Title: Rich People Problems
Author: Kevin Kwan
Series: Crazy Rich Asians #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Asia, Chic lit, Contemporary
Dates read: 29th May 2020
Publisher: Anchor Books
5th sentence, 74th page: Mummy must never look unkempt.
Nicholas Young’s grandmother Su Yi is on her deathbed. While he rushes to be by her side, he’s not the only one. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners to the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With all parties vying to inherit a trophy estate in the heart of Singapore, Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of sabotage and scandal. Taking us from elegantly appointed mansions in Manila to secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, Kevin Kwan’s final installment in this irresistible trilogy reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.
I’ve been meaning and meaning to get to this novel for a while. After all, it finishes out a great series that I have absolutely adored and I also hated that the very final book in a trilogy has just been sitting, unread on my shelves. Now that I’ve read it… wow… I definitely should have sunk my teeth into this WAY WAY earlier.
The scheming and insanity that is Nick’s family definitely comes to a head in this story. He’s the prodigal son who has deserted his post, and yet, at the end of the day, all he wants is to be able to say goodbye to his grandmother. Yet, there are so, so many family members who are too busy plotting and scheming for more money to make this reunion simple. To make it anything but awkward really. It’s kind of difficult to stomach in moments – I just can’t imagine that need for money and prestige to be so all-consuming.
Although the main storyline was about Ah Ma being on her death bed and all of the insane relatives rushing to her side, there were another two great side stories that had that same sense of suspended disbelief and horror. Firstly, there was the story about Kitty. She’s moved up and up in the world throughout the series, but she now has to contend with a whole new set of problems in her drive to be the “queen” of society. Then there’s the story of Astrid. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a character to have their happily ever after more. Yet, her journey to finally get her own version of happily ever after is seriously tragic and difficult. I actually wanted to throw the book across the room in some moments – there were just so many horrible things going on.
This is a great novel. Like the first two novels, Rich People Problems is funny and witty. It completely makes fun at a set of the cohort that most of us will never come across. Yet, it also makes you fall in love with some of these characters. I may have absolutely loved this novel and blitzed through it in about a day, but I’m actually really, seriously disappointed that this series is over… I wonder if there are any more Kevin Kwan novels that I can add to my wishlist…