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Anna K: Away

(Anna K #2)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,707 ratings  ·  387 reviews
It’s Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl! Anna K Away follows the fabulous cast of characters from Anna K over the course of the next summer, when new freedoms lead to life-changing adventures, risks, and self-discovery

How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic d
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2021 by Flatiron Books
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
this was everything i could've hoped for 😭one of the best contemporary sequels everr ...more
2-2.5 stars

After reading Anna K, I had a feeling Anna K: Away would be hit or miss for me. I was really hoping for a hit, but unfortunately it was more of a miss for me personally than the first one. The first one was a lot of drama and angst but it was unputdownable. The second one also had a lot of drama, but I was quite bored. It could be me or my mood, but I didn’t enjoy this one.

Audio book source: Libby
Story Rating: 2.5 stars
Narrators: Jenna Ushkowitz
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Cont
Larry H
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour, booksparks
Anna K Away is another emotionally layered romp with a group of wealthy teenagers, as they deal with love, grief, family, and relationships, and spend lots of money.

Have you read last year's Anna K , by Jenny Lee? That retelling of Anna Karenina set among the teenagers of NYC and Greenwich, CT, was an entertaining if melodramatic look at how the rich are as messed up as “regular people.”

The sequel takes place right where the first book left off, and I believe I enjoyed it more than t
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Anna K: A Love Story was one of the most surprising reads of 2020. It was a lot of fun, reminded me of Gossip Girl and I definitely didn’t see that ending coming. I thought it was a great stand-alone, but I was excited when I heard there was a sequel announced.

Anna K. Away is starting where Anna K. ended. It didn’t take much effort to get into the story. I was sucked into it really fast. Lee has such an easy writing style. It is easy, fast-paced and I always read a little more than I planned to
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Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2021
this book just didn’t do it for me unfortunately :(

i liked seeing the characters again but the only pov chapters i was interested in were anna’s, and no part of this book felt very consequential in terms of the overall story

i never laughed, i never cried, i never felt much of anything; i binge read this in the hopes that something interesting would happen eventually only to finish the last page and end up with nothing………. though to be fair it is surely hard to write a follow up to an anna karen
Monte Price
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shoutout to Libro.fm's review copy without which I would not have been able to listen to this before release day, I personally love to see it. If you're trying to get rid of Audible + want to support local bookstores go check 'em out.

As for Ms Anna K Away? She was the moment. Going in I wasn't sure what to expect even after having read the synopsis. The first book in this duology sent me for a loop at the end and I wasn't quite sure how a sequel was going to pick up and continue to tell the tale
Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
QUICK TAKE: let's be clear, I freakin' adored ANNA K. one of my favorite books of 2020, there were a lot of expectations heading into the sequel. Does it live up to the first book. Short answer: no. But ANNA K AWAY is still an excellent addition to this series, and for sure worth your time. The sequel is missing the fun framework of the first book that reinterpreted ANNA KARENINA...here, this is just a continuation of the characters from the first book without those classic literature Easter egg ...more
Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
I would give anything to read this right now. Anna K: A Love Story absolutely emotionally wrecked me. 😭❤️

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Traci Thomas
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved Anna K and was glad to be reunited with the characters. The sequel is much slower to get going, the first 1/2 felt like too much exposition and rehashing of the first book. Not enough action or new story. But as the book got going, it got better. There is still the drama from the first book but it’s considerably less fun, which makes sense given the end of Anna K. It’s a good read and sets us up for a very fun book 3 (I hope).
this was so fun!! it reminded me of my love for entertaining stories and messy characters :”)
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it
3.25/5 Stars

I wasn't sure what to expect from this sequel. Anna K, the first book, was a retelling of the well-known Russian classic Anna Karenina and even though it was set in contemporary New York you could definitely recognize some scenes and characters. But with Anna K: Away the book explores very uncharted territory in terms of plot.

I didn't enjoy this story as much as the first book. It was still entertaining and fun, and it definitely offers a glimpse of a very over-the-top lifesty
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it

I was really satisfied by the way Anna K ended but I'm also dying to get my hands on this sequel! How did I not know this was a thing!?

April 26, 2021
3.5/5 stars

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May 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-reads
I don't fully know what "crack-fic" means, but I'm pretty sure this book qualifies as one.
May 22, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just no, there was so much I hated about this book. I loved the first one, but this was such a let down. There was a ton of WE ARE RICH. The first book did this too, but you could get hammered in two pages if you did a shot per use of the word “rich.” I understand that they’re wealthy, but good lord you don’t need to remind me every other sentence. I also hated the characterization of Dean. Way to pull a total cliche out and throw it into the story. Most of the characters in this are basic teen ...more
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Who else loves a good juicy, gossipy read?! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ I finally listened to Anna K last month and then my friends @librofm came through with the sequel so it was perfect timing!

You definitely need to read the first book before this one but both are great, and this one picks up right after the events in book one. The narration in this was awesome, it was such a breezy one to listen to, so I highly recommend the audio version. I don’t often recommend a beach listen as opposed to a read but
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I was immediately brought back into the luxurious and elite lives of Anna K and company. Anna K: Away has all the pomp and glamour that I fell in love from the first book, plus a lot of great explorations of grief and healing following Vronsky's death and how it has impacted our cast of characters. While I do think that the characters were not as interconnected as in book 1, I think I appreciated that each one got to stand on their own and develop outside of their relationship to Anna K. I also ...more
Sarah Jayyn

💄💄💄(three stars as rated in The Mystery Girl's signature red lipstick)

Once the teen queen of the New York City, Anna K has all but disappeared from the social scene following the tragic death of her boyfriend, Alexia Vronsky. Her father, currently estranged from his own wife, has decided that time away will do the pair of them some good and so it's off to Korea for them both. In their absence, Anna's brother Steven is having troubles of his own. His girlfriend Lolly is preparing for a stint away
Christine (Queen of Books)
Anna K Away picks up where Anna K left off -- I highly recommend reading that one first (just be sure not to read the Anna K Away synopsis ahead of time as it's got spoilers for the first book in the series).

I found Anna K Away to be frothier than Anna K -- lighter on details, lighter on drama and tragedy. Anna is in Seoul, Bea is in LA, and Lolly is at theater camp; the narrative bounces between the three. While Steven, Kimmie, and Dustin make appearances, I felt the book focuses more on the o
In Anna K Away, the sequel to Anna K, our heroine finds herself in Korea, connecting with her family abroad and meeting the newest stars of K-pop. Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing an ALC on NetGalley!

Rating: 3.5 (rounded up to 4 for Goodreads)
Pub date: April 27th (out now!)

When we last saw Anna, she was grieving the death of her love Vronsky and dealing with the fallout of a sex tape. Her father sends her to Korea to get away from the drama, but of course Anna will always find attentio
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Put this one at the top of your Beach Reads list for this summer.

The sequel to Anna K is the same brand of frivolous fun as the original, and this one veers far from anything even remotely tragic, sticking to the lighter stuff that was the best part of the original. We’re a long way from Anna Karenina now, though I’m not sure that was ever truly the point of reading these.

I loved the travel elements of this book, especially Anna’s time in Korea. She remains far and away the best character in th
Aug 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Honestly, I just had a lot of fun reading about more of the chaotic (and often morally questionable situations) Anna and the people around her find themselves in. There's more of the messiness that readers might recall from the first novel, but I can't deny it was still quite entertaining to read. (It definitely reminded me of my tween days reading the Gossip Girl novels, that's for sure.)

While it does have similar dramatics and tension to its predecessor, I spent Anna K: Away feeling more intr
Jessica Haider
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Anna K Away picks up the story from Anna K: A Love Story, which was a modern retelling of Anna Karenina. In Anna K Away, we follow several of the characters during the summer following the events of Anna K. Anna is heartbroken over the loss of her first love, Vronsky. She is also dealing with the fall out of their sex video being leaked. To escape all this, Anna's father takes her with him to visit family in South Korea. Anna's brother's girlfriend Lolly spends the summer at theater camp where s ...more
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Now while I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, Anna K: A Love Story, I will admit that I was actually pretty excited to dive into Anna K: Away. Which, yeah, sounds super weird while I'm typing this but oh well. I said what I said people.

The reason why I was excited was because I really enjoyed reading Crazy Rich Asians. I'm still not a huge fan of the Gossip Girl vibes but I was willing to make an exception if this turned
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases, arcs
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I had a lot of fun reading Anna K. and found that back in this sequel! I still enjoyed the characters and the drama a whole lot, even if I felt like some events were a little unnecessary.

Full review coming soon!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC through Edelweis
Katy Stankevitz
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
In ANNA K AWAY, the characters from the first book head off across the globe for the summer before their senior year, all dealing with emotional trauma from events that happened in ANNA K. Whereas the first book was engrossing, this one was a lovely YA read that reminded me of Gossip Girl. I think overall I enjoyed it more than the first because the author had full control of the story and despite the rich teenage antics, the story felt more "real." It would be a great beach read! ...more
Amanda Grinavich
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Not quite as good as the first but still very entertaining. I'll keep reading as many of these as Jenny writes! They're fun, and I will always love the pop culture references threaded throughout. The ending was slightly over-the-top, but I can't even hate on it. :-P ...more
Julianne Snyder
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
It was fun getting to spend more time with these characters in their over the top world, but for me this one fell a star short of the original.
Angela Pineda
3.5 stars. Not an unnecessary sequel, but I much preferred "Anna K". The book started strong, but around 100 pages in, I began to get a little jaded. In the first installment, I remember being super engaged in the characters stories and lives, and this one didn't have the same pull. I did switch to the audio version and that helped a lot.

My main complaint was the middle of the book dropped the storylines of Dustin/Kimmy and Stephen; they stole they show in Book #1 (for me) so I was confused when
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5* the writing just seems very childish to me and wasn’t as good as the first book. i still enjoyed hearing about everyone’s lives after the accident in the first book though.
Maria (mariareadsbooksalot)
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Is it possible that I liked this better than the first 🤭 but I think I did! This book was a little less dramatic than the first but still held the same drama and excitement as the first! I loved that this book ended in mostly happy endings for everyone and that you got to get to know all of the characters so well. I wanted Anna and Quinten to end up together but I am happy with the way the story went! I loved getting to see different sides of the characters, especially Bea, she was so tough in t ...more
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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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