Thursday, October 20, 2011

All These Things I've Done By Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done (Birthright #1)

Genre: Young Adult


Sixteen year-old Anya becomes the head of a mafia family after her parents are both murdered by rival gangs. Although Anya is embrolied in the criminal world, she is determined to keep her brother and sister out of the mafia family, but her father's relatives aren't so keen to let them go. 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.

Eventually she is freed by the new D.A. in town, who believs she has been framed. But this D.A. is the father of Win, a boy at school to whom Anya feels irresistibly drawn, and her freedom comes with conditions. Win's father wants to be mayor, and he can't risk having his ambition jeopardised by rumours spreading that his son is seeing a member of a notorious crime family. Anya knows she risks the safety of her family by seeing Win again, but the feeling between them may be too strong to resist...


I should start off by saying that I am very picky with what young adult books I read, this one is one of the books that you have to read. Anya lives in a world where chocolate among a few other things is illegal, did you just scream in horror inwardly? I sure did. With her parents dead she is left under the guardianship of her gravely ill grandmother which leads to Anya having to step up and look after her younger sister and her older challenged brother. Anya is haunted by her family name and legacy and gets in some real trouble when her ex-boyfriend Gable gets poisoned off a chocolate bar she receives from her cousin Jack, the question is who is poisoning the chocolate supply.

This book was amazing. I was glad Gable got what he deserved but also pleased that it allowed him to see the light of sorts. I loved Anya and the way she puts herself at risk to protect her family and her brother. I hated Win’s father for the bargains he had forced Anya to take. I loved Win for at the end for not giving up on Anya and I was happy when Anya took a chance;

“For that moment, I was a person without a last name and so was he. We did not have fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, uncles or cousins to remind us of what we owed or were owed. Obligation, consequence, tomorrow- the words did not exist, or perhaps I had temporarily forgotten their meanings.”

The way this was written was smooth and like nothing I have come across before. The story itself is brilliant, I could not stop reading once I started, I didn’t want to stop, I didn’t want the book to end. There was emotion and heartbreak mixed in with family corruption. One of the best young adult reads I have read.



Braine Talk Supe said...

I've been reading some good reviews about this book. Thanks for sharing your views

Jet said...

I can't believe how much I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for stopping by :)