Rich people, they are just like us. They come together to honor their matriarch They reminisce. They laugh. They cry. They fight. Repeat. The only difference is they do so with massive amounts of label and name dropping. Kevin Kwan’s, Rich People Problems, familiar and dishy tone makes for a quick read that is hard to put down. All the usual suspects are present: the matriarch, they proverbial son (Eddie still thinks it’s him), the saintly daughter (everyone thinks they’re the one), the social climber, and the hangers-on, except this time around they are a little more personable and relatable (minus Eddie and Kitty —- although they both get a slight personality makeover in the end). All the gushing about what’s hot or not is as prevalent as it is pretentious, but the delivery is so hilarious that it is hard to refrain from laughing out loud.
The big family reunion is hampered by family discord and uncertainty. Sun Yi, not the most sympathetic head of household, lets her offspring swing in the breeze and it takes the ingenuity of the chosen one (still not Eddie) to figure out how to keep them and their legacy all together.
The intersecting stories flow seamlessly into each other (although the trip down Sun Yi’s memory lane felt a little out of place until the third act) and the peek into the lives of the super rich is replete with what is stylish and swanky. During one of Kitty’s soliloquies with her girlfriends, Kwan touches on the ugly underlying aspects of class and division — race and the color of one’s skin. A timely, if brief, point that goes by too fast. The pat ending is a bit of a let down given the ambition and hysterics of some, *cough,* Eddie and Kitty. The conclusion felt too tidy and the HEAs too neat, but maybe it’s all a setup for the next big blow up. Nonetheless, Rich People Problems are ones that I wouldn’t mind inheriting, if only for a day.