This is one of those books that I think my opinion goes against popular opinion. I am honestly confused about the popularity of this book. It makes me want to search out great Asian literature (that has been translated into English).
I am most commonly drawn to books with strong and detailed characters. This book did not have characters, it had people stuffed into designer clothes. People were described first by the labels that they were wearing. Their personalities and physical characteristics were rarely mentioned. The people were all a mass lump only separated by poor and uber rich. I know nothing about designer labels, so this all went completely over my head and detached me from the book.
If my boyfriend 'forgot' to tell me he was a billionaire before taking me to meet his family, especially if I know that his culture is deeply rooted in tradition, I would be livid. Rachel does not even get upset until the end of the book and by that point it no longer makes sense. Of course it only lasts for a few pages.
This is the only book that I think the movie will turn out better than the book. From what I heard the movie is at least set up like a fairy tale. The book is not. While I am not a big fan of fairy tale romance books, that would at least make sense. How this novel is structured left me wondering, why? If there was an overall message of this book I think it is - if you have money make sure to flaunt it, but only in a humane way.
I wanted to DNF this book so often, the only reason I kept going is because this book is so huge and I wanted to write a review of the entire novel. I actually tried to make myself like this book and then something else ridiculous happened and I could not.
I listened to this book in audio book, which did not help. The accents kept changing, for the same character. They often did not fit the character. I felt like I had to fight past the narrator to get to the book. Except the book itself was also not that great.
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