china rich girlfriend book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel for the phenomenal bestseller Crazy Rich Asians. China Rich Girlfriend takes off two years from where the previous novel left off.

Rachel Chu is upset on the eve of her wedding to the young heir and Asia’s most eligible bachelor, Nicholas Young. The characters are finally getting married after the scheming and plotting of Nick’s mother Eleanor in the previous book. The sequel is wickedly hilarious with even more twists and turns than the previous novel. Rachel is on another journey with Nick and this time around, they’re looking for her birth father. Rachel has all the things most women desire–a dream wedding with the perfect wedding dress, an Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, and even an amazing fiance who would sacrifice everything for her, including his inheritance. What’s lacking is a part of her family – her birth father – and Rachel mourns his absence and wishes he was there to walk her down the isle.

Readers will follow Rachel’s journey as she is shoved into the elite social scene of Hong Kong whether she actually wants to be there or not. This brings her to mainland China. Singapore sounded insane in the previous book but China is even more fascinating to read about. Readers will also get a glimpse of Michael and Astrid’s journey and their story. There are several other characters introduced in the story; I found Corrina in particular to be very likable. She’s a consultant who helps people “get into” the billionaire class.

The author Kevin Kwan delivers well in the comedy section. The novel does seem to poke fun of the wealthy Asians but it’s done in a way that is not meant to be offensive. Kwan also reveals that some of the stories are based on his previous experiences. The novel is balanced out with family conflict, drama, romance, and a plot many would enjoy. I do prefer the previous book, Crazy Rich Asians over the sequel, although this one is hilarious in its own way. You can’t help but root for Rachel and Nick–they’re made for each other. They’re the rate few sane people in this novel although, the others are quite entertaining. I’m also fond of Astrid who is Nick’s cousin; she is trying to save her marriage and is a woman many females will be able to relate to. The author has mentioned that there will be a third book and I definitely excited to give it a read.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Doubleday. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.