Friday, March 16, 2012

All These Things I've Done Review

354 pages

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.

I thought the whole idea of a dystopian crime family made this an interesting book. Anya is an extremely realistic individual who sees the world for what it is and not in a constant romantic way. Anya is torn between doing whats right for her family and figuring out who she is and what she wants out of life. The romance between Anya and the D.A.'s son, Win, is intense but practical. Anya doesn't lose her head over romance. The poisoned chocolate mystery makes this book even more interesting. Its kind of funny to think of a crime family trafficking chocolate but its definitely different. For the most part this book was an ok read even though it didn't completely change my life. I recommend this for those who like crime novels mixed with some dystopian fiction.


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