All These Things I've Done (Paperback)
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Short Description for All These Things I've Done Sixteen year-old Anya's parents have been murdered because her father was the head of a notorious underworld gang. Now she is determined to keep herself and her siblings away from that world. But her father's relatives aren't so keen to let them go.
- Published: 29 March 2012
- Format: Paperback 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780330537896 ISBN 10: 033053789X
- Sales rank: 94,316
Reviews for All These Things I've Done
I had read some good reviews for this book so I decided to try it for myself. This is the first book in Gabrielle Zevin's Birthright trilogy.
The story is set in a future world that has many restrictions on basic things that we take for granted, I have to admit that I struggled to imagine chocolate ever being an illegal product!
Anya, along with her brother and sister, had been through a lot in their short lives thanks to their connection to New York's criminal underworld. Anya tried to take charge of any bad situations because she was fiercely protective of her family and I loved this side of her. She seemed to switch between being a tough character who thought she could take on the world, to a sensitive catholic girl who needed as much help and guidance as she could get.
Reading about the time Anya spent in Liberty children's facility was uncomfortable, knowing that she didn't deserve any of it made it even more difficult to read.
I liked the relationship between Anya and Win, it didn't happen instantly like many other books that I have read (not that don't like that kind of instant attraction, it just wouldn't have been right for these characters), instead their relationship progressed over a period of time.
This book was written as though Anya was talking to you, the reader, and I really enjoyed this style of writing.
Towards the end Anya had some very difficult decisions to make and I wasn't really surprised at what she decided to do. The end itself left so many possible scenarios for the next book rushing around in my mind.
An intriguing tale of forbidden love and family loyalty, I can't wait to see what is in store for Anya in the next book. by Kate Verrier
Gabrielle Zevin has strongly wrote about loyalty and it comes across to the reader as being an extremely important, if not the main, part of the book. I really admire how Zevin has included this in the book because I think this detail is what makes the book what it is.
It's about a Mafia family but there isn't a lot of Mafia business involved in the book, which is good because otherwise it may have taken over. Instead Zevin has concentrated on portraying one girls problems and responsibilities.
Anya is the heroine of the book, and I also admire how Zevin has characterised this character. She is basically the head of the family, so she has to be strong and brave for everyone else, while inside she's still a 16 year old girl who has had to become mature quickly over the years. Her boldness has to be envied. Also do not fret if you are thinking Anya is like all the other girls books, because she is not, she's unique and worth reading about.
All These Things I've Done is a strong book with a strong plot but is an easy read. A definite for everyone! by Mariaunder review