Review : All these things I’ve done, Gabrielle Zevin

All these things I’ve done by Gabrielle Zevin (Birthright #1)

September 6th, 2011 (US)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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.

My review

I love this book, really! I don’t think it’s a dystopian novel, more a contemporary story in next few years. In this world, chocolate is illegal in the US, and the Balanchine family belongs to the mafia and controls chocolate illegal import…

Anya is the kind of heroin I love, strong, brave, she has to be, she’s not the kind of person to be pushed around, when she wants to say something, she’s not shy to do it. After her father’s death, she’s really protective with her younger sister Natty, her older brother Leo which has a mental problem since an accident, and her ill grand-mother. So she has to deal with school, family and the Balanchine business and she succeeds in an amazing way although she’s only 16!

She has a bad and kick-ass reputation and when she falls in love with Win, the son of one of the most powerful person in US justice government, it seems like it’s a new Romeo and Juliet impossible love story. Win is sweet and nice and romantic, he’s perfect! For once, it’s the girl, Anya, who is more cynical and pragmatic, while Win is more idealist. Their relationship is cute and intense.

The mafia plot is very interesting, though the chocolate prohibition thing is not so real after all. It reminds me of course of The Godfather, but it’s not very cliche because there are strong, threatening and weak people like in all mafia social hierarchy. I loved The Godfather, books and movies, so it was quite exciting to read this in a lighter ton.

I can’t wait for the sequel!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Missy
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 13:50:29

    Oh interesting! The situation of story is intriguing and the character of Anya too.
    I note it! 😉


  2. Missy
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:51:47

    hoooo! You have not many books in your favorite. I note it! I note it! ^^


  3. Fleur
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 23:04:56

    Chocolat + Mafia. Wow ! It’s original, above all if it’s written in a lighter ton.
    The story make me think at the prohibition with Al Capone (lol)
    A good idea for a new reading. Thanks Francesca.


  4. Fleur
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 23:54:11

    Fortunately for us. Because I love chocolat, otherwise I will be scared to death 🙂
    The story seems really intriguing with the mafia plot, and for a change Anya is a brave teenager, funny and very protective with her family. Apparently, her life is difficult and complicated…Her relationship with Win, that’s promising !


  5. charlie
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:35:33

    First thing to mention about this book is obviously THE COVER! It looks fantastic and it’s as if the book could scream and say “read me!”

    Your review of this book really makes me want to read it! Would you say this is a page turner?


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