Reviews tagging Grief

Anna K: Away, by Jenny Lee

6 reviews

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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mermaidmoonqueen's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

I loved this book and reuniting with characters that I loved, and the fun kpop element.

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sunsetcity's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted 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

3.5


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rynicolereads's review

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emotional lighthearted fast-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

3.5

This was a fun fast-paced sequel to Anna K. but ultimately I didn't love it as much as the original. I was happy to be reunited with the characters, but their stories felt very disconnected and I missed all of the overlapping storylines that we experienced in the first book. That said, I did really enjoy Anna's adventure overseas!

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utopiastateofmind's review

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  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

 (Disclaimer: I received this book from the Libro.fm. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) 

Reading Anna K Away makes me believe that either the Anna Karenina elements weren't working for me in the first, or something else, because I thoroughly enjoyed Anna K Away. So many of the characters in Anna K I ended up enjoying immensely in this sequel. Getting to know Bea better allowed me to see all the cracks, the sarcasm, and the power of true love to hold up a mirror to ourselves. How it can land in our laps like an unseen surprise, but turn out to be a falling star.

While we saw a love like that in Anna K, I enjoyed Bea's entire romance story line a bit more than Anna's in the first. I'm not sure if it's because I dig a good queer romance (Bea is pansexual), or if I'm also just a sucker for characters who don't really believe in love being challenged, or what. At the same time, I adored the way Anna navigates her grief. The ways that it comes at you in waves. Her journey in the aftermath of the hurricane of that summer, the drama, and the heartbreak.

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katyisreading's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

In Anna K Away, the characters from the first book head off across the globe for the summer before their senior year, all dealing with emotional trauma from events that happened in ANNA K. Whereas the first book was engrossing, this one was a lovely YA read that reminded me of Gossip Girl. I think overall I enjoyed it more than the first because the author had full control of the story and despite the rich teenage antics, the story felt more "real." It would be a great beach read!

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