In an odd turn of events, my roommate actually beat me to this series, a trilogy by Kevin Kwan that everyone praises highly. But it was the movie that really drew me in–maybe because I have commitment issues. Add in super sexy Henry Golding, great music, and a visually stunning landscape and I’m sold on this story.
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
Now, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get a movie of the second and third books, but I feel like this movie/first book alone combo is so well done that you almost don’t need one. Sure, we don’t see the END of Rachel and Nick, but we have a HEA and I cried like a contented baby. Plus, the cast is SO popular now it might be hard to wrangle them back for a second or third movie.
THIS TRAILER THOUGH, right?
Henry Golding, hot damn. And there’s so much humor and heart in this movie. I can’t really attest to how “book accurate it is” and I’m sure it’s not perfect, but it made people everywhere WANT to read the book, so I can’t complain about that. It’s like a culturally-aware rom com with amazing scenery, what more could you want?