My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress

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....

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Title:My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress
Author:Rachel DeLoache Williams
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:My Friend Anna
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress Reviews

  • Michelle
    Sep 29, 2019
    Fascinating memoir written by a young woman scammed by a fake heiress. It's absolutely outrageous what she got away with (for a while) and it's easy to see how the author got hoodwinked in the beginning (that she is young and insecure is very evident). This might be a quirk of listenin...
  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    Jun 10, 2019
    This was everything I wanted it to be and more. Rachel took me on a JOURNEY. For those who didn't follow the Anna Delvey criminal case, here's the short version: Anna "Delvey" is a 28-year-old con artist who moved among the NYC fashion scene and was eventually convicted for fleecing ho...
  • Kelly
    Sep 06, 2019
    Totally, utterly captivating, and Williams does a great job with the audio. A lot of people reviewing this book are spending more time reviewing Williams herself, as opposed to the fact she was conned, which is pretty interesting. People duping others is, apparently, a thing I real...
  • Emily
    Jul 24, 2019
    Maybe going Dutch is a great idea? Such a crazy story! Loved it!! And appreciate down to earth friends ...
  • Julie Christine
    Oct 22, 2019
    What a short, strange trip it's been. Quick read, a little sad, a lot icky. Although I have not read the viral Vanity Fair article by Ms. Williams that launched this book, I have a feeling My Friend Anna is simply a more fleshed out version of the 2018 exposť, if the transcripts o...
  • flannery
    Jul 31, 2019
    This book is both extremely entertaining & extremely tedious, and includes CSI-level detail about what people were wearing, eating, drinking, whatever, and sentences like "The food was arranged buffet style to encourage socializing." The author takes pains to identify Anna Delvey a...
  • Katie
    Jul 29, 2019
    I struggled between two and three stars for this book. It was a really hard read, for reasons I'll outline, but at the end of the day, the juiciness of it tips it over into a three-star. A fast, easy read for summer, at least, even though it genuinely stressed me out and sort of disgus...
  • Sharon Huether
    Jan 01, 2020
    Rachel de Loache Williams a photo editor for Vanity Fair has a new friend, Anna self proclaimed German heiress. She was ambitious, generous , ate a the best restaurants and exercised with a professional trainer. She appeared to have it all. One day she announced she was taking a ...
  • Amanda
    Nov 27, 2019
    This was an interesting story. If you're interested in reading this, you may want to skip the audio version, which the author reads the book herself. The valley girl melody of the reading was really off-putting and I was tempted to DNF the book because of it. I found myself vacillat...
  • Lauren
    Sep 10, 2019
    This book reminded me of an episode of the podcast Reply All, in which one of the producers of the show realizes that her colleagues think they are all totally immune to phishing scams, thinking that only idiots fall for the obvious "Nigerian prince" emails. So, she hires a hacker to p...
  • Tzipora
    Aug 17, 2019
    Meh. I?m really not sure there was ever a whole books worth of experience to write here. I haven?t read the author?s original Vanity Fair piece about her experiences with Anna but I?m pretty sure that?s all anyone really needs to read. This book goes into such excruciating an...
  • Julie
    Aug 18, 2019
    My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams is a 2019 Gallery Books publication. Several weeks ago, this book popped up on my radar by way of Book Riot. I seem to be on a true crime kick lately, so I checked the book out from the cloud library. Although it hardly lives up to the gus...
  • Ali
    Jan 18, 2020
    Somewhere in the region of 2.5 to 3 stars, but I'm going to round it down to 2 stars, because having a very interesting subject for narrative, the actual narrative was desperately low quality. A young, supposedly rich, girl, a con artist, a trickster, a manipulator, a sociopath... ...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Nov 20, 2019
    My Friend Anna Holy heck this book stressed me out! As a self-proclaimed cheapa$$ I would NEVER hand over my credit card for $60K+ but I?m also not friends with ballers. From the first page I was completed fascinated by the tale. I wanted to shake Rachel and scream ?DON?T D...
  • BookOfCinz
    Sep 02, 2019
    Last year I read Bad Bloods: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-Up and I could not get over how Elizabeth Holmes pulled off one of the biggest scams of the 21st century. This year I randomly heard a news story about a fake German Heiress who scammed a lot of people and committ...
  • Alexandra
    Jan 02, 2020
    I was curious about this story after reading the article in VF and from having gone to college with the author. Overall, I found the book pretty disappointing. It added little to the information shared in the article and a lot of it was simplistic and not particularly well-written. Mor...
  • Suzanne thebookblondie
    Nov 22, 2019
    My Friend, Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams (#108 in 2019) Goodreads describes this one as Sex and the City meets Catch Me if You Can, and that's the most spot-on description I've ever heard. Holy WHAT?! This story is true... and so wild. I've had friends who don't like to pay fo...
  • Jeanette
    Aug 10, 2019
    It is difficult to rate this book appropriately. My first evaluation was 2 stars. But then I thought about it enough after finishing to realize that the subject matter focus was better than that rating. And that the writing itself was minutia exact and self-exposure valid enough to war...
  • Mrtruscott
    Dec 20, 2019
    How fitting that I wandered into this book so soon after ?Wild Game,? my other recent 1* review. Lots of similarities. Both books were like reading a 6th grader?s diary. There was a voice in my head screaming, ?Who cares?? (Oh wait, that voice is me). I make these poo...
  • Samantha
    Aug 06, 2019
    I?m not sure how much interest the Anna Delvey story has garnered nationally, but New Yorkers like me have been captivated by it since he news of the ?fake heiress? first hit the papers. Though fascinating to follow via news outlets, the personal account presented here by Rac...
  • Peter Monn
    Oct 11, 2019
    I?ll save my review for my booktube review which will be up soon on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/Peterlikesbooks ...
  • Yasmin ‚ú®
    Jul 30, 2019
    That a person can go through all of this and still be so shallow and vain is incredible - in a bad way. I couldn't enjoy any of this because Williams is so busy trying appear like a saint. People are calling Anna a bad person, but jeez, did Williams learn anything at all from this?...
  • Emily
    Jun 23, 2019
    I?ve been chewing on this book for a while. Not because I liked it, although I did like it, but because of its unbearable bleakness. Look, this book was always bound to be bleak despite the tawdry true-crime appeal of Anna Delvey. But I truly could not have anticipated a more demoral...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Jan 02, 2020
    This is the type of story that is easy to judge if you don't delve into the details. A young woman stuck paying for an expensive vacation she took because she thought someone else was going to pay for it? Not exactly someone's grandmother being swindled out of her life's savings! But t...
  • Frank Phillips
    Dec 09, 2019
    This book was fantastic! Did not read like nonfiction whatsoever. Read it in about 24 hours! Can't believe this is actually true!! ...
  • Rachel SV
    Aug 05, 2019
    So many conflicting thoughts on this one, but here are my rough thoughts after finishing the audiobook about 5 minutes ago. I had a really hard time sympathizing with this narrator. She often seemed the picture of privilege and her lack of boundaries is not as interrogated as I would h...
  • Nick Jensen
    Aug 21, 2019
    A frustratingly empty tale of a naive and common-senseless person who, despite being in her late 20s, still doesn't know how credit cards work or how to Google "tips for traveling abroad." Nobody with a functioning head on their shoulders would ever be in danger of falling victim to th...
  • Dennis
    Nov 13, 2019
    I am completely shocked that My Friend Anna is a real story! This non-fiction book has been optioned for a Netflix show, produced by Shonda Rhimes. I read My Friend Anna in ONE SITTING folks, one sitting! That hasn't happened in forever. Read the synopsis and then jump in! I can't ...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 15, 2019
    The real mystery here is how someone managed to keep her job assisting with photoshoots at VF and get a book deal after being scammed by an obvious con artist (Anna is supposed to come across as malevolent but she mostly seems like someone who acted like she had money and rode that wav...
  • Jane
    Jul 26, 2019
    Ms Williams was a parasite who leeched onto Anna for her money. Women like Ms Williams are called fake friends; she's only there for the money. Friendship is about sharing and splitting the bills. Bottom line: friendship is about 50:50. However in Ms Williams' case, it was only take, t...