China Rich Girlfriend, the second book in Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, is an even juicier morsel than the last. Things move at a much swifter pace--the whole thing snaps, pops, crackles, and sizzles. My enjoyment of this book was also increased by the fact that I now know the characters (with the exception of a few new ones that are introduced); there was no need to search through the elaborate family tree when the POV changed thinking "Wait, who is this? How are they related to so-and-so?" If you haven't read CRA yet, don't worry. As always, I'll do my best to avoid spoilers.
1. I came across an interview with Kevin Kwan where he said something to the the effect that it wasn't his intention to make people hungry when he described food in his books. Well Mr. Kwan, I have to tell you, once again you've gone ahead and done that anyway. I mean I'm a vegetarian who never really liked seafood when I did eat meat, and I still found myself thinking I'd shank someone for a taste of those lobster noodles he describes early on in the story.
2. Let's talk Kitty Pong. She's a character I didn't pay much attention to in CRA, but I really came to appreciate her in this one. Sure she's both a gold-digger and a shameless social climber, but when I saw her trying her hardest to break into the closed-off world of the snooty elites, I found myself rooting for her. Not to spoil anything, but I found myself cracking up at the surprise twist in her story line. No one can deny that the chick has some hustle.
3. Rachel Chu deserves to be nominated for sainthood for the amount of patience she consistently displays. I don't mean it as a sign of passivity; as a whole, she's much more self-assured in this installment. Still, consider the fact when THE BIG THING NEAR THE END happens, she's surprisingly chill about it. I suppose that when one manages to deal with the savagery of the wealthy elite like she did in CRA and still comes out in one piece, everything else pales in comparison.