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Anna K: Away, by Jenny Lee

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aharper's review against another edition

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emotional reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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decklededgess's review against another edition

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challenging emotional funny lighthearted reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

trigger warnings: sexual harassment, sexual content, alcohol and drug abuse and addition, death and grief, sexism and misogyny, infidelity, gun violence, gun injury

This was an excellent follow up to Anna K. I loved how Anna's and Bee's grief was handled. It gave the ridiculous rich kid nonsense of the book some much needed gravitas and added an interesting contrast. The levity of first world problems contrasted with some heavier themes of how the K-pop industry exploits its musicians plus the loss of loved ones was really well handled.

None of these characters were actually likeable but that is also what made this book so compelling, the fact that I cared enough to read.

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girlonbooks's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

💄💄💄(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 at drama camp, putting strains on the trust that is still healing from Steven's past infidelity. Steven's best friend Dustin struggles to navigate his own burgeoning relationship with Kimmie, Lolly's younger sister, while simultaneously trying to forge some sort of family unit with his late brother's girlfriend, Natalia. On the other side of country, Beatrice (Vronksy's cousin and BFF), is also reeling from the loss of her partner in crime. She despises Anna K for stealing Alexia from her and has vowed to spend the whole summer drinking and wallowing in misery. That is until a pretty girl working the hotel reception desk catches her eye...

"Haters are always gonna hate…but everyone loves a good comeback tour."

If while reading Anna K you thought to yourself, "what that book needs is some more K-pop," then have I got the sequel of your DREAMS! This book is the chunky monkey ice cream of teen dramas. It is just so much stinking fun to DEVOUR in a single sitting. Which, is what I love to do anyway! Full disclosure, Anna K: Away reads a teeny bit slower than its predecessor and a lot of what goes on with some of the characters is clearly set up for book three. Because there is obviously going to be a book three. So. Many. Cliffhangers!

What I think I enjoyed most about this book is how it deals with the fallout of Anna K and Vronsky's relationship as well as Alexia's subsequent death. The whole situation is so horrible traumatizing to everyone and, unlike in Anna Karenina, the reader gets to witness how that all plays out. Even the characters that didn't really know Anna and Alexia discuss how the situation affected them. Everyone carries a small piece of guilt which, is what I like to think would have happened in Anna Karenina had we gotten a bit more at the end there as well. I found this creative decision to be very special and was really pleased with Jenny Lee's choice to use her continuation of the story to give some justice to the memory of Anna K's infamous inspiration. Well done!

"It's like waiting for the big one - the big wave. You gotta just follow your gut to tell you when it's the right wave to go for. As soon as you're up on your board and riding it there's no sense in worrying anymore. You just gotta relax into it and ride the wave."

✨ Rep in this book: Korean-American MC, Black supporting character, Queer MC

✨ Content warnings for this book: death of a loved one, infidelity, revenge porn, gun violence, alcohol use, sexual content, drug abuse, vomit

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