Special Feature: The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao

Before the film Crazy Rich Asians came out, I tried to read the book before watching the movie. But I didn’t like it, not even a little bit. I actually liked the movie so much better. I loved the movie so much though that it actually made me want to go back and try to read the book again plus it made me so excited for other books that might be coming out similar to Crazy Rich Asians. Enter this book. I read the description and noticed that it was frequently recommended to fans of Crazy Rich Asians—-so naturally I wanted to check it out!

I love books that take me to different locations and a glimpse into a life that is far removed from my own. That’s what the film Crazy Rich Asians did for me and that’s what I am hoping this book does for me too! I couldn’t fit it into my review calendar this month but I am going to check it out later this spring because this one sounds like just the thing to transport me to some place new and exotic feeling. I am eager to explore the high society of Singapore and enter a world where I know nothing about—-the rich and famous!

This book sounds like it has a little something for every reader—a mystery, high society gossip, glamour, and a romance. I am fully on board with this upcoming release and I cannot wait to crack open the pages of this one and see what kinds of things the characters get up to! In Oregon the long dreary months of winter creep by and this is the time of year I start looking for exotic locations to read about and this one is right up there on my TBR list! It’s out now so be sure to keep reading to see if this is the book you have been waiting for this winter!


A working-class woman who infiltrates Singapore’s high society to fulfill her dreams risks losing everything in the process—including herself—in this propulsive novel by debut author Kyla Zhao.

For as long as she can remember, Samantha Song has dreamed of writing for a high-society magazine—and she’d do anything to get there. But the constant struggle to help her mom make ends meet and her low social status cause her dream to feel like a distant fantasy.

Now Samantha finds herself working at a drab PR firm. Living vicariously through her wealthy coworker and friend, Anya Chen, is the closest she’ll get to her ideal life. Until she meets Timothy Kingston: the disillusioned son of one of Singapore’s elite families—and Samantha’s one chance at infiltrating the high-society world to which she desperately wants to belong.

To Samantha’s surprise, Timothy and Anya both agree to help her make a name for herself on Singapore’s socialite scene. But the borrowed designer clothes and plus-ones to every glamorous event can only get her so far. The rest is on Samantha, and she’s determined to impress the editor in chief of Singapore’s poshest magazine. But the deeper Samantha wades into this fraud, the more she fears being exposed—especially with a mysterious gossip columnist on the prowl for dirt—forcing her to reconcile her pretense with who she really is before she loses it all. (summary from Goodreads)


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