10 Amazing Books to Read if You’re Obsessed with
Crazy Rich Asians
August 18, 2018
seems to be all anyone can talk about these days. The film just came out on Wednesday, and it already has rave reviews! The movie is amazing enough on its own, but it’s also a big freaking deal that it’s the first English-language film to feature an all-Asian main cast in almost 25 Crazy Rich Asians years. It sounds crazy, but it hasn’t happened since Joy Luck Club came out in 1993.
We won’t spoil it for you, but it basically has everything: glitz, glam, money and whole lot of
family drama. But if you read the book, you already know this of course. The movie adaptation was pretty iconic, but sometimes you just want to flip through the pages of a physical book and create your own universe. We get that, so we’ve rounded up 10 books to read if you loved Crazy Rich Asians:
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Five Star Billionaire
Crazy Rich Asians focused on the three Rs: rich Asian families, real estate and romance. And, lucky for you, dear reader, Five Star Billionaire has all of them. Following a similar plot line as Kevin Kwan's novel, FSB explores the lives of different characters trying to make it in the city of Shanghai. Some are rich, some are poor, and others are in between, but they're all just trying to follow their dreams.
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Even though Rachel had Asian heritage, her American upbringing made her feel like an outsider to the old money families of China and Singapore. The characters of
The Expatriates can relate. The book follows three American women living in Hong Kong. Though the expats seem to be leading separate lives, they become connected in ways that change them all.
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The Wangs vs. the World
If you can somehow imagine a mashup between
Crazy Rich Asians and Little Miss Sunshine, The Wangs vs. the World would be it. After Charles Wang loses everything in the recession, he packs up the car and takes his family on a road trip to his daughter's estate in New York. With no money left, the Wangs learn how to live when you can't have it all.
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Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty
For the characters of
Crazy Rich Asians, mo' money equals mo' problems. But in Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, it's the opposite. When Fern and Edgar run out of money from their deceased parents' estate, they go into panic mode. With their lives unraveling, the two set off on separate adventures and leave their kids to fend for themselves.
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Little Fires Everywhere
Eleanor Young was completely content with her life — that is, until Rachel Chu came along to ruin her family. Across the pond, Elena Richardson feels her pain. In
Little Fires Everywhere, Elena lives in the perfect little town of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Everything is going well, but then Mia Warren and her daughter show up — and they bring mysterious secrets with them. Their appearance shakes up the town as Elena tries to unearth what the mother-daughter duo is hiding.
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Little, Brown and Company
If you liked the hilarious satire of the rich that was present throughout
CRA, you'll love Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Bernadette has got it all: a successful career, lots of money and a perfect family. Well, maybe it's not so perfect. She mysteriously disappears, and her daughter, Bee, sets out to find her.
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The Devil Wears Prada
Crazy Rich Asians, Rachel was desperately trying to prove herself to her boyfriend's hard-to-please mother, Eleanor. Despite her best efforts, Rachel struggled to gain Eleanor's acceptance. Sound familiar? It's basically the same plot as The Devil Wears Prada. Andy, a young journalist, lands a job at a fashion magazine. But her boss is an absolute nightmare. She takes Andy through all sorts of crazy adventures, and they both learn a lot along the way.
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The Dim Sum of All Things
William Morrow Paperbacks
As an ABC (American-born Chinese) woman, Rachel grew up with a mix of Chinese and American cultures. Most of
Crazy Rich Asians takes place in Singapore, so readers don't get to find out much about Rachel's life in America. But in The Dim Sum of All Thing, the struggles of being a part of two cultures is explored in depth. Lindsey Owyang lives in San Francisco, but when her traditional Chinese grandmother brings her on a trip to meet her relatives, Lindsey discovers what it really means to be both Chinese and American.
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Useful Phrases for Immigrants
If you liked the dynamic between the different families and generations in
CRA, you'll love Useful Phrases for Immigrants. In a collection of fictional short stories, author May-Lee Chai explores themes of culture, migration, family and love.
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China Rich Girlfriend
In case you didn't already know,
Crazy Rich Asians isn't a standalone novel. The book is actually the first in Kevin Kwan's series, with China Rich Girlfriend as the sequel. In the second installment, Rachel is all set to marry her love, Nick Young. But despite having a man who loves her, Rachel feels incomplete without her father. Then, an accident reveals his true identity, and she sets off to Shanghai to finally meet him.