Sex and Vanity

Sex and Vanity

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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"The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds--the WASP establishment of her father's family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with"--
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385546287
0385546289
9780385546270
0385546270
9780385546362
038554636X
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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C_reads
Nov 15, 2020

Crazy Rich Asians trilogy truly raised the bar. I was highly anticipating the latest novel from Kevin Kwan but could not understand what happened here. There was so little character development from the main two protagonists. Instead we are reading background information and lives of side characters that don’t really contribute to the main story whatever that was intended to be. Not my favorite unfortunately since I absolute loved Crazy Rich Asians.

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csrestall
Nov 09, 2020

I enjoyed this latest book from the Crazy Rich Asians author. It was a fun read, nice to distract yourself from COVID woes. There are some fun travel parts which might help people feel better. Also the romance with light and flirty. The characters and plot didnt seem as fleshed out as the CRA trilogy however it was still a fun read. It will be interesting to see if he writes another one as i think there is a possibility for more with this family. There were also some small mentions of characters in the CRA trilogy as well. The one at the end of the book (make sure you read the footnotes) made me laugh out loud and have to put the book down for a minute! Over all do not regret reading it at all. Fun to pass the time!

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volare
Nov 06, 2020

Not worth the wait. I was expecting something like the Crazy Asian trilogy of humour, pathos and fun but this was just so terrible. I almost did not finish but thought perhaps the author might redeem himself in the last half but no such luck.

mazinwhistler Nov 04, 2020

If you were a fan of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, Kevin Kwan's new book 'Sex and Vanity' is for you. Another melodramatic story of love, crazy family relationships, sex, money, race and status that takes you an ride to the world of the super wealthy. A great escape from current reality - super fun, easy and quick to read.

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lpottinger
Nov 01, 2020

I can't stomach this book. I love the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy! They were funny, entertaining and addictive but this book is so friggin dull and boring. I can stand how he puts the characters' education in brackets. Really?? I get that vanity is in the title but.. Really?

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kwsmith
Sep 28, 2020

I thought the three "Crazy Rich Asians" books were brilliant romantic comedy gold. Unfortunately, this new book by Kevin Kwan is good, but not as golden. I'm not certain if Kwan simply ran out of ideas or if he wanted to try a cute literary experiment; however, the fact remains that this book is a character-for-character and scene-for-scene copy of E.M. Forester's more famous romantic comedy "A Room with a View." I found the principle characters, Lucie (Forester's Lucy) and George (Forester's George), mostly dull and flat. Still, I enjoyed Kwan's trademark subtle skewering of modern rich culture and his lavish descriptions of exotic weddings and chic designer fashions that I'll never be able to afford. The last half of the book is much better than the first half.

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kiml00
Sep 19, 2020

This is a light hearted quick read. I was in a very dark mood and didn’t even enjoy reading when I started this book. It really helped lifted my mood with its silly outrageous characters. There’s some drama (why wouldn’t there be? It’s about rich people who tried to impress each other) but not a lot of stressful tensions (I have enough stress in real life and does not need to add more anxiety from reading fiction stories). There’s a little bit of a theme about cultural clash between the West and the East and finding oneself but nothing too heavy. The references to Hong Kong celebrities in the 90s brought back some good memories. I did have to use google quite a bit as I’ve never been to the places or heard of some the names that were mentioned in the book (poor me -pun intended-as I can’t afford to visit or own anything from these places/people). I really enjoyed it and it was a fun read.

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writermala
Aug 13, 2020

Did you like "Crazy Rich Asians?" Well, this is more of the same - a lot more. (Over 300 pages of 'Crazy' rich Asians.) I liked the character of Lucie and maybe even George but the supporting cast was meh. The romance proceeded exactly as expected. My only complaint about the book is that it was way too long. I wish it had been, say, 250 pages. It would have been just right. I'm sure Kevin Kwan is not your average author who needs his publisher to pay by the word.

LoganLib_Kirra Aug 06, 2020

This book was so cute, from the start I was swept up in their glamour and I fell instantly in love with Lucie and George’s chemistry. I really wanted to see Lucie embrace both sides of her heritage in this book and follow her heart over trying to suppress it and how she feels. Overall, this book seemed to fly by and it took me no time at all to read. There was romance, hilarity, drama, and big-money moves. It was another enjoyable and hearty read from Kevin Kwan.

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retiredtoread
Jul 08, 2020

Love this author - have read all his books.

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