My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
Summary: Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.
On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.
I didn't enjoy this as much nor blaze through this one like I did Crazy Rich Asians. There wasn't a lot of momentum or plot but there were a ton more characters and name brands to add to the fizz. The Kitty thread was just okay but probably because I didn't think she was that important or compelling in the first book. Climbers gonna climb. *shrug* I think this had the all too common "middle book syndrome". All I really cared about were Astrid, Rachel & Nicholas and whether or not his grandmother had decided not to disinherit him for marrying low afterall. Perhaps that'll be covered in the next book because of course I plan on reading it. It's still frothy but I didn't think this one was as much fun as the first. Neutral on recommend unless you're a die-hard fan of the series but I quite feel I could have skipped this one, read the last & been perfectly satisfied.