Title: All These Things I've Done
Series: Birthright #1
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC, 354pp
Source: Publisher, Requested Review
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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 accidentally 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.
All I can say is If Chocolate and Caffine is ever made illegal, I will go absolutely crazy. It's not hard to believe that things could actually come to this in the future. They ration water, paper is scarce, You have to have vouchers for things like candles, and ice cream. They close down amusement parks because they take up too much electricity, drain pools because they use too much water. And the weird thing is alcohol is legal at any age. I guess if it isn't a big deal if no one wants it.
Anya just wants to live a normal life, but you can't choose you parents. I don't know how any one person could go through as much as Anya did. When she was 4 her mom gets shot in the head, and runs the car into the tree while her brother was in it, making him mentally disabled. At 9, her father gets shot in the head while she and her sister are playing at his feet. But I guess any Mob family would have to worry about that kind of stuff. She has to take care of her brother, sister and her grandma. She's only sixteen. And when her grandma dies, she has to worry about the family being split apart. She is a very strong character.
I really liked the romance in this story. They were completely head over heels in love with each other and didn't try to question it. This is a very good book. I can't wait for the next one to come out.