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Review: All These Things I've Done b Gabrielle Zevin

in a sentence or so: fresh on the heels of a murder accusation, a mafiya daughter is caught between familial responsibility and new love.

Anya is the head of her family. she may not be the oldest, but she’s certainly responsible for her ailing grandmother, her older brother (who will forever have a 12 year old mind) and her younger sister. since her parents died, she’s accepted that this will be her role in life - to care for her siblings and grandmother and make an honest living. then her ex-boyfriend is poisoned by tainted chocolate from her family’s business, which pushes her into the public eye just as she starts falling for the new DA’s son, Win. she must learn to balance the responsibilities of her mafiya family with the new demands on her heart.

i expected this book to be largely about the relationship between Anya and Win, so i was pleasantly surprised to discover a thoughtful and challenging dystopian within these pages. in the 2080s, chocolate is illegal (as are many things), but Anya’s family remains in the business of providing people with their cocoa fix. we learn much about what it means for Anya to be a part of the mafiya, which adds depth to an otherwise romantic dystopian.

if you’re on a dystopian bender and searching for that next book to fall in love with, i recommend this one. Anya is smart, loyal, and intense. her best friend Scarlet provides a nice counterpart of girlishness and companionship, while Win is the quirky and adorable good boy. there are mysteries to solve, hidden agendas to reveal, and swoons to swoon over! Zevin is a solid writer (see here and here) and hits the ground running with this start to a new series.

fave quote: "You're imagining things," I told her. "Now what do you want for breakfast?"
"Eggs," she said. "And a love story if you've got one, Annie. A really sappy, romantic one with tons of kissing and stuff."
I ignored her. "Eggs it is." (conversation between Anya and her little sister about a potential love interest, pg 186)

bonus factor: Win's dad TOTALLY has a Harvey Dent thing going on and i loved it. a whole lot.
fix er up: there wasn’t as much world building as i would have liked, but the dedication to the characters and their development certainly fills that void. high hopes for the future installments.

title: All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1)
author: Gabrielle Zevin
publishing info: Sept, 2011 Farrar, Straus and Giroux
genre: dystopian, romance, mystery

[ftc notice: i received a copy of this book for review from Amazon Vine. i did not receive any compensation for this review. thanks, Amazon!]

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. i want to read this book and have since everyone started talking it up. thankfully there is only one person between me and this book on the library's hold list.

    asheley trivia, because i know you love it: i painted my bedroom brown, the color of coffee and chocolate, because i love each so much.

  2. YOU MAKE ME WANT TO READ THIS NOW. I have it and WHY haven't I read it yet?!?! I LOVE this review like cake.

  3. I wasn't familiar with this one yet, but it sounds awesome!

  4. Wow, I had no idea how good this sounded until now. Glad to read you enjoyed it. Great review :)

  5. I love Dystopian books. I read the goodread discription a while back, but it didn't give me that feel.. so definitely going to add this one to my list now.

  6. I loved this book. Ms. Zevin is one of my favorite authors!

  7. Ash - please add that to the list of things i LOVE about you.
    Jen - that is a valid question. WHY INDEED.
    Molly Jo - it's a good one!
    Cindy - thank you! i hope you enjoy it too.
    April - oh yes, it is dystopian...albeit a bit off the beaten path.
    Sara - she is becoming one of mine as well!

  8. Yes, yes, yes, yes yes! Love this one so much!

  9. I was feeling neither here nor there about this one, happy to let it reside in the middle of my TBR pile, but now you have me thinking about moving it up. Great review :]

  10. Read it this weekend and totally agree with you--wanted a little more world building, but the characters made up for it, and the idea of a second prohibition was really interesting.

    When it ended I couldn't tell if it was part of a series, so was excited to see it is!


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