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Anna K

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,525 ratings  ·  637 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, 400 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Flatiron Books
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Berit☀️✨
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
An Anna Karenina retelling with a Gossip Girl vibe! Glitz, glamour, drama, betrayal, opulence, infidelity, sex, drugs, and romance. Jenny Lee has done a stellar job of taking this Russian classic and giving it a modern and diverse twist. Admittedly Ive never read the original, but I did take a look at the Spark Notes and Miss Lee really did a remarkable job in the retelling. I was completely sucked into this riveting tale of decadence and betrayal.

As entertaining as the story was there was also
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Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forbidden-love
No one @ me because I didn't know the plot of Anna Karenina, which is what this YA retelling is based on, but wow, am I fucking emo.

It's been months since I've had so much fun with a YA contemporary where it completely absorbed me, entertained me, and kept me wondering what would happen next. This book is jam-packed with an array of characters (this book even has a character list for you to keep track of who's who) whose antics get them into hot water as they try to navigate the ever-changing
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alexandra
likely closer to 4/5 but reading the authors note really upped it up. and now i want to read Anna Karenina and am fucking emo ;; ...more
Larry H
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Anna K is a retelling of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina , set among rich, privileged teenagers of New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut society.

Anna is the beautiful, smart daughter of a powerful South Korean businessman. She mostly prefers the company of her horses and show dogs to the society elite, so she attends a fancy prep school in Connecticut, as opposed to her older brother, Steven, who attends a private school in New York City.

Anna has been dating Alexander since she was 14
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Sara
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Anna K is depicted as a modern retelling of Anna Karenina, but I think to describe it as such does both books a disservice. The classic in Russian literature encompasses a wide cast, including a look into the social commentary of its time, with a doomed love affair at its heart between Anna, Vronsky and her husband Alexei. Its well written, full of tension and drama, complex and compelling. Anna K is, unfortunately, not. While treading a similar plot
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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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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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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Life brought tragedy with the same hand that it brought joy.

representation: half Korean characters (own voices author is Korean American), black characters, Thai characters, Jewish characters, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, gay and lesbian side characters.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


★★★★.5 (torn between 4 and 5 stars so its a 4.5 for now)

oh my god. When I first started listening to this book (the audiobook is AMAZING btw), I
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Christy
3 stars

I feel so conflicted right now. Do you ever finish a book and you genuinely cant tell if you loved it or hated it? Thats how I feel after finishing Anna K. There was so much I loved about this book, and a few characters I absolutely adored (view spoiler), but there was also a lot of characters I couldnt stand and some subject matter that just wasnt for me.

This is an Anna Karenina retelling with a gossip girl flare. Its not a
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
hands down one of my fave books of the year. dramatic yet nuanced, Anna K is the story of a large cast of characters discovering love in its many facets. I love this book to bits and will definitely go back to reread it time and again.
Jordy’s Book Club
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
QUICK TAKE: if dessert was a book, it would be ANNA K!! So light and fun, like GOSSIP GIRL meets CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Loved all of the characters and the way Jenny contemporized a classic for a new audience. A must-read!
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

Full review HERE

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
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Kate
Mar 27, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 55 pages

yeahhhh I'm sorry I just can't. This sounded so fun and i GET that the point of it is to be about pretentious, privileged rich kids, but man I couldn't care less about rich people problems - it's the same problem I had with "Crazy Rich Asians." It's just so self centered and obnoxious. so... I'll pass. I guess I can put "about rich people" on my list of things I officially dislike in books.
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 Ive 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. Its because I dont do the rich acting like asshats and cheating. This was full of it and
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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.

Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
I'M AN EMOTIONAL WRECK. 😭💔

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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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)
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!
caitlin ✶
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
there were a lot of ways that this book could've gone wrong, but somehow jenny lee got it right

mayhaps this is my first 5-star read of the year??? (it was kind of a false alarm with this mortal coil, though i still wholeheartedly recommend that one.)

3/14/20: i've decided to lower my rating to 4 stars. *sad music plays* which means that i still don't have a 5 star read this 2020.

the ending was kind of ruined for me. i was so sure that this one thing was going to happen, and instead i got a
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Clara
As an Anna Karenina fan, it was real fun to see this story told this way!
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!
Kathryn in FL
CRAZY RICH ASIANS on Steroids the Northeast American Version...

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
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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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Traci at The Stacks
I loved reading this book. At the start of covid 19 quarantine it provided such an enjoyable escape. I usually dont like YA because it feels corny and patronizing. This was smart and sexy and fun. Very gossip girl. Loved the characters and the dialogue. It made me want to sit down with the original Anna Karenina, which Ive never wanted to do. ...more
Bruna Oliveira
Thanks Netgalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a modern retelling of Leo Tolstoy's amazing classic book Anna Karenina. This one is set nowadays in New York and we have a half Korean protagonist. Anna K is beautiful, rich and has a perfect boyfriend, Alexander and when she decides to visit her brother Steven, to help him get his girlfriend, Lolly, back after cheating on her, she meets Vronsky, a handsome guy, who feels immediately attracted to her and she finds
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
4.5 Stars

This was so wonderful and I can't stop thinking about it. I didn't expect it, but these characters truly wormed their way into my heart.

This story brought all the high-class drama I wanted from an upper class Anna Karenina-inspired teen story - the opulence was breath-taking, but it was grounded in real emotions of guilt, insecurity, desire, and longing.

The relationships were all so wonderful, and were probably my favorite part of the story. I was so invested in them that I cried
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Karina
Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★
Anna K. is a YA Contemporary debut that spins Anna Karenina into a modern-day retelling set in Manhattan! Following a group of elite and wealthy teens who navigate relationships and the drama that encompasses their lives! Building a realistic & diverse cast, this YA Debut delves deep into its characters while also layering deeper themes and issues!

What really made this book for me was that big cast! I'll admit in the beginning it was kind of tough to differentiate so
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Kate (GirlReading)
Initially, reading this felt like how imagine it would feel to read a transcript for an episode of Real Housewives (in the best way.) It was so otherworldly and out of reach from my own reality, it almost felt less relatable than straight up fantasies (again, not a bad thing.) However, as the story went on and we got to know each of the characters on a deeper level, while that Real Housewives/Gossip Girl/Rich Teen Drama show feel didnt disappear entirely, the untouchable feel did. These teens ...more
Sandy
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5

TW: cheating, drug use, death by overdose, animal death, and tragedy (similar to the original story)

This was a very entertaining and fun read about privileged and wealthy teenagers. It had a lot of drama and angst but I didn't really care for the romance plotline between Anna and Vronsky, which are the characters that the story centers around. The story is very character-driven and I enjoyed that there were multiple POVs to read from. I also really liked all of the pop culture references!
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