This year, the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan became one of my favorite book series of all time. I devoured them immediately, one right after the other like candy. I find all three books hilarious and endearing. I loved them so much that I’m jealous of readers who have yet to experience them for the first time. I haven’t felt this way about a series since Harry Potter. That is the highest praise I could ever give a book or series.
Here’s the synopsis from the back of the book:
“When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.” (Kwan, Kevin. Crazy Rich Asians. Anchor, 2014)
I’m ashamed to admit that when I first picked up Crazy Rich Asians, I didn’t know it was a trilogy. It popped up on one of those random “Books You Should be Reading” lists from Bustle or Buzzfeed. It had a quick little blurb that enticed me, so I added it to my to be read (TBR) list without further research.
Earlier this year I heard that the Crazy Rich Asians movie was opening in August. I HAD to read it before the masses! The book quickly moved to the top of my TBR pile. So I bought it quickly on my Kindle. I had no time for shipping; this was an emergency! (Sidenote: Most of my favorite books live on my Kindle. I always feel the urge to buy them and read them immediately. But I really should collect physical copies! I’ll work on that.) I was so into the book from the first page. As I neared the end, I noticed that a lot of things were happening in the plot. There was no way everything was going to be resolved by the last page! I started to panic, like actually panic. No! I needed to know what happened to these characters! How dare this book end on a cliffhanger! Then it dawned on me. Kevin Kwan had two other books. Were those somehow related to Crazy Rich Asians? Duh! They WERE! Of course it was a trilogy. I felt silly that I hadn’t realized it was a series. So obviously I bought the next two immediately on my Kindle and proceeded to read them in succession. I loved all three.
I thought about what to pair with Kwan’s series. Should I look up a mixed drink recipe from Singapore? Do I splurge on an expensive bottle of wine to go with the crazy rich theme? Or do I pair it with a cheap wine as a juxtaposition and nod to the main character, Rachel Chu, who ISN’T crazy rich? The possibilities were endless.
At the time I was reading Crazy Rich Asians, I was super into SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc. I’m actually still super into it because it’s inexpensive, I can find it anywhere, and it tastes darn good. So I decided to pair the series with SeaGlass. Two of my favorite things! You can buy a cheap bottle of wine and live vicariously through the crazy rich characters while not breaking the bank!
The wine is super crisp and light-bodied with a clean finish. There are notes of lemon, melon, and tropical fruit. It is my go-to wine and it’s ALWAYS on sale at my local liquor store! It’s by far, my favorite inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc, but it doesn’t taste cheap. It’s a great quality wine for its price. I keep multiple bottles in my wine fridge at all times – you know, for emergencies.
Last Friday I had a ton of Amazon digital credits and decided to rent Crazy Rich Asians. I never saw it in the movie theater because quite frankly, I don’t enjoy going to movie theaters. It’s not my thing. I’d rather watch a movie at home on the couch with my wine. So I poured a glass of SeaGlass and settled in to watch.
Typically, I am the person who enjoys the book more than the movie. However, this is the first time I can say that I love both the book and movie equally. Did the movie leave out details that were in the book? Yes. But the integrity of the main plot was there and it made sense. I loved it. In fact, I loved it so much that I watched it again on Saturday before my rental expired.
I can honestly say that I haven’t enjoyed a movie, or book series for that matter, as much as I enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians in a VERY long time.
Have you ever liked a movie just as much as the book?
*I was not compensated for my review. All thoughts and images are my own.*