Anna K: A Love Story

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Thorndike Striving Reader
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5.6 X 8.6 X 1.5 inches | 1.95 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

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 has previously published humor essay collections and middle-grade novels, and 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).


Named a must-read book of 2020 by Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, The Nerd Daily, The Week, Her, and more!

"A fresh and wickedly smart take on a classic story. Anna is even more scandalously fun now, in the age of stilettos and social media, than she was in 19th century Russia. I couldn't put this one down."
--Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals

"A slow-burn epic tale of love in modern-day Manhattan high society...a gripping story with sympathetic characters struggling through the mire of modern relationships."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A little bit Crazy Rich Asians and a little bit Gossip Girl, Anna K is a smart, crafty, and utterly engrossing story about love, addiction, mental health, and what it truly means to be a teenager."
--Isabella Ogbolumani, Page 1 Books, Evanston, IL

"Tolstoy meets Gossip Girl? Xoxo to that! A clever romp that is both delicious, scandalous, prep school drama and sly commentary on wealth, relationships, upper crust society and more, Anna K is loads of fun as Jenny Lee spins Anna Karenina (and that infamous train scene) into a contemporary drama that had me madly and delightedly turning pages. You're going to love the ending, I promise! Would Tolstoy approve? Honestly, who cares?"
--Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

"Imagine Gossip Girl and Anna Karenina collided and in that split second, their collision formed a high-drama, superbly compelling story--that's what Anna K. is. Anna and company are mesmerizing and will keep your eyes glued to the pages until the very end. Fans of the CW and Freeform shows are sure to devour this one."
--Rachel Strolle, Glenside Public Library District, Glenside Heights, IL

"Anna K reminded me of Gossip Girl (I was obsessed) mixed with a sharp undercurrent that makes for a smart, fresh retelling of an old classic. Anna K stays true to the melodrama and social commentary for sure, but I also love the change in the ending and what it means for Anna's character. I love too how every character seems to operate in shades of gray. They all have their pros and cons, their ups and downs. It makes them more real as opposed to caricatures when they very easily could have become the latter. I could gab for ages, but in short: I loved it."
--Kalie Barnes-Young, Barnes & Noble at the Grove, Los Angeles, CA

"It's difficult to imagine a lofty tome like Anna Karenina turned into a teen drama extravaganza, but Lee manages it with aplomb, giving heart and heat to Anna K. Don't be fooled by the dizzying array of high fashion, text drama, and drug use--the commentary on race, gender, social constructs, and privilege is there, it's just buried under a layer of cotton candy vape pens and designer handbags. I can definitely see this appealing to fans of the CW and PBS alike."
--Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS