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 proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather a 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.
Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.
Let’s start this review by saying that I’ve never read Ana Karenina by Tolstoi so I don’t have the background in that but I still enjoyed Anna K. a lot. Maybe I was a bit biased since we have the same initials but I promise that it wasn’t only because of this.
I loved following Anna around and see with what kind of problems was she dealing with. Not only her but also her friends. We often think that rich people don’t have problems just because they have money but it is often not the case. They are also just people and they sometimes face the same problems as we are. Their lives are far away from perfect and the pressure they recieve is sometimes not something that you expect. Especially if you are bi-racial just like Anna is; or even her brother.
When I started reading the book, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but I was soon pulled into the life of rich teenagers of New York and their problems. It was a nice escape from the current pandemic times. I have to admit, at the times, this book reminded me of Gossip Girl and made me want to rewatch the series which I started doing for sure (but haven’t come that far, if we are honest).
The only thing I didn’t like about this book and the reason why I took one star off is the ending. I just wished for the ending to be different but we can’t get everything that we want to. That being said, if you are looking for a book to get away from our mundane problems, pick this book up and get pulled into the lives of rich New York teenagers and see how they are dealing with their lives.
Love and light,
Rating: 4* out of 5