Book Review: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

I looked forward to reading the third and final installment in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I was nearing the end of my break when I started this novel and hoped to complete it before going back to work.

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance


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. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls.

With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises.

As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette.

My thoughts: 

The third novel in the trilogy does neatly tie up the ends to all the characters’ stories in the series. By the end of the last page, all of the reader’s questions are answered; and all the relationships Kwan has explored are shown to have reached a positive point in the story. In order to reach the positive ending of the story, we read of more antics by the ultra rich and their progeny; and wish for an ending that would favour our favourite characters.

Kwan does satisfy a reader’s desire to know answers, but I feel that he could have done it in less pages. Even though I was enjoying the story, there were times when I felt it was repetitive (maybe because I read all three novels one after the other). Repetitive not because the same action was described; but repetitive because the same sense of entitlement and exaggeration was described. There were times when I felt that Kwan could have added a little more meat to the story, and less fluff. In addition, I did not find the third novel in the series as humorous as the first two.

Having said that, I did enjoy the novel for its conclusion to a wonderful story and I would recommend it as a light read.

Have you read the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy? What did you think of it?

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 4th in my book pledge for 2019)

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

  1. It sounds like quite the potboiler, and rather like the Regency romances I read, with different characters and setting but still the same rich-people and want-to-be-rich-people problems. I’m glad you enjoyed the series.


  2. Maybe I’ll spread out my reading of the other two novels after that review – just to see if that alters how the last one is received. Although, I do know what you mean about a little more meat and less fluff. (Lovely way to describe it.)


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