What a fun read! Lots of buzz about the movie and then the book went on sale, so how could I resist, even though it's not my usual fare.
I will admit that I spent a lot of my reading time with a recurring thought of "Really? Is this for real?" going on in my mind because the book seemed to me that it might be reinforcing stereotypes of Asians. But I haven't seen any kind of kickback about it or the movie online and with some of the people I follow, believe me, there'd have been outcry.
Also, it was funny, but some of the scenes and characterisations harkened back to James Clavell's Noble House (which I also thoroughly enjoyed when I read it years and years ago.), mostly those having to do with family heirarchy, the clubs and businesses etc... It was really weird because Clavell is one of the last authors you'd think of when reading a rom-com, right?
Anyway, the characters were fun and seemed very real, despite the over the top setting. I especially loved Astrid, the hero's cousin. She was deliciously over the top yet very vulnerable when you got beneath the surface. I also liked Rachel, the heroine's, friend Piek Lin a whole lot too. Indeed her whole family!
My only problem with the book, really, was that it seemed to end so abruptly. I even checked to make sure I wasn't missing a chapter or an epilogue or something. It doesn't end badly at all, it just felt sudden and quick.
And the story's not done! (It IS a trilogy. *LOL*) So I'll be looking to pick up book 2 and looking forward to watching the movie whenever it hits Netflix or The Movie Network or whichever. (I don't do theatres anymore).