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All These Things I've Done

by Gabrielle Zevin
Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Macmillan Audio | September 6, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

All These Things I've Done is rated 3.7778 out of 5 by 9.
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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.96 × 5.18 × 0.88 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1427213585

ISBN - 13: 9781427213587

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Dystopian with unusual heroine The Good Stuff Fast paced with plenty of twists to keep you intrigued Fabulous dark and snarky humour Intriguing strong female character with depth - really impressed with the character development Interesting secondary characters Liked the importance of family that is highlighted. Nice to see realistic and strong bond between Anya and her family Virgin doesn't lose her virginity, even-though she is tempted, she really wants to wait until she is married (this is done in a non in your face preachy way) Will definitely be picking up the next book (when it comes out in paperback later this year) Mix between mafia, mystery and dystopian - very unique Characters actions fit her personality - you don't always agree with her decisions/actions but you get why she does it The Not so Good Stuff Had a hard time dealing with the fact that chocolate and caffeine could make someone act like they were drunk Would have liked more background on how the world became this way Made me crave chocolate 4.25 Dewey's Jen from work lent this to me and I didn't have to review (Thanks Jen I am glad you lent me this one)
Date published: 2013-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was expecting it to be better I found this book was a little boring and I didn't really like it. I was expecting it to be better but i still liked the ending and the characters. But i found that the plot was slow then it sped up quickly at the end. I liked the ending but I probably wouldn't read this one again or the next one if the series continued.
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's not that bad, despite the slow pace I would not really put this book in the dystopia category. Yes it’s got some sort of elements (the shortage of paper, chocolate and coffee being illegal, etc) but it just seems like everyone’s putting everything in dystopia when it shouldn’t be because it’s all the rage. What got me to really liking this book was Anya as a character. She’s basically on her own taking care of her family, at the same time managing to run parts of the mafia underworld and going to school. That’s a lot on her plate and she manages to do it quite well. It’s that strength that she’s got that really got me liking her, she’s very down to earth and manages to maintain a wry sense of humor as well. The characters overall in the story are pretty good. I liked Scarlet a lot, didn’t care for her choice of boyfriend though (he’s a LOSER and a JERK I don’t care what happened to him, I did not like his past actions with Anya). The romance with Win and Anya, I really didn’t care too much for. It just seems to be so, overdone and cliched. (Surprise surprise, mafia girl goes for.. *gasp* the DA’s Son...riiiiighhhttt....) The plot is a slow pace, so it may not be for everyone. World building isn’t a great emphasis here, so you don’t really know why chocolate and caffeine are illegal. (Which may irk a few). I didn’t mind the plot despite the pace, there were times when I thought it should have gone quicker, despite the slow start and momentum, the plot is decent and the ending leaves you satisfied (at least for me it did) Looking forward to book two! I really liked the mafia spin on this book and am looking forward to more!
Date published: 2012-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good at Some Parts This book was not exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting a good dystopian fic considering it was one of Heather's Picks, but I was not too satisfied. Firstly, it wasn't dystopian like I heard it was. It's simply a sci-fi world where chocolate is illegal. I wasn't a fan of the writing style. It annoyed me a bit that it was written like a normal 1st-person perspective story, but at times, the protagonist and narrator, Anya, acknowledged the fact that there was the reader. It made the story have parts of epistolary into it, and I personally found that it takes away from the story and the quality of writing. Win, the love interest in the story, was really the only character that kept me going. This is one of those books in a series where I contemplate on whether or not I want to read the next book. I probably will end up reading it, just to find out what happens to the characters. More towards the end, there were elements of suspense which was a positive thing. Overall, this book is simply okay. I've definitely read better, and I've definitely read worse.
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely a book I will be finding myself reading over and over again Immediately I dug into the book and devour it. It was as addictive as chocolates themselves. Sadly I went away for eight months to Taiwan and never got around to reviewing it before it was published. Now all that set aside , I just got to say that I love some of the promotional things they do with novels. The people or person that does them is both brilliant and hard working. I imagine for an author and others involve in the team it takes a lot of work to promote a novel. In this case: Coffee Covered chocolates with the main character's (whose the daughter of a dead mob boss) last name on it's package. Not only was it fun to dig into the book itself, but devouring the chocolates were also a yummy treat. So I just want to say thanks to Ksenia Winnicki @ Macmillan for sending this to me =D I found this novel to be witty, charming and overall a great read. It was easy to dive into the story. There was many circumstances where I could not put the book down. Zevin's did a amazing job with characters. She made each and every one of her character stand out and apart from each other. Every person in the novel had their own little trait about them (Natty; genius, Win;hats, Scarlett; theatre, Gable; Jerk ect;) that set them apart. The story flows flawlessly in first person. It was set in the big apple one of my favourite places. The originality of it was what peak my interest when it first arrived and through out the entire novel. Set in the future where chocolate is illegal. Who would not want to read a story like that? All These Things I've done is definitely a book I will be finding myself read over and over again. Especially since it set in NYC. After I received this novel in the mail I actually went on a vacation in NYC. So I got to see some of the many places that are actually talk about. It was cool reading the novel while actually visiting the places that the characters go to. Annie devotion and love towards her family, even when sometimes she went astray from that path, was mesmerizing and beautiful. I thought the strong sense of family ties and love (and how far you would go for them) was what made the novel more strong. The things Annie did and gave up for her family is what made her a strong protagonist. I felt heart broken every time she had to give up something up (that she truly loved) because of the situation she was in. This novel, though intriguing at every point, was not a hard read. My only complaint was that the ending did not seem satisfying enough. It did not feel like a ending but more of a cut off point. This September 2012 the sequel comes out, Because It is My Blood. I am definitely looking forward to the second novel. This is definitely a novel that readers should read or put on their tbr pile.
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read All These Things I've Done tells the story of Anya, who lives in a poverty-stricken New York apartment in 2083 where chocolate and coffee are both illegal. I thought this was a great book and I enjoyed the plot and characters, but I thought the ending could've been a bit stronger (I'm guessing a second book is coming?).
Date published: 2012-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite well written i bought this on a whim when i got my Indigo gift card as a Christmas gift and I feel it was money well spent. chocolate being illegal is far fetched but hey, humanity once thought computers in every household would be impossible! it's well written and i enjoyed the main character, Anya's honest, sometimes very blunt voice throughout the book. strongly written beginning and middle but had a weak conclusion. the ending felt slap-dash and not very well thought out. But other than that the book was very enjoyable, and very real life-ish, other than the fact that chocolate is illegal!
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chocolate And Coffee Is Illegal - Say What Now?! How Will I Survive?! I'm always amazed at the extreme creative lengths publishers and their wonderfully talented designers will go through to truly make a novel shine. Imagine my surprise upon the arrival of my copy of All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. The hardcover's dust jacket itself was incredibly smooth and the chocolate heart luminescent in the light. What I wasn't expecting, however, was the little surprise waiting for me beneath the dust jacket. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CYfDWqBngbo/TqDAg9vndiI/AAAAAAAACXk/L9-p07i9cLA/s500/AllTheseThingsCoverShot.png It may look like a real chocolate bar but it's not so taking a bite out of it MAY have disastrous consequences. The engraving on the hardcover is phenomenally detailed to look like a Balanchine Dark Chocolate bar - a wonderful bonus for the owner of the novel! With a futuristic setting of 2083 where drinking, eating, or possessing chocolate and coffee is illegal, All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin drew me in with great fervor. The novel, overall, reads like a teenage mafia drama, one that sadly took me quite a bit to get used to. All These Things I've Done is the only title that I've read by Gabrielle Zevin, so unlike many other readers I was not prepared for her different writing style. Chocolate And Coffee Is Illegal - Say What Now?! How Will I Survive?! Unfortunately I had a fairly difficult time grasping the concept of the novel. I, regrettably, found the idea of chocolate being illegal extremely ridiculous but found the idea of coffee being illegal a little bit more plausible. I mean considering that coffee is, indeed, in reality a drug and that the cocoa bean in chocolate is...well...a harmless but very delicious bean. The mafia and crime aspect of the novel was excessively weak. I had hoped for something stronger but along the way I found that the story started to droop in comparison to it's very strong beginning. In terms of characters, I rather enjoyed Anya. Despite being what I'd label a "mafia princess" (pardon me, I watch far too much Mob Wives), I'd say the girl had a pretty difficult time. I admire any character that can pull through the nitty gritty a taller and stronger person. Gabrielle Zevin's All These Things I've Done had an incredibly unique dialogue that pulled me in immediately. Despite a few cracks in the sidewalk that left me bewildered, confused, and overwhelmed, I found her latest novel to be very entertaining. Young Adult readers with a knack for diving into reads that stand apart from the others will want to check this one out!
Date published: 2011-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chocolate Forbidden! Who Would Ban CHOCOLATE ???? Emotions run high in this dystopian novel, where chocolate and coffee are banned was an interesting take to this book. It is set in 2083. I felt mostly sad for Anya after all she's been through with her family. With her older brother (Leo), and sister (Natty). As the daughter of a former crime boss, her whole family lives with their grandma. Gabrielle did make me picture New York, the way she presented it. The story was through Anya's eyes. She is protective of her close family, and she likes to speak her mind. When her ex-boyfriend gets poisoned by the chocolate her family produces, this is where it really starts to pick up. During this time we meet handsome Goodwin (AKA Win) who I would say is Anya's perfect match. It takes a while for them to see each other as more than friends, but it was cute to see their relationship grow. But Win's father is also the new D.A. in town, so he may cause problems. Anya really is the parent in her family, she puts them above herself which makes me admire her. Near the end is where all the action came in and now I want to read the next one. Overall, it was a different take in a dystopian novel, I cant live without chocolate or coffee which would be hard to ban in my opinion. Based on the plot of the novel, it was well put together and the characters were developed. I would like to see more the the inside world of the factories, what will happen to a certain couple. But I did like how the last sentence ended. I cant wait to see what happens next
Date published: 2011-10-25

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All These Things I've Done

by Gabrielle Zevin
Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.96 × 5.18 × 0.88 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1427213585

ISBN - 13: 9781427213587

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All These Things I''ve Done I . i defend my own honor T HE NIGHT BEFORE JUNIOR YEAR--I was sixteen, barely --Gable Arsley said he wanted to sleep with me. Not in the distant or semidistant future either. Right then. Admittedly, my taste in boys wasn''t so great. I was attracted to the sort who weren''t in the habit of asking permission to do anything. Boys like my father, I guess. We''d just gotten back from the coffee speakeasy that used to be off University Place, in the basement of a church. This was back when caffeine, along with about a million other things, was against the law. So much was illegal (paper without a permit, phones with cameras, chocolate, etc.) and the laws changed so quickly, you could be committing a crime and not even know it. Not that it mattered. The boys in blue were totally overwhelmed. The city was bankrupt, and I''d say maybe 75 percent of the force had been fired. The police that were left didn''t have time to worry about teens getting high on coffee. I should have known something was up when Gable offered to escort me back to the apartment. At night at least, it was a pretty dangerous trek from the speakeasy to where I lived on East Ninetieth, and Gable usually left me to fend for myself. He lived downtown, and I guess he figured that I hadn''t been killed making the trip yet. We went into my apartment, which had been in the family practically forever--since 1995, the year my grandma Galina was born. Galina, who we called Nana and who I loved l
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

“The story is incredibly compelling–an intriguing future with a classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Readers will be racing to find out the sequel’s release date as soon as they finish the last page.” -- School Library Journal   “…romance fans will likely adore the star-crossed passionate romance, the heroic gestures, and the responsibility-be-damned happy ending that brings the protagonists back together.” -- BCCB   “The talented Zevin writes Anya and Win’s high-wire romance as jolting for both the participants and readers.” -- Booklist , starred review   “…the achingly realistic romance between this latter-day Romeo and Juliet, told in Anya’s earnest voice, will attract readers as surely as chocolate attracts…mobsters.” -- Horn Book Magazine “ In Gabrielle Zevin''s All These Things I''ve Done , we fast-forward to 2083. Chocolate and coffee are contraband (can you imagine?!), paper and water are scarce, and New York is crawling with crime and poverty. But this is normal for sixteen-year-old Anya Balachine, daughter of the city''s late crime boss. Until, that is, the chocolate her family manufactures accidentally poisons her ex and all fingers are pointed at her.” – TeenVogue.com “The love story’s to die for, and the tangled web of relationships will keep readers intrigued to the last page.” – Kirkus Reviews “Offering th
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