KINDLE [Rich People Problems]
Ly a romance any at this point but one of those gossipy potboilers of the type that were popular in the 1980s where rich people behave badly just because they can and to hell with the conseuences as long as you look good doing itWith the two previous books neatly adding closure to Rachel and Nicky s love story I wasn t really sure what there could be left to address for them in RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS The uick answer is not much Apart from what I believe was a brief appearance in the beginning Rachel basically disappears until around p250 or so In RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS the family matriarch who disapproved of Nicky s marriage to Rachel Grandma Su Yi has a heart attack and the entire family turns Tyersall Place into a circus ostensibly to care for her but with her last will and testament very much on their mindsEddie in particular reminded me very uickly of how much I hated him with his maneuvering to eep Nicky barred from entering the house Eddie is basically human shaped garbage on legs Everything he said and did made me want to punch him The other relatives too sink back into their odious ways as soon as the uestion of money comes up Kitty who had a Pretty Woman redemption arc in the previous book starts up a rivalry with Colette Bing Colette is also human garbage on legs I almost warmed to Eleanor in the previous book because she did reunite Rachel with her father but in this book her sleazy machinations to pressure Rachel into having ids were super creepy especially when she invites her to a bible study group only to try to have one of her friends give her an ob gyn examination in a room they have set up just next door cue horror movie music Astrid and Charlie are given air time in this book than Rachel or Nicky since their romance is the one filled with uncertainty now with both of their ex spouses making as much trouble for them as possible I did not like the Isabel subplot and Michael proved that he was even of a creep than I d imagined in this book I also didn t like what happened to Colette at the end of the book Isabel and Colette were both terrible characters but I don t really like it when physical or psychological trauma is treated like justice There are better ways for characters to get their comeuppanceI did actually warm to Su Yi a bit in this book and the scenes with her were surprisingly touching I also liked Carlton s romance with Scheherazade although Scheherazade Really Oliver came off looking like much of a worm in this book and I ept wondering what had happened to Connie Some people didn t like the fighting about what to do with Tyersall Place but I felt like that was pretty realistic and handled well especially since it is true that because of property values something like that never would be or could be built again in Singapore Not everything needs to be bulldozedRICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS was a definite downgrade in terms of uality and felt like straight up trash than the smart snappy CRAZY RICH ASIANS I feel like the author probably could have stopped at two book or even the first book if he had written in that happy ending instead of padding Rachel and Nick s future out across two books and then throwing in a whole bunch of other random stuff about the family in for the lols as Rachel gets to The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse know her dad This book felt entirely unnecessary but trilogies are in and I m guessing the author wanted to cash in on that as much as anyone It was the perfect thing to read while sick because it didn t reuire a whole lot of thought but I can definitely see why so many people who read this felt cheated or disappointed3 to 35 stars Bespoke Everything is bespoke in this book And to think I had no idea how boujee I was when I took myids to Build A Bear at the mall Apparently they own several bespoke stuffed animals and I should have been bragging about that shit on the playgroundOk there is still a stupid amount of words about what everyone is wearing in Rich People Problems At one point I wondered if Mr Kwan was selling advertising space in his book Kind of like how tv shows and movies have someone casually drinking a Coke driving a Mustang or eating Count Chocula in a breakfast scene Only you can t casually advertise something in a book because it isn t visualSo WORDS must be used So Many Unnecessary WordsEveryone who comes on to the page is still introduced with a rundown from head to toe of what they are wearing Here s what it felt like Astrid entered the room her glossy dark hair in a loose chignon held in place with a vintage pin that once belonged to Katharine Hepburn She was wearing a insert designer I ve never heard of here blouse paired with a simple pair of black pants by insert designer I ve never heard of here Her insert brand I ve never heard of here shoes had a thread of gold artfully woven into the heel to give off just the right amount of understated elegance The entire outfit was finished off by a pair of pearl earrings that looked inexpensive 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ALL ACTUALITY WERE WORTH 10 MILLIONactuality were worth 10 Million Because million dollars because were shit out together as twins by the rarest oyster in the existence of the world This oyster was then eaten in 635 AD by Tang Taizong the then Emperor of China who was nown not only for creating a golden age in China but also for his extravagant and luxurious fashionsAstrid looked up and saw Charlie who was wearing a bespoke suit from insert designer I ve never heard of here and To me All of that nonsense could have been whittled down to this Astrid walked in and saw CharlieThen again I
M Not A Bestselling Authornot a bestselling author what do I nowAlright Rich People Problems did seem to me a lot toned down when it came to all the stupid descriptions of who was wearing what and who designed it than China Rich Girlfriend so that s a plus And the story moved at a decent pace this time around More like the 1st book did You can Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: kind of forgive the silliness if there s some actual plot happening younowAnd as much as I appreciated that I was sort of confused when this thing ind of turned into some ind of half baked Spy Kids mysterySuddenly in this 3rd book the asshole grandma turns out to have had a past and Nick has to follow these Di Vinci Code clues all over the world to track down this secret that will save Tyersall Park from being sold off and chopped into a luxury community for rich Christians WHATIt was weirdAnd it seemed to be trying very hard to make grandma suddenly seem sympathetic I genuinely like it when books do that But the sort of past that Su Yi had view spoilerTurns out she was this very brave woman who used her influence to smuggle people out of the country when Japan had invaded saved tons of lives stood up to evil Japanese generals fell in love with a man that her father didn t approve of continued her affair with him even after both of them were married arranged marriages and got pregnant with this other man s child Then ended up having to beg her husband s forgiveness at which point he forgave her and they fell in love All of that All of that meant that there s no way she would have let Nick s marriage to Rachel drive a wedge between them like it did She might have been pissed at first but a brazen woman like that would have gotten over it uickly And why the fuck was she so awful to her own daughter in law Eleanor Even that horrible gift of soap because she thought she was a dirty whore left to Eleanor in her will seemed ridiculous in light of all of that new information I mean if anyone was a dirty whore Su Yi hide spoiler Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan is a 2017 Doubleday publicationHilarity and intrigue merge to create yet another wildly entertaining installment in this fabulous seriesAs with the previous installments a little time has elapsed meaning there have been a few changes since we last touched base with all these zany characters Rachel and Nicholas receive word that his grandmother is suffering from congestive heart failure As the family begins to gather around her Nicholas feels pressured from all sides to return home He finally agrees but in the meantime Eddie is working hard hoping he will be the one to inherit from his grandmother s will and Astrid is going through a contentious divorce as is her lover Charlie Wu Kitty is still playing all angles working to get all she deserves or thinks she does while engaging in a battle of wills with her step daughter What I enjoyed most about this installment was the background information provided about Su Yi and the surprising turn of events that gives Nicholas the chance to finally understand his grandmother It s poignant insightful and very interesting but the irony OMG Hilarious But never fear all the fabulous clothes food and destination spots are described in vivid details and there is certainly no shortage of dramaThe way everything came together in the end suggests this is the last installment in the series Boo I have really had a lot of fun reading about these insanely rich Asians and all their conniving manipulative shallowness as well as learning about their language slang and traditions But the epic and wonderful love stories were at the heart of everything The characters evolved and changed beautifully most of them finding contentment in one way or the other which is very satisfying I have heard there was a movie in works based on this series so at least I have that to look forward to Overall this third and last book in the series is every bit as entertaining as the first two but with a slight bittersweet tone at times But the divine ending was all I could have asked for 45 stars. D richest man Jack Bing still feels upstaged by her new stepdaughter famous fashionista Colette BingIn this sweeping tale that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea from a idnapping at Hong Kong's most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace that is caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi Kevin Kwan hilariously reveals the long buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.
Kevin Kwan Ì 3 summaryZe that most of the time it s my mother s disapproving voice I hear Your mother has always driven you half crazy cI can acknowledge whenever my mother is reacting out of this fear but the most powerful thing I ve realized is that I m not responsible for her pain c Sometimes the best antidote for the craziness of the world is reading a wacky book It leaves my head clearer than drinking would anyway Kevin Kwan s Rich People Problems the third in his Crazy Rich Asians series was just the ticket Campy a bit melodramatic and utterly outrageous Kwan s tales of three generations of Chinese families set mostly in Singapore provides a hysterical glimpse into how the ultra rich livePeel 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 rightSu Yi the matriarch of the Young Family is on her deathbed She has a massive fortune capped by Tyersall Park a 64 acre estate on prime land in Singapore While Asian tradition would usually expect Su Yi to leave the estate to her eldest son Philip many believed she d beueath it to his son her favorite grandson Nicholas But Nicholas has been estranged from his grandmother after she voiced her disapproval of his marrying Rachel whom she viewed as a common Chinese girl so he hasn t been home to visit her in several yearsWith disposition of Su Yi s estate in uestion her entire family heads to Tyersall Park to hopefully get into her good graces and perhaps move up a bit in her will before she passes Her eldest daughter Felicity nows that she ll probably get the short end of the stick because of her gender but she has bigger fish to fry her daughter Astrid is scandalizing the family with her relationship with her college boyfriend Charlie Wu The family never thought that he was good enough for her even though he is a self made technology tycoon now they don t want the two to get together now even though both are on the verge of divorcingAnother grandson Edson Eddie Chang has also come to be with Su Yi with his family in tow Eddie is the most status conscious of any of the family members he always has to be sure people The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small know he s wearing top of the line designers the most expensive and uniue shoes one pair needed to be dyed multiple times so they took weeks to be ready for him and the most luxurious of luxury timepieces He is bound and determined to finally get the respect he believes he deserves and if that meanseeping others away from his grandmother until he wins her over to his side so be itWhile Nicholas says he doesn t care about the estate and doesn t want to revisit the hurt his grandmother caused he realizes he needs to say goodbye to her Plus his high strung mother insists about five times a day when she s not interrogating him and Rachel about when they ll give her a grandchild His return home dredges up some resentment especially with his cousin Eddie but spending time with Su Yi and other family members reminds him of the importance of family but reinforces how smart he and Rachel are to live in New YorkMeanwhile former umm actress Kitty Pong has finally gained some status with her marriage to China s second richest man Jack Bing But her uest for respectability eeps falling short as she can t seem to reconcile her schizophrenic tastes in fashion and decor with what is expected of someone in her position Even worse is the fact that she is convinced her stepdaughter fashionista turned attorney s wife Colette is trying to upstage her at every turn No matter how hard she tries to stand out Colette seems to be in her way despite her sudden passion for the environment and no frills fashionScientists 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 Rich People Problems is uite funny as it chronicles the over the top behavior of these people as they battle for an inheritance social acceptance love and most of all money Kwan imbues his book with painstaking details even his footnotes are hysterical while also being informative and a litany of designers couture and descriptions of food sure to make your stomach growl uite loudly Even the characters names are amazing my favorite is probably Scheherazade Shang or Harvard Bing the infant son of Kitty and Jack The visuals Kwan s imagery conveys are eye popping and some of the dialogue is campier than any soap opera diva or villain sLike many I ve occasionally thought about what life might be like if I didn t have to worry about money what I would do where I would go what I would spend it on But the amount of money the characters in this book throw around one character gets an eye lift for a rare fish to make it look younger is unfathomable which makes the book so much fun to read A true guilty pleasure See all of my reviews at I received an ARC of Kevin Kwan s Rich People Problems from Netgalley and Doubleday in exchange for an honest reviewIn this third Kevin Kwan brings back the magic I felt China for an honest reviewIn third installation Kevin Kwan brings back the magic felt China Rich was missing Although to be honest I could still do without Kitty I did not like her in the second book and still felt like she was mostly unneeded mainly because there are so many great characters in the book who could have used the time given to her Back to the great parts of this book I continue to love the relationships between Rachel and Nick and Astrid and Charlie and I loved that Kevin brought back Rachel s best friend too I also thoroughly loved getting the glimpses into Su Yi s history There is a whole lot of great drama and definitely some laugh out loud moments mostly around Eddie and his ridiculousness And of course there is the luxury these characters are afforded The beautiful vacation spots the descriptions some times made me feel like I could be right there Well done Kevin Kwan I cannot wait to see Crazy Rich Asians when it hits the big screen and who nowsmaybe we will get a fourth book in the future Look I now what I said I now that I wrote in my review of China Rich Girlfriend that I wasn t going to continue with the series All the fun and novelty of the first book had worn off and I realized that I was just reading a story about people who had so much money it had turned them into sociopaths I said I was done but I don t like to leave things unfinished So here we are As one can tell from the rating Kevin Kwan was not able to turn things around for the last book In fact this series has taken such a hard nosedive since Book One that I have a hard time believing that I ever enjoyed reading about these people and don t think I ve ever experienced such an extreme change in my feelings towards a series well except maybe Harlots we re all pretending that season 3 never happened rightThe problem is that frankly the current state of the world means that I cannot enjoy a story about the problems of spoiled billionaires any The entire drama of this book centers around the impending death of Nick s grandmother and which of her heirs will receive Tyersall Park in her will Will she and Nick be able to mend their relationship in time so our golden boy can claim his birthright as Lord of the Manor What on earth will happen I certainly couldn t guessWe re supposed to be invested in this because Nick is the only relative who DESERVES to inherit the estate the size of a fucking national park But when this novel takes place Nick hasn t even spoken to his grandmother in five years so no matter how many times he insists that Tyersall Park is his beloved childhood home and he has a strong emotional stake in the property it mostly comes across as Kwan covering his own ass and trying to convince us that he s done the work to justify these feelings in his characters There s also a lot of flashbacks to Su Yi s adolescence and it s basically Kwan retconning her into a nice person and glossing over the fact that she NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC kicked Nick out of the family for marrying Rachel because if there s one thing this series has taught me it s that none of the characters in this book have ever met an emotion complicated than angry but also sad There was a tiny hint of the book that this could have been and it was enough toeep me going until the end At about the halfway point Kwan establishes that the bulk of Astrid s inheritance comes from palm oil A short time later we have a character who runs a charity to save orangutans Okay now things are getting interesting I remember thinking Was Kwan going to have his characters connect the dots and make sure his readers understand that orangutans are going extinct because their habitats are being destroyed to farmpalm oil Wa These are so consistently fun Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestGather round friends Come sit at my table because I ve just put the tea on and I m about to spill it all over the damn place It took me two months to finish this series and I have some major thoughts on how it ended and what Kwan did with some of the characters Each book in the series is a very different sort of story CRAZY RICH ASIANS the best one by far is like an underdog love story of the ind that was so popular in the mid 2000s in which the plain read beautiful ordinary girl hooks up with the major hottie because he sees through her plainness to all the beauty that lies within read hot sex It ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger so reading CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND is necessary for closure even though it isn t real. Laim to their matriarch's massive fortune With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park a trophy estate on sixty four prime acres in the heart of Singapore Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of backbiting and intrigue As Su Yi's relatives fight over heirlooms Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu but tormented by her ex husband a man hell bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship Meanwhile Kitty Pong married to China's secon. ,
I thiiiiink this is my FAVORITE of the series and that s saying something since this series itself is already one of my favorites This was really the perfect ending to this series After China Rich Girlfriend I didn t think it could get any better Boy was I mistaken Intriguing mysterious hilarious and addictive I am sad to let go of these beloved characters and their crazy family drama When Nick s grandmother Su Yi falls ill and it is apparent that she has not much time left all her children and their children and their children descend on Singapore It s been five years since Nick or Rachel have been in Singapore since the events in Crazy Rich Asians Nick hasn t spoken to Su Yi in all that time But Rachel convinces Nick to visit her and to make things right with his grandmother before she dies In this book we learn about Su Yi s younger days Wow it was so interesting to learn about her and Singapore during WWII I listened to the audiobook of Rich People Problems and it was so well read The narrator did every single accent perfectly read Chinese well and even did the footnotes without confusing me I 100% recommend the audio SPOILERS BELOW I WARNED YOU During this whole book I felt so sorry for Astrid and Charlie Obstacle after obstacle was thrown their way and a lot of the times I didn t now how they would make their way out What a shocker it was for me and all of Astrid s fam to find out that Su Yi helped Charlie plan their engagement The best part in this book was when Astrid shoved it in Eddie s face during breakfast But even after all the trials with their families and ex s I am so glad for where they are now Kitty s drama was just as entertaining as everyone else s At first I really thought she was blowing things out of proportion with Collette that snake But after she tried to sabotage that dinner for Carlton who is bae I The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 knew she is most definitely aware of what she is doing Which is scheming of course I was as happy as Kitty when Collette didn t get Tyersall Park MwahahahahaahaaEddison Cheng stole the show for being the craziest rich asian I have never read about a greedy and delusional character like him before The lengths he went to secure his inheritance of Tyersall Park was just ridiculous Lying to his family being extra nice to Su Yi on her death bed was appalling The crying and screaming at her funeral was so over the top I could not stop laughing And let s not forget about bribing hisids to join in on his moronic behaviour This guy deserves an award The mystery of who would inherit what was so nerve wracking I کاروان امید kept second guessing And damn I did not expect it to go like it did Best was that she only left Eddie a pair of cuff links I laughed my ass off during his tantrum In the end I was so sure Nick would end up with the house But I guess it all worked out I was so sure the wedding at the end was Astrid and Charlie s Who would have guessed that Alistair and Peik Lin would get together I m so happy for them though and for preggo Rachel Is it strange to hope that Kevin Kwan decides to write another book in this series Pretty please Pre ReadWhat makes you feel better about your own family drama Reading about someone else s I ve got my popcorn ready My reviews forCrazy Rich AsiansChina Rich Girlfriend Overall the morbidish topic of inheritance gave me the creeps All the vulturing relatives blechworthyI couldn t help laughing at the scene with Eddie and his toilet cubicle shoe adoration thingy Signing Eddie crying Eddie prostrating Eddie he overdid himself The death scene too sad even for all the pathetic relatives and antics of most of them Astrid and Charlie finally so sweet Even for all the dramaThe ob gyn performance left me in hiccupsEddie fondled the slick plastic badge as if it were a jewel encrusted amulet personally bestowed on him by the God of Davos This badge distinguished him from all the pee ons at the conference He wasn t some PR hack journalist or one of the common attendees This white plastic badge with the blue line at the bottom meant that he was an official delegate cTaking the seat next to Piya on a velvet Ruhlmann settee he whispered So I take it you had an IGWEL badge Piya was momentarily confused I m sorry are your referring to Davos Yes When you were at Davos two years ago whatind of badge did they give you The white one with the blue line at the bottom or the plain white one with the hologram sticker I m afraid I can t remember what it looked like What did you do with it I wore it Piya replied patiently wondering why on earth her husband s cousin was so weirdly fixated on this badge I mean what did you do with your badge after the conference ErI must have either thrown it away or left it in the hotel room Eddie stared at her in disbelief His Davos badge was folded and placed in a special pouch along with his prized Roger W Smith6 watch and his precious sapphire and platinum cuff links He couldn t wait to get it framed the minute he returned to Hong Kong c if you aren t a Christian what do you consider yourself to be I respect every god she replied softly c My grandfather Shang Loong Ma s people were Buddhists Taoists uan Yin worshippers all that mishmash of religionsyou کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس know in that old fashioned Chinese sort of way c What a waste of time Jack muttered under his breath Waste of time Do you evennow who my friend is Some silly model She s not just a model she s the wife of Colin Khoo No idea who that is And now the First Lady is about to arrive And it looks like Mozart came with her Oh my God that s not Mozart that s Karl Lagerfeld He s a very very very important man He s the Kaiser of fashion What the fuck does that even mean He is so powerful he could Flare One Of flare one of and have me banned from Chanel forever and I might as well be dead Please please be polite Jack snorted I ll try not to fart in his general direction c Why the hell did you have to marry Dad a complete nobody from Hong Kong Why couldn t you marry someone else like an Aakara or a Leong Someone with a respectable surname Didn t you think of how it would affect your children Didn t you realize how it has fucked up my whole life YOU VE NEVER EVEN GIVEN ME A BUTT MASSAGE c Oh my God Rachel the president of China has come to pay his respects Much to their surprise the next person to emerge was a tall lanky college age The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... kid with long messy shoulder length brown hair dressed in tight black jeans steel tipped black boots and a black tuxedo jacket A Chinese man in a pinstripe suit and a blond middle aged lady in a black dress with a pale green shawl draped around her shoulders emerged next followed by a cute fair haired girl of about twelve Stranger and stranger The Bride of Frankenstein just walked in cGood grief they look like they are in some suicide cult cIt was grand and it was strange The Sultan of Borneo talked about the war and how my great grandfather helped to save his family He spoke in Malay so everything had to be translated by this very perky woman Then my brother spoke and he was so weird and stilted he sounded like the Manchurian Candidate c Younow how invisible I try to be Well I m wandering the streets of Singapore in nothing but a little linen shift and bedroom sandals and no one s even noticing me I bet you re wrong I bet every guy on the street is thinking who is that half naked babe c She looked in and saw Eddie lying on the floor in a fetal position his head in Fiona s lap Fiona sat on the floor calm as a piet stroking his hair as he sobbed uncontrollably like a little boy She looked up at Jiayi and the maid uickly closed the door cIf it made for a slightly schizophrenic menu no one noticed except the in laws c Well my mum just screamed at me in a way I ve never heard before and ordered me to leave the country Otherwise life is peachy How has your day been so far cThis morning I walked outside into the garden and saw that all the rhododendron trees have bloomed overnight Suddenly they are bursting with flowers in shades of pink I never Tempting Faith Di Napoli knew could exist Blooms so thick they brushed against my face as I walked through the garden weeping uncontrollably Ah Jitnew how much I loved these flowers He did this for me I now he did c the first thing she saw was a medical examination table in the middle of the room the ind with raised footrests found in gynecological clinics You The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way know Rachel I m an ob gyn in Brisbane and if you have any medical concerns at all about your reproductive system we can address them right now Here why don t you put this on and get on the table and I ll perform a uick pelvic exam Um I m uite all right thanks Rachel began backing away from herReaching into her pocket Jackie pulled out a pair of surgical gloves and began to put them on This will just take a few minutes Auntie Elle just wants tonow how those ovaries of yours are doing c You want a prayer I ll give you a prayer Dear Lord thank you for getting me the fuck out of here Amen c You now it might sound clich but getting away from it all has been a transformative experience for me I ve realized that so many of my fears aren t really my own They re the fears of my mother my father my grandparents I ve just unconsciously internalized them and I ve let these fears affect every decision I make So a few people see me naked on a secluded beach in one of the remotest places on earth Who cares I m proud of my body I have nothing to hide But of course some voice in my head would automatically say Astrid put some clothes on It s not proper You re a Leong and you re going to disgrace the family And I reali. Kevin Kwan bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend is back with an uproarious new novel featuring a family driven by fortune an ex wife driven psychotic with jealousy a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritanceWhen Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother Su Yi is on her deathbed he rushes to be by her bedside but he's not alone The entire Shang Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake