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Sex and Vanity - Kevin Kwan

Sex and Vanity

By Kevin Kwan

  • Release Date: 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
From 1,331 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A Good Morning America Book Club Pick
The author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians takes you from Capri to NYC, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men—and two very different cultures.

On her very first morning on the 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 a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can't stand that he knows more about Casa 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.

The daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a 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, Lucie is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment building, 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.


  • Loved it

    By ninernikki
    Great lighthearted read, characters were fun and well-developed and kept you invested in the story.
  • Wonderful. It was like actually being in the story

    By steffiejoey
    I loved it steffiejoey
  • Fun, fun, but different

    By Book club reject
    It was super fun, but not quite Crazy Rich Asians fun. Just seemed to try a little too hard. Lucie was also a little boring, just saying.
  • He does it again!

    By HGFeather
    I am never disappointed by his stories! The way he writes and ties so many lives together is amazing!
  • Great Read

    By RaePierog
    Great romance full of drama, adventure, grief, and of course a great ending!
  • Fun read!

    By BookAddict1126
    Enjoyed this latest book—a modern take on Pride and Prejudice.
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  • Meh...

    By AleBaBaby1234
    Understandably anything following the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy would be a hard act to follow, but I have to admit I’m disappointed in with Sex and Vanity. It’s SO similar to A Room With A View; it doesn’t feel like a new or remotely original work of fiction... merely just a 21st century update. I love Kevin Kwan but this book left a lot to be desired.
  • Bland

    By Doc Missy
    Was not up to par with previous works. Lucie was annoying as she could not make up her mind about the simplest of things. Really disappointed after the other books. Before I buy another, I’ll pre-read for free.
  • Wait for the movie

    By Audrakaren2
    I wanted to love this book but it focused so much more on the setting than character and relationship development. It was frustrating.