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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