Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Rich People Problems’.

I am SO excited to say that last night, I finished reading “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan, which is the third book in the “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy!

Not only has this book been sitting on my side table for MONTHS — only because I was putting other things before reading time — but it was the last library book I had in my stash, so I can actually return it and reactivate my account after having it get suspended for so many late books. Ugh, I know.

Anyway, let me jump right in. Here is the scoop on “Rich People Problems”:

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.

I read the first two books of the trilogy last year and really enjoyed them. However, I will say the characters are a little difficult to keep track of; but I have that problem with many books.

This one was actually my favorite among the three. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I thought it had a really good balance of drama, a little bit of glamour and it wrapped up the entire saga very nicely. I hope they make a movie on books two and three!

Now that I’ve finished my library books, I’m tackling books that have been sitting on my shelf — some have only been there for weeks, while others have been there for years — and I’ve outline which books I want to read each month so I already know what book I’m reading next…

It’s “Dear Sweet Pea” by Julie Murphy. I’ve read all of her other books, and this one is her latest one, but it’s her first middle grade novel. I’m pretty pumped to read it!

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