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The Wangs vs. the World - Jade Chang

The Wangs vs. the World

By Jade Chang

  • Release Date: 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
From 109 Ratings


For fans of Crazy Rich Asians: Meet the Wangs, the unforgettable immigrant family whose spectacular fall from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings them together in a way money never could.

Charles Wang, a brash, lovable businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, has just lost everything in the financial crisis. So he rounds up two of his children from schools that he can no longer afford and packs them into the only car that wasn’t repossessed. Together with their wealth-addicted stepmother, Barbra, they head on a cross-country journey from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the Upstate New York retreat of the eldest Wang daughter, Saina. 
“Highly entertaining” (BuzzFeed), this “fresh Little Miss Sunshine” (Vanity Fair) is a “compassionate and bright-eyed novel” (New York Times Book Review), an epic family saga, and a new look at what it means to belong in America. “When the Wangs take the world, we all benefit” (USA Today).

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
An October 2016 Indie Next Pick
A PopSugar Best Book for Fall
A BuzzFeed Incredible Book for Fall
A Nylon Amazing Book for Fall
A Bustle Book for Your Fall TBR List
A Millions Most Anticipated Book
A Frisky Book to Read for Fall


  • Couldn’t Finish

    By Jason father
    The author tried too hard to mimic the writing style of Kevin Kwan. Unfortunately, it just fell flat. I got through 34% of the book and had to quit. I normally read books all the way through, but I’d rather quit now and spend my time reading something else.
  • Wangs vs the World

    By The Wangs came out losers
    Is book was a huge disappointment. I found it neither interesting or funny. The characters were not likable , not even the car! I read this for book club and the other members feel this way too.
  • Fun and sad and a real good read

    By Dixiejack
    A really fun road trip story, the characters are a very likable bunch, and you find yourself hoping it all works out for them, as individuals, and as a family.
  • Finally gave up...

    By Longhorn5555
    Not terrible, but just never seemed to go anywhere... the author can write well enough, but the story itself just wasn't engaging, and the characters were not interesting/well developed. I finally gave up about 3/4ths of the way through it...