I read this because I loved the movie (which says a lot because I’m not usually a fan of gushy love stories). The world in which these people live is extravagant, decadent, and ridiculous. It makes for an interesting read. The author writes with a sense of humor that I wasn’t expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by it.
I found myself more drawn to Astrid’s story than the relationship between Rachel and Nick. This was the only part I was disappointed in in the book, however, because her character in the book isn’t as strong as in the movie. Astrid has a moment in the movie that really gives her a strong voice (when she tells Michael that it isn’t her job to make him feel like a man). That moment isn’t in the book. Maybe it comes in the later installments of the book series (there are two more) but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. Anyway, Astrid’s story in the book really felt as if it was written from a mans perspective of how a woman would act. Even Nick’s mother seems like a hysterical shrew on occasion in the book. I’m even more happy that Michelle Yeoh brought much needed class to the role in the movie.
If you loved the movie, definitely give to book a read. The story is convoluted in some ways, and the movie fixes those issues. Still worth a read. It’s smart and funny in a fresh, satirical way.