All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

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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.

 

About Gabrielle Zevin

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Gabrielle Zevin is the author of Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, as well as two books for adults, Margarettown and The Hole We're In. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” She lives in New York City.  
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 367 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Zevin excels at inviting readers into Anya's mafiya paranoia—so much so that readers will be expecting double crosses that never happen, at least in this series opener.

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In this first installment of the Birthright series, Zevin (Elsewhere) paints a disturbing picture of a not-so-distant future, when the economy has shrunk along with natural resources, and precious luxury items—like chocolate, coffee, and newly manufactured clothing—are banned in the United St...

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Anya's deliberately stoic demeanor gradually breaks down, just as her world does, and she finds herself experiencing raw emotions --- not just toward Win but also toward her siblings and grandmother --- that she never would have acknowledged before: "I felt light-headed and breathless and like I ...

Nov 04 2011 | Read Full Review of All These Things I've Done

We Love This Book

The illegal manufacturing and smuggling of these goods is the backdrop to Gabrielle Zevin’s novel which centres on Anya, daughter of a crime clan behind this bootlegging activity.

Mar 29 2012 | Read Full Review of All These Things I've Done

The Overflowing Library

When Anya's violent ex-boyfriend is poisoned with contaminated chocolate – chocolate that is produced illegally by Anya's mafia family – she is arrested for attempted murder and sent to the notorious jail on Manhattan Island.

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WAPL Teens

Orphaned in the hit on her father - her mother was killed in a botched hit years earlier in the same accident that left her older brother and heir to the family business Leo with the mind of a child - Anya is responsible for raising little sister Natty (who also happens to be a genius), keeping L...

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New York Public Library

Anya Balanchine lives in a world where chocolate is illegal, water is scarce and New York City is a ghost of what it once was.

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