Finished this book a week or so ago. NPR loves it (and I love NPR). The New York Times loves it. Vanity Fair talked to the author. The Guardian talked about the stink Kwan is making concerning stereotypes. There are so many book reviews about how everyone loves it so I had to check it out. I was initially drawn to its gold glitter cover. Who wouldn’t want to walk around reading a book that blinds people with its sparkle? I also adore novels that have multiple view points. It makes the book quicker because you want to get from one character to the next and find out what’s happening to your favorites. This book did a great job with that. Here’s a quick summary.
“When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.”
Although there are many other characters in the book it is mainly centered around these two love birds, Rachel & Nick. It’s also centered around money; lots of money. I listened to the book on audio which was very helpful since there are some tricky names and phrases in other languages. Although I was a bit disappointed to learn (through reading reviews) that the print book has entertaining footnotes.
Also, the World Wide Web claims this book has been nabbed for a movie by the people who produced The Hunger Games. True? No idea.