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China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel by Kevin Kwan
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China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel (edition 2015)

by Kevin Kwan (Author)

Series: Crazy Rich Asians (2)

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"Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather. 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"--… (more)
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Title:China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel
Authors:Kevin Kwan (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2015), 400 pages
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AAAAAAAAAAAAH SO GOOD ( )
  Jessica_Olin | Sep 17, 2020 |
Entertaing beach read. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan, blends lifestyle porn and careful attentions to customs and manners of an Edith Wharton or Candace Bushnell adventure, only set among the hyperwealthy Chinese, instead of hyperwealthy New Yorkers. So, the correct designers outfits are worn to the correct private jewelry showings, but instead of getting a summer house in the wrong side of the Hamptons, new money characters make their New Year’s visits in the wrong order. So good, you guys.

This would be a really fun read, if only for the travelogue and lifestyle porn aspects, but you guys, there is so much snark in this novel. There’s occasional Hokkien and Cantonese insults and snark, with the translation in even snarkier footnotes. When social consultant Corinna Ko-Tung agrees to reinvent Kitty Pong, a reality star with high-class aspirations, she gives her an assignment list of some of my favorite manners novels, with hilariously harsh commentary on how to learn from them.

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  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
A little less delightfully-paced than the first one but it all hurtles towards a satisfactory conclusion. ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
Author Kevin Kwan has become a specialist at poking fun at the small community of extremely rich Asians that we “plebs” know nothing about. In this second book, he stirs the pot shamelessly as he dishes the details of life for these old-world wealthy Asians. He also includes many details about the new billionaires that are emerging from China. As in the first book, these people are still trying to live their lives under the media radar all the while giving lavish parties, making a contest out of who can donate the most funds to charity and most importantly, protecting their wealth by ensuring that their jet-setting children marry the children of their friends.

If you loved the first book, then rest assured that China Rich Girlfriend does not disappoint. Many of the characters that were introduced in the first book are back to continue their stories including the scheming mother, Eleanor, the ex-porn star Kitty Pong who is frantically working on rising to Asian Rich respectability, the two raised ‘rich-yet-turned-out-sensible’ cousins Nicky and Astrid, and, of course, Rachel Chu, the American fiancee who is driving Eleanor to distraction. These plus some added colourful new characters move the story along it’s outrageous and inventive path.

China Rich Girlfriend makes a great summer read, light, funny, romantic and more than a little over-the-top. I am looking forward to the third volume in this trilogy. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 22, 2020 |
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"Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather. 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"--

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