🍁🍁Happy October everyone!🍁🍁
September was a month of great satisfaction for me! While I ended up reading a lot of good books, I achieved a few personal targets as well!
Then I finished reading Anna K. and I couldn’t get out of the world of enchantment Jenny Lee created. As I write this review, I am still tearing up about this beautiful and tragic book!
Book Title: Anna K. : A Love Story
Author: Jenny Lee @jennyleewrites
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Retelling | Fiction | Romance
Published on: 3rd March 2020
At seventeen, Anna K is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather an sexting scandal; Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven’s best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie.
As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasn’t, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.
Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.
“Because just like you need to be where I am, I need to be where you are.”
A modern day retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina mixed with Gossip Girl worthy scandals, this book will take you through the lives of a bunch of Manhattan’s privileged teenagers.
Trigger Warnings: Drugs, Infidelity, Depression, anxiety, Death
As we get to know the many crazy rich characters in this book, we find Anna K. right in the middle of all the drama. For a seventeen year old, Anna acts unbelievably mature and put together (she can put the 28 year old me to shame). With the perfect grades and the perfect boyfriend, she has everything figured out. That is, until she meets Alexia “count” Vronsky and finds herself unable to resist his charm and obvious good looks.
“Dustin would have scoffed at the idea that the kid who once ate a June bug on a dare when they were four years old could ever become a senator, but the fact that the current president was once a reality star who cheated on his pregnant wife with a porn star gave him pause.”
Vronsky, well known for his playboy status, falls head over heels in love with Anna. As both Anna and Alexia address their attraction towards each other, Anna makes some uncharacteristic decisions that might change the way people always saw her.
With teenagers throwing lavish parties while dealing with their first world problems involving drugs, scandals, infidelity and over bearing parents, this book is sure to impart major Gossip Girl vibes!
“Dustin shook his head and sighed. People were starving, wars were being fought all over the world, so many people were suffering, and yet here was an eighteen-year-old dropping two Gs on some bullshit like it was nothing. It didn’t seem right that some people had so much when others had so little.”
Jenny Lee’s writing is beautiful and the use of over the top slang language is well justified. After the initial few chapters, the book picks up pace and is hard to put down. The characters are well written, even though you might not like most of them.
I would like to give a special mention to the female characters in this book who instead of bitching and backbiting support each other! Because that’s what the world needs: #GirlsSupportGirls.
“You’ll soon find that doing the right thing is rarely the easy choice. But I promise you’ll sleep better at night because of it.”
While this book does revolves around petty rich people issues, it does contain some triggers and because I had no clue about these triggers before reading the book and I don’t want anyone else reading this book if they are not in that frame of mind. Because it will break your heart and make you ugly cry.