I can’t believe that Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan is the end of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. This trilogy gave me so much to laugh at when I needed an escape from all my non-fictional/cynical reads and when life gets too much. Honestly!
But this last book literally answered all my answers and doubts collected while reading the previous two books. I remember being blown away at how hilarious the first book was, but I wasn’t as impressed with the second one. It didn’t seem to have that punch, manipulative relatives, unimaginable schemes and gossip (of course!) which the first one had. However, Rich People Problems came through big time!
I am pretty sure everyone has seen the movie by now, but if you haven’t, why are you missing out?
The end of this obnoxiously hilarious series begins with the sudden heart attack of Grandmother Su Yi of the Young household – Nick’s grandmother who didn’t approve of Rachel and was said to have crossed him off from inheriting the grand Tyresall Park estate. With her imminent death in place, all her children and their families descend upon the grand palace in hopes of getting in the good graces of their beloved Ah Ma.
“Alamak, it’s that Ed Saranwrap(Sheeran)! I love his music!”
However, at such times the relatives have taken upon extreme manipulative measures including not allowing Nick to meet Ah Ma one last time or make amends for the past 5 years of absence. Meanwhile, the ravishing and gorgeous Astrid has been cast away due to her engagement with her one true love Charlie Wu despite her divorce with Michael Teo not being finalized.
“I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died. —MALCOLM FORBES”
However, the family is in for a surprise when the contents of the Ah Ma’s will is revealed to everyone, that detailes her meticulous planning but not so frugal or sensible spending. Moreover, her involvement with Astrid’s engagement and handing over Nick some crucial details of her past, give us the glimpse into the women she was.
“Sometimes, the thing that at first appears flawed can end up being the most perfect thing in the world for you.”
It took me less than 2 days to finish this book and I couldn’t think of anything order than this. Kevin Kwan really outdid himself with Rich People Problems. He gave the right endings (in my opinion – at least) to all the characters in all three books.
I cannot tell you how he had me reeling over my stomach with laughter with some of the scenes that goes to show no amount of money can change the thinking or attitudes of some people even if they’re wearing custom brands that we don’t even know exist.
Peel away the veneer of wealth and sophistication and you’ll find extremely provincial, narrow-minded people. The problem is that they all have too much money, and it’s come so easily to them that they think they’re bloody geniuses and so they are always right.
There were some scenes were I literally had to stop and tell my mom, because it was uncanny how the similarities existed with the problems desis faces and on the other hand, people with all the wealth and influence weren’t any different.
Honestly this is the type of series one should pick up when they think they’re having a rough time or bad day. It’ll cheer you up, forget all your worries and have you Google brands and items you never knew were even a thing.
And will make you hungry, A LOT!
Onto the Basics:
- Rating: 5.0/5.0
- Favorite quote: “Scientists talk about how we inherit health issues from our parents through our genes, but we also inherit this entire lineage of fear and pain—generations of it..”
- Reader level: Fairly easy. Athough you may need an encyclopaedia of all the luxury brands and jewellery mentioned.
- Should you read: Please do!
- Would I read it again: I guess I’ll always re-reade book one and book three of this series.
- Series Worth a Shot: Definitely. This is a series every Asian should read at least once to know just how crazy everyone is cross the Pacific and Indian Ocean.
Till next time,