Enter Anna K. This splendid update drew me in and thrilled me on so many levels. It felt smart and fresh, although so much of the story is a tale as old as time. Usually I’m not a fan of YA romance (nothing against it, but since I became older and a mom I’m just like YOU’RE TOO YOUNG), but I gotta say this one really landed for me. It’s like what the TV show Gossip Girl wished it was. It handles the challenging parts of being a teenager with sensitivity and every character has their own complexity. I also loved the characters had different racial and class backgrounds, making it feel more authentic. I was especially delighted with how she changed up Kitty (she is Kimmie in this book), giving her a thoughtful backstory that added a new layer to a character I was thought was just okay in the original.
I don’t think you have to read Anna Karenina in order to enjoy this, but it definitely added a lot to my own personal experience. Overall the writing in this is sharp and incredibly witty. I gave my copy to my friend and she gobbled it up in a day. I’ll be on the lookout for book 2.
CW: sexual assault, revenge porn, drug abuse, racism, & classism
ID: The book Anna K resting on a white blanket.