Anna K. is a modern reimagining of Anna Karenina following elite teens of New York. I was told this was basically Gossip Girl, and I would say that is an accurate representation.
I was looking for a drama-filled, indulgent read and this delivered. I appreciated the Asian representation and that it was not constantly in your face. I could read an outrageous story and have subtle reminders that I was able to relate to some of the instances of racism and micro-aggressions.
Knowing this was an Anna Karenina reimagining, I was expecting tragedy. The ending delivered on that. I was left a bit heartbroken and sympathetic to these tragically flawed characters. The beginning could be a bit slow as you are introduced to all of the characters and trying to figure out how you can relate to the top 1% of the world. You can’t really, and that’s what I found to be the best escape.
This wasn’t a groundbreaking novel for me in terms of Asian representation and own voices reads, but it was a perfect escape into a pseudo Gossip Girl world that kept me invested.