Sex and Vanity

❴KINDLE❵ ❄ Sex and Vanity Author Kevin Kwan – 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 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 withOn her very first morning on the Sex and ePUB Æ jewel like island of Capri Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao and she instantly can’t stand him She can’t stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have the view of the Tyrrhenian Sea she can’t stand that he knows about Curzio Malaparte than she does and she really can’t stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish disapproving cousin Charlotte “Your mother is Chinese so it’s no surprise you’d be attracted to someone like him” Charlotte teases Daughter of an American born Chinese mother and blue blooded New York father Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side and she adamantly denies having feelings for George But several years later when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton where Lucie is weekending with her new fiancé Lucie finds herself drawn to George again Soon Lucy is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family her fiancé the co op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world–and her heart Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story a daring homage to A Room with a View and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.Sex and Vanity


Sex and Vanity Epub ✓ Sex and  ePUB Æ
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Sex and Vanity
  • Kevin Kwan
  • 04 September 2016
  • 9780385695404

10 thoughts on “Sex and Vanity

  1. says:

    takes deep breath prepares for pitchforksOkay Okay okay okay okay OKAY I'm sorry to say it butI wasn't a fan of this novelRetellings of any sort are difficult I should know; I'm the bitch who read four different Pride Prejudice retellings in the past two months I hate me too One thing I've learned from seeing how a variety of authors reinterpret past literature is that the best adaptations are those that don't just shuffle a few things around and give the source material a fresh coat of paint; they really seek to rebuild that work from scratch and keep its essential lessons while providing a new landscapeWhen I was reading Sex and Vanity I intentionally tried not to compared it to Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians series However that's impossible to do here This novel is written with the identical dishy tone and footnotes as Kwan's first three novels and while the characters are different a lot of the overarching messages and world building were very similarBut when I thought about it what was much difficult to overlook was that Sex and Vanity's arc was much like Crazy Rich Asians' narrative in many ways except I think Rachel Chu made for a much captivating heroine than Lucie Some of the themes that Kwan touched on were good but again we've seen many of them before in other iterations of his previous work If I was going to write a dissertation on this Lord help us it'd be that Crazy Rich Asians could possibly be seen as the elevated and enlightened retelling of A Room With a View in some aspects than the novel that's supposed to be an adaptationThat said I definitely think this book will be a great summer beach read for many people; it's light the characters are airily unlikable at worst and you can hit a fun fashion designer name on every page Perhaps some people will find its similarities to the Crazy Rich Asians series to be its greatest strength I just think it lacked that extra little something to take it to the next level and I'm sad I didn't like it

  2. says:

    Two different aspects are colliding each other and giving me painful headache about this book It’s not something between hate and love It is just mostly between hmm okay not Crazy Rich Asians kind of humorous smart entertaining but it is “meh” kind of read and “Ohno” It’s a true crime to call this book retelling of “ A room with a view”whirling opinions take tours around my overused brain cellsI have to admit when I start my reading I had no clue this book was retelling of E M Forster’s “ A room with a view” which is set in England in early 1900’s Well to prove my point I have to summarize the story of the book this is the story of English woman named Lucy Honeychurch whose life has been transformed after her visit to Italy She is accompanied by her fussy cousin Charlotte Bartlett As soon as they arrived to their hotel In Florence they found out their room didn’t have a view of Arlo as they expected which made them disappointed but at the dinner they met Mr Emerson a British man who loved to attract attention offered them to switch their roomsAfter a few “Oh that would be inappropriate” “ What would people think” “No thanks” later they finally accepted the offer But after Lucy and Mr Emerson’s son George’s paths’ crossing and sharing a passionate kiss Lucy realizes her life completely changedAnd let’s get back to our retold story Lucie Tang Churchill 19 years old attends her friend’s destination wedding on Capri and she meets with charming George Zeo After being caught in an humiliated situation cousin Charlotte helps her whisk away And 5 years later two of them meet again but now Lucie is engaged with Cecil who is coming from wealthy powerful family But is he truly in love with her or is he attracted of her powerful social media impression?I actually found characters flat boring and irritating But the author’s approach to racism class differences were the best parts of the book Of course the sarcastic look to the extremely rich people’s lives and tone of exaggeration make you entertainBut overall as a retelling the book is disappointing So I wanted to consider this as a stand alone entertaining romantic thought provoking novel which didn’t fit my expectations So I wanted to stay at my Switzerland territory which means I didn’t like or hate it I think I’d better forget it after finishing kind of three starred readOne time I’m thanking to NetGalley and Edelweiss for rejecting me because I was expecting something enjoyable vivid but unfortunately it’s a mediocre and forgettable read for mebloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  3. says:

    New week new BookTube Video all about the books sent to me in July and AugustSo excited to get my hands on Kwan's latest and possibly greatest? I feel like I've been waiting years for this moment A huge thank you to DoubleDay Books and Kevin Kwan for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    Find all of my reviews at I reuested this thinking I was a total longshot at getting approved I mean this Kevin guy might have a career in writing know what I’m saying? If you know me you know I’m not super big on books in a series so I’ve been awaiting the day Kwan would break out of the Crazy Rich Asian world and introduce us to some new characters I about pooped myself when I received the approval and couldn’t wait to start Especially after coming off a book high with The Heart’s Invisible Furies I was 100% interested in something light and fun in order to cure my book hangover This may not have been a Rachel and Nick story but from the cover alone I knew I was going to get to experience the opulence my real life contains zero of You know what I’m talking about What I did not know I was getting? A modernization of my favorite book of all time That was like “pass the smelling salts please ‘cause momma ‘bout to pass out from excite” You might want to take my rating with a grain of salt because I am absolutely biased here That being said I read a lot of modernizations usually PP but I do mix it up with Shakespeare retellings and others occasionally and thought this one was well done and oh so much fun It doesn’t come out until July sorry but that’s the perfect time to soak up some sun and read about rich people vacationing in Capri and the Hamptons anyway so add it to the TBR if you need to treat yo self ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you NetGalley

  5. says:

    I am so bitterly disappointed Just kidding Unfortunately I was so nonplussed with this book that it wasn't even painful when I didn't like itWhen an author hits it big with a debut or series in this case they have a lot of pressure when they're writing their next book and almost always their sopho novel or series is subparThis was the case with Sex and Vanity From the first chapter I felt like I was reading Crazy Rich Asians and that feeling continued all the way until the last page If this had been Kwan's debut and if Crazy Rich Asians didn't exist I may have rated it four or five stars but it just felt too similar It almost seems like there may have been building pressure from the publisher fans or even Kwan himself to publish another book considering it had been three years since his last one and he had been consistently publishing every two years since 2013Whatever the case I didn't enjoy this book It was pretty disappointing and unoriginal I was really hoping for something new Oh well| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  6. says:

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI found this book to be very disappointing The first part set on Capri was mostly fun but even there the problems that would persist throughout showed Lucie around whom the story revolves was bizarrely naive and sheltered for a rich American city girl in college in 2013 and her companioncousin Charlotte was likewise bizarrely fusty and prim Eventually realizing that this is a modern retelling of A Room With A View didn't help because Charlotte's concerns about proper behavior and decorum and Lucie's inexperience seem incredibly out of touch for 21st century women not raised in convents All of the other characters are unlikable except Lucie's mother Marian who appears late in the story and Mrs Zao who is painted as flamboyant and embarrassing but clearly just has a good heart If you're familiar with A Room With A View there are no surprises in the plot If you're familiar with typical romance novel tropes there are no surprises in the plot If you're a fan of the over the top rich people nonsense from CRA you'll enjoy the even over the top rich people nonsense here But if you're looking for a repeat of the fun of Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians series look elsewhere

  7. says:

    YES YES YESThe other day I was thinking about how I miss the Crazy Rich Asians books and now we're getting new Kevin Kwan content• Release Date July 14th 2020 •ps this book is not part of the Crazy Rich Asians series

  8. says:

    Sex and Vanity is another zany tale of wealth love and excess from Kevin Kwan the author of Crazy Rich Asians and its seuels⁣When we align with the truth of who we are all things are possibleLucie Churchill arrives on the gorgeous island of Capri for the wedding of her old babysitter She can’t believe she’s been invited to what will inarguably be the wedding of the year especially in such a beautiful location She also can’t believe she’s being chaperoned by her older cousin Charlotte who always reminds the half Chinese half American to “think of her white family’s name” when doing things⁣When Lucie meets the handsome intelligent George Zao something about him makes her bristle He seems to always be where she is he always seems to know everything and he’s too confident But when an incident brings them together she suddenly can’t get him out of her mind no matter how much she tries And when they are caught in a delicate position she is forced to leave Capri and forget him for good⁣⁣A few years later now engaged to society’s most in demand bachelor Lucie runs into George again The that she learns about him the she becomes conflicted about how she feels In the end she does everything she can to push him away to once again sublimate the Chinese side of her heritage ⁣What will win out heart or heritage? Love or social appropriateness? Once again Kwan brings his trademark sly humor along with his immense descriptive talent This is a book that should be seen felt and tasted because everything sounds so breathtaking Plus most of the food sounds utterly outrageous⁣⁣This book didn’t really wow me though as much as the Crazy Rich Asians series did I think there was fun in those books and the romances were exciting Even the constant bragging got old after awhile But despite its shortcomings I still enjoyed the book and I will read everything Kwan writes I just wanted to love this one ⁣Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomFollow me on Instagram at

  9. says:

    A whirlwind I’m dazedI was initially wary when I read the synopsis which states our protagonist Lucie Tang Churchill “has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side” A story about the internalized racism of a biracial woman born to a WASP dad and Asian mom written by a non biracial Asian man? Why? In Crazy Rich Asians there is a line about Rachel Chu not dating Asian men that was cut from the movie as not to perpetuate stereotypes I wondered about this book’s intentionsSo I hesitantly started reading I uickly got hooked and lost myself in this opulent worldKevin Kwan writes Lucie with empathy and sensitivity She is complex not a raging self hating caricature She was raised with Chinese culture through her mom and respects it But it’s not easy being biracial in her rich snooty circles Her white cousin Charlotte constantly others her by declaring “her mother is Chinese but her father is American” though Marian Tang was born in Seattle Her paternal grandmother is very patronizing and has always referred to her as an “exuisite little china doll” Asians casually ask what she is and dissect her bloodlines in front of her as if she is an object a prized breed Lucie notes how an Asian woman with flashy clothes and a strong accent is singled out for derision though other rich people around them dress just as gaudily Her white passing brother moves through the world with ease Lucie’s mother is a strong proud woman but she alone can’t shield her daughter from the shame of being differentA lifetime of microaggressions is why Lucie fights her instant attraction to George Zao whom she first meets in Capri when she is 19 during a friend’s extravagant destination wedding George is kind handsome and so comfortable in his own skin as a Chinese person and perhaps Lucie resents that most of all But they are so drawn to each other as if they’d been involved in a past life They have a dalliance part in dramatic circumstances and cross paths again 5 years later in NY when Lucie is engaged to a rich and pretentious white bore named Cecil The chemistry between Lucie and George is palpable and in desperation she resorts to some pretty rotten behavior to get George out of her life Lucie has to learn that what she wants matters than what she thinks the white blue blooded side of her family will acceptThe book is focused on Lucie’s self discovery than the romance which feels rather rushed and underdeveloped as a result I was a fan of George Zao I mean it’s hard not to love George when the alternative is Cecil but he was put on a pedestal a hunky do no wrong overly perfect wunderkind My favorite characters ended up being the two Chinese mothers Marian Tang and Rosemary Zao who develop a kind of late in life new friendship I wish happened often I want them to come over and cook Chinese food for meSex and Vanity is written in the same dishy tone as CRA set in a similar ritzy world It pays homage to A Room with a View and familiarity with Forster’s novel will definitely enhance your reading experience Despite some flaws this a fun summer read and a sympathetic portrayal of a conflicted young woman

  10. says:

    While this doesn't have the freshness and breezy comedy of Crazy Rich Asians it's another fun romance Lucie is sweet but lacks the character of Rachel and there's no good reason for her original antagonism to gorgeous George What I like about Kwan is that he sends up snobbery and excess while being fundamentally good natured on Auden I'm going to speak about the role of mindfulness in resolving global conflict and even awful Cecil with his weekly appointment with a wealth psychologist is actually a poor little rich boy I haven't read A Room With A View on which this is based but the story stands alone and there's no uestion where the resolution is going cute and contemporary a sunny feel good romance which left me with a smile on my faceThanks to Random HouseCornerstone for an ARC via NetGalley

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