A cherry on top: Rich People Problems

When I finished reading China Rich Girlfriend in 2015, I immediately began looking forward to book three. So to say that I was anticipating Rich People Problems would be a massive understatement.

From the first page of Crazy Rich Asians, I knew that I had found something special, something new. And it’s been a love affair that I will not shut up about ever since.

With this much expectation, Rich People Problems could have been a massive letdown.


I cackled and screeched and laughed my way through this third book with unconcealed glee.


When the matriarch of the family, Su Yi Shang becomes ill, the Youngs, Chengs, Leongs and Shangs all come back to Tyersall Park to stake a claim to her massive fortune. The huge 64 acre property in the middle of Singapore becomes the scene of family scheming, backstabbing and hysterics.

Look, if you haven’t read the first two books, the plot of this one won’t mean anything. If you’ve read the first two and have yet to read the third (how I envy you!) know that all your favourite characters are back and in fine form: Kitty Pong and her stepdaughter Colette Bing are embroiled in a stealth battle of status across the globe, Eddie Cheng is up to all the same tricks while collecting watches and forcing his family to dress just like him, and Astrid and Charlie Wu are trying to make things work while their exes are hell-bent on destroying their lives.

(Also, can we talk about this cover? SO CHIC)

I read this over the long weekend, in the sunshine, and it was glorious. I was messaging Catherine @ The Gilmore Guide to Books (who has a review up that you should read even though I haven’t yet because I wanted to write this first) because I knew she had read it. I had to talk to someone about what I was reading. There were moments, I swear to you, I was screaming in the garden because I was delighted by the audacity of this book. Kevin Kwan is a genius.

Among other things, this book includes a completely over the top Bollywood proposal, a kidnapping at an elite private school, a Nigel Barker photo shoot for Tattle magazine, and plastic surgery for a stupidly expensive FISH. I mean, what more do you WANT?

Look, the world is a garbage fire and it seems to get worst every day. Kevin Kwan’s series is one of the only things I know of that guarantees to take you out of this world. His delicious, gorgeous, over-the-top world filled with intrigues big and small, peopled with some of the most memorable characters, will thrill you. It will put a big ol’ smile on your face. And when you’re done, I’m pretty sure you will join me in obsessively reading Crazy Rich Asians casting/production news.

If you haven’t read these books yet, get on it. If you are waiting to read Rich People Problems, don’t.

Rich People Problems was the cherry on top of a very decadent, perfect, wonderful sundae.

Huge thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for making my dreams come true a little earlier with an ARC of this book. 

23 thoughts on “A cherry on top: Rich People Problems

  1. I’ve got this on my shelf right now, I read the first one but not the second, will this be a problem for me? Also, I love the line ‘the world is a garbage fire’ hahah

    • I think the second is less important in this one – although you would miss out on some GLORIOUS Kitty Pong storylines. Actually, the whole Kitty/Colette part is pretty great but I’m not sure it makes the same impact without China Rich Girlfriend. Just read them all – they are SO FUN!

  2. Oh my God, what is my problem?! You know these books are something I should love. But, I didn’t love Crazy Rich Asians years ago. I thought it was too long, I got bored, and thought it would make a better Bravo reality show than a book.

    But, I really want to like these. I’m almost wondering if I should give book #2 a try.

    • I do not know.

      Maybe you weren’t in the right headspace to appreciate them when you read them?

      China Rich Girlfriend was HILARIOUS. It was so totally crazy, in the best possible way.

      If you do, please report back on your conversion.

  3. Okay, I’m really missing the boat on these ones. I had no idea #3 was coming – now I’m so far behind that it feels daunting. Like the Ferrante quartet. Is there going to be a fourth?

  4. I’m surprised to see a book like this written by a man. Based on the cover and the playful tongue-in-cheek title Crazy Rich Asians, I would assume it’s chick lit. Besides this series, have you ever read chick like written by a guy? I don’t think I have!

    • Now that you mention it, I don’t think I have? I can’t decide if this would fall under the chick lit banner either – I wouldn’t say that the protagonist is a woman (although there are tons of strong, complex women in the books). It has some of the hallmarks – the glitter, the romances, the familial conflict but I just don’t know!

  5. “Audacity”: that’s a great word to use in the context of his writing. Perfect! I thought the first two were fun and I’m looking forward to this one as well. Glad you had SO much fun with it! 🙂

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