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This book is making me fifty shades richer

Entertaining. Outlandish. A Guilty Pleasure.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan is at it again, with his third instalment of the Crazy Rich Asians series, and it's everything you've come to expect in a Kevin Kwan novel. Lavish lifestyles complete with private jets, torrid affairs, family squabbles, and of course, inheritance woes. At the centre of it all, is Tyersall Park, a billion dollar estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of Singapore. 

The same old suspects are back in Kevin Kwan's third novel, Rich People Problems. Three prominent families - The Young, T'Sien & Shang clans - are back to claim their matriarch's massive fortune. Ah Ma is rich...super rich. Did I mention, she's the one who owns Tyersall Park? 

The book starts off with her suddenly falling ill, which mitigates some concern, but also inspires greed amongst all the relatives. Who's going to inherit Tyersall Park if something happens to Ah Ma? Nick Young, who has been estranged from his Ah Ma (grandmother) for five years, since he married Rachael (the girl his grandmother did not approve of mainly because she was deemed a commoner), used to be the all-time fave. But, Nick has been ousted for marrying an outsider and settling in the US. Eddie is in the running (or so he thinks). Then, there's Astrid, a darling of Ah Ma's. But Astrid is a girl, and that's something that has never been done in the entire history of patriarchal lineage. 

Astrid Leong is one of my favourite characters in this series. The stunning, but understated daughter of Harry Leong and Felicity Young. Felicity's mother, is Shang Su Yi (a.k.a. Ah Ma) who owns Tyersall Park, the largest private estate in Singapore. Astrid's was scooped in London and Paris, and enjoys a lifestyle amongst the A-list fashion designers, celebrity artists, and deposed European royals. In Rich People Problems, she's at the centre of her own storm, going through a divorce and in love with her old sweetheart, Charlie Wu. 

With all its ridiculousness, Rich People Problems embodies a kernel of truth. Parents want the best for their kids. And, these super rich parents are no different. Except perhaps their wants are bizarrely outrageous, like for their kids to marry the Prince(ss) of Possibility, or rather Prince(ss) Of Certainty...someone who comes with a vault full of billions, and a private jet, of course. So, these plutocrats use what all regular parents do with their kids. They guilt trip them. 

The book is not for everyone, obviously...but a guilty pleasure for those who care to binge read a novel that's highly entertaining and out of this world (well my world, anyway). Kevin Kwan is a pro at connecting us at different levels. With references to popular culture, he lures the reader in, and is able to make his world identifiable. Everything from calling out The Red Wedding in Game Of Thrones, to family dramas that we can all relate to in our own, semi-detached homes. 

For the fans of Kevin Kwan, Rich People Problems will not disappoint. It's one of those books that unites bloggers and readers, whether they are a literary snob or swear by YA. Don't forget to pack Rich People Problems to the beach this summer. 

You can also read a review of Kevin Kwan's novel China Rich Girlfriend


Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle) 

Rich People Problems is published by Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, and distributed in Canada by Random House Of Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, Toronto.