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Book Thoughts: China Rich Girlfriend (Kevin Kwan)

★★★☆☆☆☆

Title: China Rich Girlfriend
Author: Kevin Kwan
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary   Pages: 480
First published: 2015
Edition: Kindle e-book

Rachel still mourns the fact that her birth father, 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.

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I quite enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians, so I was quite looking forward to reading this one,but it left me a bit disappointed.

This second book seemed to lack the sense of fun that the first book had and to be honest I found it a bit of a plod to finish. Overall the writing was not bad, but the story just did not grab me. The largest part of the cast I simply did not care about and the ones I did had only smaller parts.

There is only so much description of riches and gossip I can take. It was fun in the first book, but this one notched it up a gear and it was a gear too far for me. There was a lot of fluff in this book, and really not that much substance.

I have no idea why this book needed to be this long. The story was rather flimsy and it was simply a little ridiculous. Although I have some attachment to some of the characters, I am unlikely to read more of this author. I just lost interest.

3 out of 7 stars

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