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Anna K Away by Jenny Lee
Young adult

Anna K Away

by Jenny Lee

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This exhilarating sequel finds a scandal-plagued Anna K hiding from the limelight and rediscovering herself in Korea.

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    Based on a classic

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    Second in series

Why I love it

Katharine McGee
Author, American Royals

As an author, I always find it harder to write a sequel than the first of a series, though this seems illogical: the characters are old friends by now; they shouldn’t still cause trouble! As a reader, of course, I love sequels for this exact reason. Reading a follow-up novel is comforting in the best way, the book equivalent of a gooey chocolate chip cookie.

If you’ve read Anna K, a modern twist on Anna Karenina, then you won’t be surprised that its sequel has all the opulent detail, trenchant social commentary, and tangled drama of the first. And as in all good sequels, the stakes are higher than ever for all the characters. Beatrice, who’s always guarded her heart behind careless party-girl ways, discovers what a terrifying and thrilling rush it is to finally give your heart away. Lolly wrestles with feelings for someone new and wonders if it’s possible to love two people at once. And then, of course, there’s Anna K herself, trying to put the shattered pieces of her life back together after an unimaginable loss.

Anna K Away spans more territory than its predecessor—literally, from the pulsing world of K-Pop, to the beaches of Mexico, to the gossip-soaked bubble of competitive theater camp—and also emotionally. If Anna K was a book about the intoxicating rush of first love, Anna K Away deals with the aftermath of that love, and with heartache and grief. In the end, Anna discovers the truth we all eventually learn about growing up (which were all reminded of, over the past year)—that it’s okay if you don’t always know what comes next.

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How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic death of her first love, Alexia Vronsky. At the beginning of the summer, her father takes her to the other side of the world, to connect with his family in South Korea and hide her away. Is Anna in exile? Or could this be her chance to figure out who she really is?

Back in the U.S., Lolly has forgiven Steven for cheating on her, and their relationship feels stronger than ever. But when Lolly meets a boy at her beloved theater camp, she has to ask herself how well Steven will ever really know her. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, everything between Kimmie and her new boyfriend, Dustin, is easy—except when it comes to finally having sex. And Bea escapes to LA, running away from her grief at her beloved cousin’s death, until a beautiful stranger steals her heart. Is Bea ready to finally forgive Anna, and let herself truly fall in love for the very first time?

Set over the course of one unforgettable summer, Jenny Lee's Anna K Away is full of the risk, joy, heartbreak, and adventure that mark the three months between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

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  • Columbus, OH

    Fun sequel! Anna’s global travels are engrossing and I loved the silly teen romances and squabbles. Seoul, Cali, Michigan, Orient Express, Mexico - this book took me everywhere! Easy, breezy escapism

  • Framingham, MA

    A strong second novel. Loved the focus on grief & loss which is perfect for the ongoing pandemic world. A fun romp including Kpop in Seoul & an epic party in the Hampons. Loved the pansexual rep too!

  • Milwaukee, WI

    Didn’t give me all the same feels as the first book, but thought it was a solid sequel. Quick and easy and would make a great beach read. I want more Anna K, crossing my fingers for a book 3!

  • Phoenix, AZ

    The best sequel I’ve read in a long time. I didn’t think I could love this one as much as the first - it was a great read. Love to see the character growth alllll the way around the story.

  • Waterbury, CT

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. I thought it was a fitting take on how everyone handles their grief differently. I loved the first Anna K and thought this was a suitable, page turning follow up.

  • Sandy Hook, CT

    A perfect sequel to a fun novel that is Anna K. Just as good as the 1st, this sequel grabbed me from the get go. I love the short chapters and changing narrators as they keep me engaged.

  • Dayton, OH

    I personally enjoyed this as much as Anna K. I thought this book was not quite as salacious as the first book. I liked seeing how the characters grew up and changed for the better.

  • Ocoee, FL

    I didn’t know what to expect from this sequel, but I thought it was a great follow up. It dealt with grief, loss & finding oneself very well. Anna & Bea had great story lines.

  • New Albany, MS

    Lifestyles of the rich and famous meets YA. It’s so outlandish that you have to love it! If you read the first one in the series, you must read this. Young and fun!

  • Westminster, CO

    I loved the various perspectives on handling grief while also learning to enjoy life again. I thought this sequel was a tremendous follow up on the first book.

  • Woburn, MA

    As a mother of a daughter my heart broke for Anna but I love her character and how much she grew here. I also really liked Lolly’s camp subplot - more Lolly!

  • Cameron, NC

    I loved the 1st book, Anna K., so this sequel was not a disappointment AT ALL. Still lavish and decadent with moments of sweet growth in the characters.

  • Henderson, NV

    Slow to begin and the twist at the end was much less heart wrenching, still cried at the end. Love this style of writing and the emotions invoked.

  • Loves Park, IL

    This book was everything! Our favorites are all back and we get to see Anna deal with the fallout of everything from book one. So much fun!

  • Everett, WA

    It’s rare when a sequel is just as good but this hold true. Love the Anna K series and in this one she really finds herself

  • Terrell Hills , TX

    Great sequel! Loved catching up with the characters and the twists and turns with finding ourselves.

  • Rowlett, TX

    Doesn’t beat #1 but still entertaining - loved that we got to experience Korean culture too!

  • Renton, WA

    A thoroughly satisfying sequel that felt like I was being reunited with old friends!

  • Detroit, MI

    Great sequel to Anna K. Awesome YA novel. Enjoyed this story as much as the first.

  • Suffern, NY

    What a special return to the characters we grew to love in the first novel!

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