Wishlist Wednesday: Anna K.: A Love Story

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring Anna K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee. This retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina has piqued my interest.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Wishlist Wednesday: Anna K.: A Love StoryTitle: Anna K.: A Love Story
Author: Jenny Lee
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

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

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 an 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.

Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K.: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy's timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.

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It seems like a huge challenge to retell one of the greatest novels of all time. However, I really enjoy contemporary fiction set in New York, and the fact that the main character is Korean-American has me intrigued. I get a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before vibe from the synopsis, although it is being compared to Crazy Rich Asians and Gossip Girl.

About Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee is a television writer and producer who has worked on BET’s Boomerang, IFC’s Brockmire, Freeform’s Young & Hungry, and the Disney Channel's number-one-rated kids' show, Shake It Up. Jenny is the author of four humor essay collections and two middle-grade novels. Anna K. is her debut YA novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 135-pound Newfoundland, Gemma (and yes, it's a toss-up on who's walking who every day).

33 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday: Anna K.: A Love Story

  1. Marisela Zuniga says:

    This sounds really good! I didn’t read crazy rich Asians but I loved the movie and gossip girl, I think i’ll enjoy this book!

  2. Debra Branigan says:

    Well, taking on this classic has to be quite the challenge. My interest is piqued, so I will check out a copy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. R A I N says:

    I haven’t read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians BUT I WONT FALL BEHIND ON THIS ONE!! I WONT I WONT I WONT! I WILL READ IT!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️

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