Genre: Fiction, Romance
Published: May 23. 2017 by: Doubleday
Rating: 4/5 stars
Content warning: on-page attempted suicide, manic episodes brought on by bi-polar disorder.
Su Yi, the beloved matriarch of the wealthy Young family, has taken to her death bed, and the entire family from all across the globe have rushed to her bedside. However, some of these family members have more malicious intentions, as Su Yi's prized estate Tyersall Park will be a hot commodity after her death. Nicholas Young vows to make things right with his grandmother after she disowned him. Meanwhile, Su Yi's granddaughter Astrid is caught in her own troubles, as she is trying to reclaim her love with Charlie Wu while her ex-husband tries to ruin her reputation. Rich People Problems is the last installment in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, and showcases the lavish lives of families from all corners of Asia, all dealing with their own rich people problems.
You know when you've enjoyed a series so much that it actually pains you to let it go? That was me with the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. The dialogue across all three books is just so hilarious, the stories both heartwarming and drama-filled. I didn't think that this book could introduce even more characters with inter-lapping storylines, and yet it did.
What I appreciate about Kwan is how he is able to keep track of so many characters. Seriously, the family tree of all of these people is such a feat in itself. Kwan is able to have so many intersecting storylines, because some characters are related to others, some are newly divorced, some are illegitimate children, it's all just wild. With all of these characters, you are able to love some, loath some, and overall you just get an entire range of diverse individuals who represent every inch of Asian elite life. It's so fascinating.
I wouldn't have wanted Kwan to end this trilogy in any other way. The series starts with the drama of the acclaimed Young clan, and it had to end with it. Su Yi's illness is expected, as is the bunch of greedy family members who want Tyersall Park in their name. But what wasn't expected, is how many Young family secrets were spilled in this book. Things did shock me, there is no doubt about that. Overall this book was anything but predictable.
I would definitely say that I preferred this book to the second, however the first is still my favourite. Since this book introduces even more characters, I did find myself missing the antics of Eleanor Young and the other core Young family members that is more present in the first book. That being said, we definitely see more of Eleanor in this book than in the second, which was a big improvement.
Overall, Rich People Problems was a satisfying conclusion. I think Kwan came up with a really unique storyline through these three books, and I am sad to have to part with it. But, I do see many re-reads in my future and I can't wait for the series to continue with the movie adaptations.
Have you read Rich People Problems? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess