Release Date: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 354 pages
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.
Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.
Probably not the type of dystopian novel that could come across your mind. but It still has this crazy world element to it. And the most important element is the scarce water that people have to deal with. Thus, there are no productions of anything that waste water. Such as chocolate and coffee. And so that's when you start to feel like everything would suck if we those two things disappeared from our world.
Here is my only problem with this book: it was slow paced. I fall asleep reading it from time to time. Sometimes, I wanted yell PLEASE GET TO THE POINT.
Of course, I felt sorry for Anya. She was the parent of her siblings. So sad. So stressful.
And the author did a great job capturing the emotion of Anya.
Did I mention this book takes place in 2083?