Friday, December 9, 2011

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin Review

All These Things I've Done Gabrielle Zevin book coverAll These Things I’ve Done
By Gabrielle Zevin

Sept. 6, 2011
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 368 pages
Source: Library

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.


— Amazon.com description

Hmm. A bit of a disappointment for me, actually.

All I knew going into this story was that it was about “a world in which chocolate is forbidden.” WHAT? WHAT SATANIC PERSON WOULD DO THIS TO OUR SOCIETY? Sounds like hell on earth, and sounds like something I’d like to read about.

But, to me, this seems like more of a mob book. Turns out, Anya comes from a long family chain of gangsters, and she’s sort of the heir apparent, whether she likes it or not. Sure, it’s an interesting crime drama. Pretty intriguing. But not what I was really looking forward to.

Anya herself was a bit of a problem…her asides addressing the readers distracted me, and it was hard to stay connected to her when much of the story was told through recaps.

Still, an intriguing and unique premise that I know many others have enjoyed. Just not my cup of, um, hot chocolate? Mmmm…chocolate…

Anna Reads young adult book blog

8 comments:

  1. I'm still curious about this one and hope to read it before the year ends. Thanks for the review!

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  2. Agreed. Anya B. was just not a likable character.

    Also, being vegan means I give up the majority of chocolate (with a few yummy exceptions) so the world is similar to mine! :-P

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  3. for some reason, this is one of those books that hasn't perked my ears. thanks for the honest review :)

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  4. I enjoyed this one for what it was but it was definitely more of a mobster book than a dystopian or any such thing. It felt like a pretty big setup for the next in the series so I'm interested enough to see how that one plays out.

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  5. Hey, you don't find books with this name in them too often! *i-nya not an-ya as I often get called* I'll have to check this one out. Mob books are always the best!

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  6. agreed - this was much more of a crime-thriller, which i ended up liking a lot.

    a world without chocolate is no a world i want to be a part of.

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  7. I was disappointed in this one too. Mostly because I freaking LOVED her other books, especially Elsewhere. So sad. And why would you outlaw CHOCOLATE. That's horrible. HORRIBLE.LOL

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl

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  8. I am reading this right now and Im having a hard time to connect with the lead character. But I still have more pages to read through so hopefully itll get better.

    By the way im a new follower cute blog. Hope you check out mine when youre free. thank you.

    Lalaine
    ♥Ficbookreviews♥

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