All These Things I've Done

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Sep 6, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 368 pages
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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.

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... all in all this is a beautiful piece of writing - LibraryThing
The plot is a slow pace, so it may not be for everyone. - LibraryThing
The premise is really interesting though. - LibraryThing
The ending...talk about abrupt! - LibraryThing
The writing is good and the story flowed flawlessly. - LibraryThing
I fall in love with Zevin's writing. - LibraryThing

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This is a great book almost ruined by religion. Sixteen year old Anya Pavlova Balanchine is the second oldest orphan child of the don in a crime syndicate Family which revolves around the production ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookaholicBanter - LibraryThing

I absolutely adored this book! It was very hard for me to put this book down and go about doing things I needed to get done. This story was beautiful, sad, funny, and refreshing. It was a change from ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Gabrielle Zevin is the author of award-winning books for young adults including Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and Elsewhere. Her books for adults include The Hole We’re In and Margarettown. She was also the screenwriter for Conversations with Other Women, which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” A dog lover and Harvard graduate, she lives in New York City.

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