Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3)
By: Kevin Kwan
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
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
Aww man here we are, last book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. It’s been quite the romp so far…Usually I read these books in the summer time–that’s what I did with the first two books–but decided I needed something light and crazy to read during my Christmas holidays so I decided to pick up this book as my first read of 2019 🙂
Contains some spoilers if you haven’t read either book in the series!
Rich people problems, omg, lol.
Where to begin? This book was crazy as ever, both in terms of what you want (as was the case with Kitty’s storyline) but also with the family. This book very much focuses on the family as Su Yi is in her deathbed and the family is scrambling to find out what is in her will. As we began this trilogy entering their world through Rachel’s perspective, Rachel is actually in the periphery here, encouraging Nicholas rather to find a way back to see his grandmother and make amends before she passes (which was a very nice scene, I should add). It was also interesting that we got some more highlights and flashbacks of what it was like for Nick to grow up in Tyersall Park. I thought the scene where the will is discussed was quite the highlight of what goes through people’s heads, as well as the general reveal of how much their grandmother was really worth and what was under her control. But going back a bit, because the story focuses very much on the family this time, it was interesting to learn more about Su Yi’s children as we got to know the family through her grandchildren; I don’t remember much about them in previous novels so it was interesting to read more about them, their relationship with their mother, with the house, with the rest of the family.
Having said that, omg, Eddie was really the worst, wasn’t he? His desperation to prove his worth and stake a claim in Su Yi’s assets was just sad, his theatrics were INSANE. And Michael continues to just be the worst human being, the stuff he pulled to make Astrid’s life miserable and her relationship to Charlie difficult was so bad. And Isabel was just sad, she clearly needed help. Oh, I also really didn’t care for Kitty’s storyline, didn’t care for her social climbing and her boredom in what she had access to and can afford–a flipside in shedding light to the downside of being insanely rich–or her constant competition with her husband’s daughter, Colette (who is also awful in her own right).
Oh, and I never realised how many problems Oliver and his family had, so I felt for him as he tried to get a win for Kitty’s situation; I felt for him.
Astrid’s journey to independence from at was expected for her from her parents, from society, was a long time coming. I admit, I was a bit surprised at the extent to which she did a roundabout in letting go, and for a moment I thought she was going to let Charlie go in the process–after all the stuff they went through!!!–but I’m glad she got her happy ending in the end and that she’s happy.
Overall this was a lovely wrap to the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. It was as insane as ever, with posh brands and money, money, money thrown everywhere, but at the heart of it the family dynamics with all of its dysfunctions was the highlight. Certainly there was quite a bit of dark humour peppered throughout but I can’t wait to see books 2 (and hopefully 3!) adapted to the big screen 🙂