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Anna K: A Love Story

(Anna K #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  11,817 ratings  ·  2,354 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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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 Stars

Being that this is a modern retelling of Anna Karenina, I feel like I should start with this disclaimer: I've never read Anna Karenina. It's been sitting unread on my shelves for years and my lazy ass just hasn't yet gotten around to reading it. And after reading this, I have to tell you...if anything, I feel even less compelled to read it.

I was not a huge fan of this book.

Jenny Lee's writing was amazing. Truly awesome. And very easily digestible.

But the characters? Ughhhhh. Were they
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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 I’ve 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 als
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Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
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 w
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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. It’s well written, full of tension and drama, complex and compelling. Anna K is, unfortunately, not. While treading a similar plo
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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 it’s a 4.5 for now)

oh… my god. When I first started listening to this book (the audiobook is AMAZING btw),
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Elle
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: author-is-nice, 2020
This was just okay for me. I think I had higher expectations for this book as I loved the premise and I’ve seen a couple of interviews by the author, and she seems like a really cool person. But I could not get into the story at all. None of the characters seemed like actual people and their lives felt so contrived, so it was difficult to be invested.

I haven’t read Anna Karenina, and before beginning I asked around to see if other people recommend reading that first. Jenny Lee herself has said i
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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 1
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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
Shelves: patron-requests, botm
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 fill
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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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Christy
3 stars


I feel so conflicted right now. Do you ever finish a book and you genuinely can’t tell if you loved it or hated it? That’s 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 couldn’t stand and some subject matter that just wasn’t for me.

This is an Anna Karenina retelling with a gossip girl flare. It’s 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.
Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
QUICK TAKE: I know we’ve discussed this before, but I tend to avoid YA. I have trouble connecting with teen characters and find them to be selfish and insecure and remind me of how terrible I was when I was that age. Which just goes to show how amazing this YA adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is in that I have been raving about it since I read it a few weeks ago. Jenny Lee has crafted a funny, emotional and sharply-written story that feels like a mix of Gossip Girl, Crazy Rich Asians, a ...more
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.
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julianna ➹
guys this book stressed me out

What kind of sixteen-year-old boy possessed the type of heroic goodwill she'd just witnessed? It was like her pain had become his as well. In that moment she as though his crystal blue eyes had seen her secret self, which was ridiculous because how could such a thing be possible when they had only just met?


okay, the genre of this is literally one of my guilty pleasures: RICH PEOPLE. DRAMA-FILLED. CONTEMPORARY.

so if you enjoyed shows like Gossip Girl, or books l
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B | crumbledpages
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This book is a retelling of the classic Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I haven't read the classic so I had no expectations going into this book. Also I was a bit skeptical going into it after seeing the low goodreads rating. But to my surprise, I ended up absolutely loving this book.

The story starts with ultra rich teenagers Anna K whose brother Steven calls for her help when his girlfriend finds out he is cheating on her. Anna herself is in a devoted relationship with Alexander, but she finds he
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Kimberly (Deity of Books)
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 like a teen drama. Another thing I liked was that it included many social issues like the double standard of affairs
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

I never bothered picking up Anna Karenina – not even when . . . . .



There is absolutely zero shame in my game when it comes to admitting that 1,000 page books are not my jam and also that . . . . .



I’ve also never watched an episode of Gossip Girl which is maybe unfortunate because that probably would have been my idea of a good time and I totally ate up the reality version of it a few years ago when it aired on Bravo . . . .

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Rachel
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Emma
Ah, okay. So, I'm unsure whether to rate this 2 or 3 stars. I mean, it's most likely a 2.5, but I'll have to update later with a full rating & review.

so, undecided // rtc

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good thing I got a $50 barnes and noble gift card for Christmas or I'd be in debt with all these new releases
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Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
How can I even begin to describe Anna K: A Love Story?

Once I picked up this book, it was practically impossible to put down. The story immediately immersed me in its opulent wealth, passionate love, and tragic romance. ✨❤️ After finishing the last page, I was literally ~emo~ for a week because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Anna K: A Love Story is a modern retelling of Anna Karenina, the classic love story by Leo Tolstoy. In a very Gossip Girl-esque manner, the story is based around the supe
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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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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.

Brandice
May 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Anna K was ok. A story about a group of New York high school students, with Anna K at the center, dealing with teenage drama like crushes, school, and social pressure, while also being from wealthy families, therefore shopping at Cartier for their significant others, having epic parties, traveling by private jet, and being alone often while their parents are away for business.

The story was entertaining but I didn’t love it after hearing so much hype about the book. I grew weary of the drama and
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Stay 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 a
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Theresa
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

This book could have been good, great even, if it weren't for the ending. Not because of what happened, but because of how it happened.

This book was described to me as a mixture of "Gossip Girl" and "Crazy Rich Asians" and started off very promising. It was entertaining and I enjoyed reading and learning about the characters. It was slow going at times but still mostly managed to keep me wanting more.

But then the ending happened and while I appreciate that a retelling has to stick to so
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Maria
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!
Kate Olson
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)
The Nerd Daily
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MS

Set in modern-day New York, Jenny Lee’s debut is a retelling of the widely known Russian classic, Anna Karenina, and it follows the story of Anna K., a Korean-American girl that seems to have it all in life. Anna was born into privilege with exquisite beauty and has the perfect boyfriend for the past few years, everyone knows all about her and her family, including her little brother, Steven, who has caused her too many troubles to count, b
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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 in GRAPHIC DETAIL.

Anna K. is a story of lust relying heavily on the "Crazy Rich Asians" vibe with the formula of Anna Karenina as its premise (though frankly, that was as much a marketing ploy to get readers in my opinion), and a lot on other stories that focus on High School as a source of the ultimate playing field for sowing wild oats, th
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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.

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