The Plot (from Goodreads):
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?
I liked this one so much more than the previous one in the series. This one had more of a Crazy Rich Asians vibe, without the teenage angst feeling quite so awkward and forced. I loved hearing about their wild shenanigans, although I can’t relate to their experiences at all! I liked Anna’s storyline of overcoming tragedy and heartbreak, and really enjoyed the friends she met in Korea as well as how her aunt and uncle helped her get her mind off things.
The audio production was great. I really appreciate the list of “Who’s Who” at the beginning of the book, although I wish I was able to flip back to it to remind myself. I was easily able to speed this one up, and thought the narrator’s voice was very clear and a perfect match for the story. This was the perfect thing to listen to in order to get my mind off some tedious spring cleaning! I flew straight through the whole audio.