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All These Things I've Done

By Gabrielle Zevin and Ilyana Kadushin
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Publisher Description

From Gabrielle Zevin—the author of the critically acclaimed Elsewhere—comes the first book in the Birthright series, All These Things I've Done, a masterful novel about an impossible romance, a mafia family, and the ties that forever bind us.

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.

18 Reviews

“OH. MY. GOD. Anya, you did not just kiss Win... good gosh I don't know what I am going to do with myself. This book started off a little slow but it picked up really quickly. There were so many plot twists including (but not limited to): 1. Leo (her brother) trying to kill one of her relatives 2. "Jacks" poisoning the chocolate (though I sort of guess it) even though he swore he didn't... by the way, I think this shall come back later... DUN, DUN, DUN! 3. Scarlet getting together with Gable... I really didn't like Gable 4. Anya ACTUALLY breaking up with Win (because she tried so many times and couldn't) 5. Win coming to Liberty (a juvenile reformatory) in the very end of the book to wish Anya a happy birthday even though she broke up with him... which him coming ends with Anya kissing him... TWICE. I was so emotionally torn up after this book... I felt like my limbs were being torn apart one by one and it was terribly good. The author took an old over used idea and turned it into new and amazing things... sort of like what Jesse Andrews did with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and cancer but on a whole new level... it was an amazing book. If you are thinking about reading it... don't think PICK IT UP AND READ...”
“Good book. And I didn't know there were sequels, so I must read them!”
“I would have loved this book if it wasn't for the ridiculous premise that chocolate and coffee are banned. Really? Those are best items that the author could come up with?”
“Anya is definitely not a typical teenager. She is the primary caregiver for her ailing grandmother, her older brother who hasn't been the same since an accident when he was younger and her highly intelligent kid sister. I really enjoyed seeing the difference sides of Anya. She's a realist and wiser than her years and very protective towards her siblings. Because of their grandmother's failing health and death of their parents, Anya is more of an unintentional mother figure towards her siblings. While it's a lot of responsibility to have on her young shoulder, she's too busy caring to ever complain and I respect her for that. The situation Anya and Win find themselves in reminds me of Romeo and Juliet — not the romance side of the story, but the difficulties they will have being together because of their family's standing in society. Anya is the daughter of a slain mob boss and Win the son of New York's new DA. Win's father doesn't want Anya in a relationship with his son because of how it might look to the public associating with the daughter of a known crime family. Their romance developed overtime, making it more realistic. Anya is cynical when it comes to love and tries to push Win away because of the possible danger a relationship with Win could put her family in, but ends up getting closer to him. I loved Gabrielle's writing style. When it came to the facts about the world she's created, the information was succinct and to the point, which kept the story fast-paced. All These Things I've Done is not a dystopian. I don't mean that in a negative way, just as the way I personally see it. While it's set in the future, it reminds me of the past and interpretations of New York that I've seen through movies depicting a time when economy was stagnant and the city had become notorious for high rates of crime. Instead of being a dystopian, it's more of a possible natural evolution of the world and not the result of a major disaster or oppressive government. It's a unique story with complex characters, mystery and forbidden love. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.”

About Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which is now a motion picture, and Young Jane Young. Her most recent novel is Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, one of the best books of the year, according to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, the Atlantic, Oprah Daily, Slate, NPR, the Hollywood Reporter, and many other outlets. Her novels have been translated into forty languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

Ilyana Kadushin is best known for her narration of the Twilight audiobook series, and has worked on other audiobooks, including The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Post Grad and Dune, which won an Audie Award. Her other voice work includes national commercials, animation, and popular video games such as Lord of the Rings.

Ilyana Kadushin

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