Friday, October 28, 2011

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin Review

allthesethingsivedoneAll These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Pub. Date: September 6th 2011
Pages: 354
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Library

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

My Thoughts:

One of the best books I’ve read all year! Imagine living in an era where paper, chocolate and even technology were either too expensive or illegal? Anya, the daughter of a popular mob boss, has to take care of and raise her two siblings (her older brother who is mentally handicapped and her younger sister) after her father is killed and her grandmother is bedridden. They live comfortably but it’s still tough when everyone believes that she should take head of the family business one day. She befriends and starts falling in love with the ne assistant D. A. son and it all seems to go down hill from there. Her ex boyfriend gets poisoned accidentally by the chocolate she gives him and she’s made out to be the criminal they think she is. I like different dystopia books. The writing in this one is engrossing, the characters have problems like you and I do and they’ve got their own personality and it shows with their actions and what they say in the book. Few authors manage to completely captivate me but this book was just too awesome. I give this one 5 out of 5 paws.

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As always,
That Chick That Reads

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