Anna K : Jenny Lee

Title: Anna K
Author: Jenny Lee
Pub Date: 5th March 2020
No. Of pages: 448
Where I got it: ARC from Readers First
Time to read: 12 days (this is long for me)
Quick review: This reimagining of Anna Kendrick is a little bit Crazy Rich Asians, a little bit Gossip Girl and a whole lot of fun
Genre: YA
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐.5 | 5

From the blurb…

Welcome to the dizzying heights of New York’s Upper East Side: where privilege, partying and scandal rules.

And Anna K knows the rules by heart. Beautiful, rich and popular, she takes care to maintain her status as the perfect girlfriend, daughter and student.

Then a chance encounter at Grand Central station with notorious playboy Alexi ‘Count’ Vronsky changes everything. Anna knows she needs to avoid Alexi, but sometimes fate has other plans . . .

Soon Anna finds it impossible to resist him, and finds herself willing to risk everything she has to be with him – no matter the consequences.

After all, the course of true love never did run smooth . . .

What did I think?

I’ve never read Anna Karenina and to be honest it’s never crossed my mind to read it so it was definitely not part of my decision making process to try and get my hands on an ARC copy. What did whet my appetite though, are the references to “Gossip Girl meets Crazy Rich Asians”. At 33, I’m an unashamed Gossip Girl fan, living my boring life vicariously through the lives of far more exciting rich kids who are half my age.

Whatever floats your boat, right?

Anyway, this isn’t a review for Gossip Girl so I could probably do with telling you what I thought of this book about over-priviliged teenagers living in New York’s Upper East side.

So first off, this for some reason was a slow read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I didn’t find myself desperate to get back to it.

But the storyline made me feel warm. I connected to the characters, of which there were many. In the first pages there’s a list of all the characters and how they’re connected. On reading this I was pretty overwhelmed thinking I’d be confused by them all but everything was explained and I quickly learned who all the characters were.

I can’t say the narrative was particularly descriptive in terms of scene setting, but the character’s had a surprising amount of depth given their age which helped to connect to them, even as an adult.

Thanks to Readers First for this free proof in exchange this review.