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Summary

The fabulous new novel from the best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians

When Lucy Tang Churchill meets George Zao at a lavish Capri wedding, she can’t stand him. He’s a mama’s boy. A self-righteous eco-warrior. A brooding weirdo that takes himself much too seriously. And no-one should look that good in tight white Speedos.

Worried about what her Mayflower-descended, Wall Street-wealthy family might think of this Hong Kong surfer boy, Lucy returns to the safety of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. So when she meets Cecil, a suave billionaire more concerned with his Instagram account than the planet, she thinks she’s found the perfect way to forget that moonlit night.

Beneath the lobster ravioli, Valentino bikinis, mega-yachts and Park Avenue apartments lurks the horror of the ‘informal’ dress code and the fear that someone, somewhere, is drinking a better vintage Champagne. 

Gloriously decadent and wildly romantic, Sex and Vanity is a delicious satire on the grandest of scales.

©2020 Kevin Kwan (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Modern Adaptation of A Room with a View

This is literally a modern adaptation of A Room with a View, as soon as it got to the bit about them not having good views in their rooms it clicked. it's a good adaptation, I love how discriptive Kwan is with food and scenery and fashion and it's well adapted to modern times and I love that it touched on casual racism and how as a character of mixed descent it can be difficult to feel a part of either cultures but I did find Lucie to be even more insufferable a character than the original version if that is even possible.

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Expected more

I loved Crazy Rich Asians so I decided to read more from the author and started with this (maybe should have stayed with the Crazy Rich series initially). Whilst it is good I struggled to like the main characters and that aussie accent isn't the best.

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so lousy

worst case that I had come across. plot was meaningless and the narrator had such terrible intonation and diction.

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Yeah this book isn’t that good. There are some good comedic bits and the over the top descriptions are kind of fun but all the characters suck in this and the romance is tepid and lame

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Summer listen, but nothing different

Some of the characters were quite irritating. Plot isn't anything extraordinary, but light listen during the pandemic and had me dreaming of holidays in Capri!

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Not a patch on crazy rich Asians

Poor character development with no depth. I couldn’t buy into the protagonist’s journey or actions.

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Aspirational but predictable

I enjoyed hearing every detail about the gorgeous locations and glamorous gowns, and imagining what it might be like to experience such an exclusive lifestyle. However, the plot (in particular, the love triangle) didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would. It seemed like a no-brainer who Lucy should end up with so the latter half did feel like a bit of a slog and I had to listen in small doses as my mind kept wandering. I did enjoy how cinematic the book felt though. Planning a visit to Capri asap!

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not as good as I thought

book was ok. I found that the narrator was not for me. The accents were all similar and she kept getting characters and accents confused

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Not the best listen

struggled to finish it. This book is no where near as good as the crazy rich Asians series.i expected more from this book, but felt the main characters lacked depth.

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No Spark

I wanted to enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the Crazy Rich Asian's trilogy but there's nothing here but fancy addresses in New York and brand dropping of big designer names. No chemistry between the main characters, just a totally flat story
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Listening is a struggle

I’m unsure how long it will take me to listen to the whole book as the narrator is absolutely horrible. Each sentence is said as if they are the announcer at a boxing match building to a crescendo. In addition the narrator speaks each line so quickly like they’re trying to get in as many words as possible in as short a time as possible. I may have to buy the actual book for their one. I just cannot get into it. Such a shame.

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