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Saturday, May 18, 2013

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin: Mini Book Review

All These Things I've Done
by Gabrielle Zevin
Square Fish
ISBN: 978-0-374-30210-8
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.


The Good Stuff
  • Fast paced with plenty of twists to keep you intrigued
  • Fabulous dark and snarky humour
  • Intriguing strong female character with depth - really impressed with the character development
  • Interesting secondary characters
  • Liked the importance of family that is highlighted. Nice to see realistic and strong bond between Anya and her family
  • Virgin doesn't lose her virginity, even-though she is tempted, she really wants to wait until she is married (this is done in a non in your face preachy way)
  • Will definitely be picking up the next book (when it comes out in paperback later this year)
  • Mix between mafia, mystery and dystopian - very unique
  • Characters actions fit her personality - you don't always agree with her decisions/actions but you get why she does it
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Had a hard time dealing with the fact that chocolate and caffeine could make someone act like they were drunk
  • Would have liked more background on how the world became this way
  • Made me crave chocolate

4.25 Dewey's

Jen from work lent this to me and I didn't have to review (Thanks Jen I am glad you lent me this one)

1 comment:

  1. I've read a few review on this one, mostly ones which say bleh or its ok. So yours was the first one which caught my interest. It sounds like a really creative and different sort of storyline. I think I'm up for it. I can get it an the digital library. I'm going to add it to my wish list. Thanks for the great review.
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