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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review: My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams #bravethebacklist

My Friend Anna 
by Rachel DeLoache Williams

Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: July 23, 2019
288 Pages
Genres: Nonfiction, True Crime, Memoir

Sex and the City meets Catch Me if You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City—as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000.

My Review:

Did I see correctly somewhere that this is coming to Netflix?!  This true story is bananas, y'all.  Here's the thing about living in NYC.  There are always a plethora of interesting people to meet.  And when you meet someone who lives as lavishly as Anna supposedly did, you don't tend to question it. 

Imagine if you met someone like her.  She basically spoils you by paying for everything and sets a precedent to the relationship.  And you, being a bit gullible and maybe a bit stupidly loyal to a fault, are grateful for the friendship that you think is growing.  Then in one trip, everything just blows up before you can even blink.  Now, some would say WHY would she even allow that to happen. OMG, no way would *I* ever be stupid enough to.. blah blah.  Listen, you just don't know until you're in it. PERIOD.  Does the story seem a bit #richpeoplesproblems/#whiteprivelege? I can see why some people would roll their eyes at this but let's look deeper.  This is really a story about a girl who, regardless of how it happened, got conned.  Whose life got turned upside down and fought back.

The fact that this actually happened just astounds me.  How someone can manipulate and go on and one in this fantasy world they're living in just baffles me deeply.  There were definitely moments I was rolling my eyes and the back and forth in Anna and Rachel's communication were annoying at times but overall I was fascinated.  Be careful out there.


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