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Anna K.: A Love Story

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.

Meet Anna K. At seventeen, she is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and Newfoundland dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Flatiron Books
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Melanie
Sep 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Melanie by: Romie
I'm already in love with this

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alexandra
likely closer to 4/5 but reading the author’s note really upped it up. and now i want to read Anna Karenina and am fucking emo ;——;
Bethany
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I suspect this is going to be a very polarizing book...

This modern YA retelling of Anna Karenina is what I would call The Goldfinch meets Gossip Girl, but with awareness of racism and privilege, not to mention a much more diverse cast of characters. It is smart, darkly tragic, but manages to end on a bittersweet note. This is a book that will make you feel things and leave you thinking, regardless of whether you love it or hate it. Set among super-elite teens of Manhattan, we enter a world
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TL
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
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Pure escapism fun:) Sometimes you just want to turn off your brain and go with it.

Emma
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.25/5 Stars

This was so much fun to read! I didn't know how much I needed a YA retelling of Anna Karenina until I read this one. I believe the perfect way to describe this book is to tell you to imagine a mix amongst Gossip Girl, Crazy Rich Asians and Anna Karenina. That's pretty much it and I mean this in the best way possible.
I think the author was a true master in capturing the essence of the
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Maria Zuppardi
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not only my first 5 star read of the year finally, but my first ugly cry! Ugh. Anyways, full review to come in a few days!
mindful.librarian ☀️
Jan 31, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF 20 pages in. The good thing is it cemented my goal of NEVER reading Anna Karenina, and created a new goal of never attempting to read any more retellings of it. All in all a productive reading experience. (free review copy)
Stacy Fetters
DNF @ 30%

Trashy and messy are two things that I thrive on because it's my life but this was more like a dumpster fire that I needed to back away from.

I went into this with an open mind because it was compared to things that I’ve never read or watched before. So I tried to stay positive but shortly after I started reading this I had an epiphany. It came crystal clear why I never read or watched those things. It’s because I don’t do the rich acting like asshats and cheating. This was full of it
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Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lee delivered on the first love euphoria and heartbreak, multiple times.

Full review to follow

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julianna ➹
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drc, diverse-to-read
guys this book stressed me out
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This is both about 1) rich people, a subject I absolutely adore in young adult novels, and 2) has so many diverse characters!
Kimberly Lin
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you very much Goodreads and Flatiron Books for this opportunity.

I have not read the original Anna Karenina (or any of the originals of retellings), so I didn't know what to expect. Now that I have finished reading, I think I might want to read the original. This book is very dramatic, highly unrelatable, and unrealistic, but very entertaining.

I really liked how the characters matured and grew. This is probably why I liked this despite it being
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Em
Jan 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
good thing I got a $50 barnes and nobles gift card for Christmas or I'd be in debt with all these new releases
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Thanks to Edelweiss, Flatiron Books, and Macmillan for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

CW: sex shaming, drug use, alcohol use, cheating, adultery, revenge porn, death, and sex on the page

Man. I thought this book would be a silly, frivolous read to take my mind away from things, but it just fell flat for me. It's a poor retelling. Honestly, I'd say just pick up the actual book to read it because this didn't hit home for me.

This book is about Gen Z. The kids who are teenagers
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*mk*
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lot of people have compared Anna K to Gossip Girl, and while I haven't read Gossip Girl I have read my fair share of stories about rich teens at private school or living in the city and all the drama and romance that entails. So, this isn't necessarily something that hasn't been done before.

Except, this story feels so much fresher then those that have come before, mostly due to the diverse cast and the way it handles real-world topics, like drug use, privilege, mental illness, racism, sex in
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Kael
4 stars


Anna K.: A Love Story is a modern day retelling of Anna Karenina with a Gossip Girls twist that transports you into the world of the super-elite teens of Manhattan, with their opulent lifestyles, excessive spending, grandiose parties supplied with narcotics, private tutors, terrible parents, and lots of sex. Here, you are sure to get swept up in the deliciously addictive plot, supremely flawed characters, and the truly tragic events that unfold.

Though I knew of Anna Karenina, I hadn’t
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N Grau
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Don’t do this lol
Sara
YA retelling of Anna Karenina!? Im in.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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S
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really easy way of learning the story of Anna Karenina without reading the whole thing. Fast paced and keeps you reading. Although very unrelatable and unrealistic - but that is the setting of Gossip Girl/Crazy Rich Asians. Very high drug and graphic sex, and language. Recommend 16+
Coleen
Jan 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm 'finished' but I didn't finish. It's rare but I could not keep reading this book of the rich, richer and richest of spoiled kids who have money to spend on illegal drugs without any consequences and limousines for a night out to a party with friends, live for social media speak their own language, talking about their fam, and have parents who have no sexual mores - even those who are still married to each other.

Do not make the mistake that I made and believe the hype that this is a smart
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Sierra
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even knowing nothing about Anna Karenina going into this, I knew it was gonna be a hefty undertaking. But Jenny Lee, you delivered in spades. The writing style is very specific, but if you can get on board with it, this book is a contemporary classic for the modern times. I adored the complexity of the characters - their emotions, backstories, desires were all just so well thought through. And the relationships were as delicious as an episode of Gossip Girl meets Crazy Rich Asians. I could ...more
Drew
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Speedy, sexy, funny, and well-rounded -- an excellent modern reimagining of Anna Karenina amongst the rich-kid New York/CT set. If ultimately it feels a little out of touch (such wealth, such nonsense from such young people, in this economy?!) that doesn't diminish the message that Lee drives home with her skillful twist to the ending and it doesn't diminish the solid craft of the novel as a whole.
Aimie
Review Coming Soon.

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Faith
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way."

ANNA K is the book I didn't know I needed until I heard it was happening. ANNA KARENINA is one of my favorite books, and all the things I loved about it in high school can be found in this updated retelling without the treatise on landowning. Essentially this is the most intellectual season of Gossip Girl you can imagine. I knew from hearing her speak that Lee had captured the heart of
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Kathryn in FL
SEX (the focus), DRUGS, MONEY (LOTS AND LOTS), ABSENTEE PARENTS, HORMONES, and LUST FULFILLED.

Anna K. is a story of lust relying heavily on the "Crazy Rich Asians" vibe, and a lot on other stories that focus on High School as a source of the ultimate playing field for sowing wild oats, this book pursues the theme "live in the moment". I caught a whiff of other High School based stories that have been portrayed by Hollywood. I could easily see this being made into a major motion picture.

In the
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Tayler Rickstrew
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I’m so mad. This was supposed to be my most anticipated read of 2020 and I hated it ...more
Elisabeth Marnik
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was an entertaining YA take on the classic Anna Karenina. It had a lot of mention of sex and drugs which was a bit much for me at times. I did like the cast of chatacters though and the potrayal of opioid addiction through Dustin and Nicholas was especially poignant. Overall a good read with some quirks. I'd round it to 3.5 if I could.
Emma
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
"Sometimes people can’t help but make poor choices and hurt the ones they love, I guess."

Anna K. is an It Girl--maybe even the It Girl--in both Manhattan and Greenwich's upper echelons. She is popular and always in demand despite preferring the company of horses and her show-winning Newfoundland dogs to people. She has impeccable style, effortless beauty, and the perfect boyfriend.

She also can't stop thinking about Alexia Vronsky--the sexy AF playboy she meets during a chance encounter at Grand
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Ema
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF at page 208 of the ARC. I got halfway through this but I was b o r e d and that was two months ago and I've come to accept that I'm never going to finish this.
Adriana
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc
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Jenny Lee's first young adult novel, a modern reinvention of Anna Karenina titled Anna K., will be published by Flatiron Books in March 2020.

Jenny previously served as Co-Executive Producer for the BET television adaptation of Boomerang. She was a writer and producer on the ABC Family sitcom Young & Hungry, as well as the Disney Channel's number-one-rated kids' show Shake It Up.

The author of
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