Summary: When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families. (Summary from Goodreads)
I feel like I have been waiting for this series my entire life.
Let me explain. I LOVE ridiculously rich, wish fulfillment type stories. I think almost everyone has these dreams of having a life where money is not an issue. And Kevin Kwan D-E-L-I-V-E-R-S.
I’m not going to lie, I loved the first book and felt mehhhhh about the second. Like I said in my post about The Raven Cycle, the last book in any series can either be amazing or awful (actually, I think I said “shit”). This one was pretty amazing, to be honest. All of the loose threads of drama got tied up in a nice bow and you know what? I liked it. Sometimes it’s nice to have all of the problems resolved. Wish fulfillment, right?
A lot of people can relate to the family drama, the ridiculous relatives, the fight over money. And Kwan manages to explore these theme but in a humorous, and sometimes ridiculous, way.
The reason I knocked off one star was because the ending felt a little rushed. While I said I liked that all of the issues were solved, it also felt a bit like Kwan was handing us the solution rather than exploring it more deeply. And I enjoyed the book so much that I wanted MORE.
I know it’s cliche to say, but this is your summer beach read. It’s also your fall beach read. And your winter.