June 23, 2012

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

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.
Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.

A strange tale of tainted pasts and uncertain futures. Sometimes the sins of your ancestors can harm your reputation. Guilty by association seems to be the theme. The main character works very hard to keep herself and her family off the radar. The trouble is her family's name is well known by everyone and disliked by many. Certainly not trusted. The storyline is elaborately put together. With all sorts of secrets and mystery lurking around every corner. Being the daughter of a major crime boss is never an easy situation to deal with. The story and all it's complexities really flowed together. Making for a very enjoyable read. Fast paced and different from the norm. A book worth reading.

Publisher-Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
~Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program!~

1 comment:

  1. Nice review you have! ;D

    Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/all-these-thing-ive-done-by-gabrielle.html

    Thank you and have a nice day!!!!!! =)


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