny at times and entertaining overall. The problem was the fact that there were more designer names, brand names, real estate area names, car names than anything else in this book. If you removed those you would be left with a book that is one third it’s original thickness. At first I started googling the stuff that was mentioned. I quickly went from googling to rolling my eyes and then from rolling my eyes to flipping past till I spotted another event happening.
It was just very boring for me. I wanted more action and less Vogue. You might like this if you are very “fashion inclined”.