Gabrielle Zevin’s ‘All These Things I’ve Done’

A nice cover, but the protagonist doesn't actually look like this...
A nice cover, but the protagonist doesn’t actually look like this…

I just finished re-reading Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done. It’s such a great book and I can’t understand why it wasn’t a bestseller. Zevin is a great writer with a very creative idea and I felt like I really related to Anya, the protagonist.*

The basic premise of the story is this: Anya Balanchine lives in New York City in 2083, a time when chocolate and caffeine are banned. Her father was a crime lord who sold chocolate illegally. Both her parents are dead as a result of her family’s involvement in the criminal underworld. To ensure that she and her siblings don’t end up the same way, she does her best to stay out of the family’s illegal activities. Throughout the course of the story, though, various events end up threatening her family.

This book does have a sequel, but it is not as good, unfortunately.

And even though this book is marketed to young adults, I think adult readers would enjoy it, too. I don’t know about you, but I love a good dystopian, futuristic story, and this is one of the best.

*Considering that Anya is a mobster’s daughter, I’m not sure what this says about me!

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Natalie K.

Banker. I like good things like foreign languages (I speak Russian!), history, writing, reading, playing violin, and knitting. I have a fabulous blog about all of the above.