ARC Review | ANNA K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee

Anna K.: A Love StoryTitle: Anna K.:A Love Story

Author: Jenny Lee

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.


This was so wonderful and I can’t stop thinking about it. I didn’t expect it, but these characters truly wormed their way into my heart. This story brought all the high-class drama I wanted from an upper class Anna Karenina-inspired teen story – the opulence was breath-taking, but it was grounded in real emotions of guilt, insecurity, desire, and longing.

The relationships were all so wonderful, and were probably my favorite part of the story. I was so invested in them that I cried twice because of the situations the characters were going through. And not just the romances, the friendships, and sibling relationships were all wonderfully done and surprisingly realistic and fleshed out for this exaggerated story.

This really came across as a story of perseverance, with a love story at its core and I loved it for that. It was so much fun, and surprisingly impactful. Anna is such a strong, resilient character who is kind and compassionate and still has her flaws. She’s allowed to make mistakes and still be an accomplished person. I just really loved her journey and following the story. This honestly kind of made me want to read a Anna Karenina and that’s not something I’d ever thought I would say.

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