Sunday, October 23, 2011

All These Things I've Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: All These Things I've Done
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Pages: 354
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)GOODREADS

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 accidentally 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 Review: 
              Who Would Ban CHOCOLATE ????
         Emotions run high in this dystopian novel, where chocolate and coffee are banned was an interesting take to this book. It is set in 2083. I felt mostly sad for Anya after all she's been through with her family. With her older brother (Leo), and sister (Natty). As the daughter of a former crime boss, her whole family lives with their grandma. 

         Gabrielle did make me picture New York, the way she presented it. The story was through Anya's eyes. She is protective of her close family, and she likes to speak her mind. When her ex-boyfriend gets poisoned by the chocolate her family produces, this is where it really starts to pick up. During this time we meet handsome Goodwin (AKA Win) who I would say is Anya's perfect match. It takes a while for them to see each other as more than friends, but it was cute to see their relationship grow. But Win's father is also the new D.A. in town, so he may cause problems. Anya really is the parent in her family, she puts them above herself which makes me admire her. Near the end is where all the action came in and now I want to read the next one. 

Overall, it was a different take in a dystopian novel, I cant live without chocolate or coffee which would be hard to ban in my opinion. Based on the plot of the novel, it was well put together and the characters were developed. I would like to see more the the inside world of the factories, what will happen to a certain couple. But I did like how the last sentence ended. I cant wait to see what happens next


Upcoming Review next: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey  


  1. How could they possibly ban chocolate?! That's just crazy talk! I've seen this around but haven't had time to stop & read more about it. Great review, this will be another that goes on my list =)


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