Hello book lovers! Happy Monday!
Do you have a favorite classic novel? Last year when I read Jenny Lee’s Anna K: A Love Story, loosely based on Anna Karenina I fell in love with the story of Anna and Vronsky. . It was fast paced, fun, quirky and the ending totally shook me, I did not see it coming. The sequel has been on my radar for a while now and I grabbed the first copy as soon as I can. You can check out my review of the first book here.
Book Title: Anna K. Away
Author: Jenny Lee
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Release date: 27th April 2021
Young Adult Fiction | Contemporary Romance |
The sequel to Anna K. begins right where the first book ended. Heartbroken and devastated Anna is left to deal with the aftermath of the events of last year. To escape the scandals, Anna’s father decides it would be better for her to spend a year away with his family in South Korea.
All alone in a new country, Anna, still grieving from the loss of her first love, realizes she needs to figure out what she wants for herself rather than following the path everyone has laid down for her.
Meanwhile, back in New York, other characters are dealing with their own problems in the typical manner– by spending $$$$ at the drop of a hat. There’s more of lavish parties, sex, drugs, drama mixed with a bit of K-pop.
I was excited to read what adventures Jenny Lee has planned for the characters and she does not disappoint. The writing is fresh, easy to follow and fast paced. While the first book was inspired by the classic Anna Karenina, the follow up is pioneered by Jenny’s invention. While Anna does take center stage, I liked how every character was given a steady plot. complete in itself. Lee does a wonderful job of portraying Anna and Bea’s pain over losing Wronsky. Grief is usually felt in waves and it can be felt throughout the book.
While I still find most of the characters shallow and self-centred (maybe because I don’t have multi-millionaire parents), their struggle with complex relationships, complicated and absentee parents and grief is very real and relatable.
Despite covering the storyline for the perspective of 5 different characters, Jenny Lee manages to keep the plot steady and fast paced throughout the book and while I did like the first book better, by the end of this one I was craving for more! I really do hope we get to see the next chapter of Anna’s life.
If you’re looking for something fun and lightweight and if you liked the first one, this book is worth a try!