This book has the most embarrassing cover – shiny gold with raised pink letters. I could feel the librarian judging me as she silently slid it across the counter. That said, it is insane how much I enjoyed reading this.
Talk about escapist fiction – this is the story of Singapore’s richest and most patrician Chinese family – with all the trimmings. Yes, there are loads of descriptions of couture, private jets, and amazing real estate. The story? Not that it really matters, but it follows Rachel Chu going on holiday to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young. Though they have been dating for two years in the US, she has never realised that Nick is one of the most eligible bachelors in Asia. Of course, his family and the moneyed upper crust are absolutely horrified at the thought of this ABC (“American Born Chinese”) gold digger making off with the prize. There’s general bitchery, a weird threat made with a fish, and masses of backstabbing. What more could you want in an escapist read?
I would suggest this as an awesome holiday book, but it would probably be monumentally depressing to be reading about luxurious private planes while sitting in cramped economy. But it is genuinely funny, with footnote explanations for all the insider info. Okay sure, you won’t feel like your best self when you’re seen with this book in public, but I would suggest just staying home and relishing it.