Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, 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 birth father.
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 fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birth father, 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.
"Lydia Look is an expert narrator of this hyperbolic story of billionaires in Asia. She distinguishes between the dizzying, mostly female, cast of characters, juggling middle-aged mothers and young brides as well as bored young men." (AudioFile)
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Rachel Reduced to a Gawking Twit
I enjoyed the book but was so disappointed that Rachel has been reduced to a gawking twit - standing around and saying "wowie" to whatever spectacle is in front of her. She was such a well developed character in the first book that this is a real shame. The author uses her almost entirely as a device to represent the reader's awe in the face material excess. I think the narrator exacerbates this in her interpretation of Rachel. She reads her like a teenage voice rather than an adult woman. Lydia Look does an amazing job with all of the other characters so this is just a bad choice because otherwise she is a phenomenal narrator. All that being said I would read through whatever it takes to get to Astrid - what a great character. Looking forward to the next installation!
Fun Story. Discontinuity of narrators.