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. When Anya's violent ex-boyfriend is poisoned with contaminated chocolate - chocolate that is produced illegally by Anya's criminal family - she is arrested for attempted murder. Disconcertingly, it is the new D.A. in town who releases her from jail, but her freedom comes with conditions. The D.A. is the father of Win, a boy at school to whom Anya feels irresistibly drawn. Win's father won't risk having his political ambitions jeopardised by his son seeing a member of a crime family. She is to stay away with him. Anya knows she risks her freedom and the safety of her brother and sister by seeing Win again. Neither the D.A. nor the underworld will allow it. But the feeling between them is so strong that she may be unable to resist him . . .
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 131 x 198 x 27mm | 316g
- 29 Mar 2012
- Pan Macmillan
- Macmillan Children's Books
- London, United Kingdom
- Unabridged edition
"The love story's to die for, and the tangled web of relationships will keep readers intrigued to the last page." -"Kirkus Reviews"""
About Gabrielle Zevin
Gabrielle Zevin is the bestselling author of Elsewhere. As well as writing fiction for adults and teenagers, she is also a screenwriter. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. Gabrielle Zevin lives in New York. All These Things I've Done is the first part of an eagerly anticipated trilogy.
Our customer reviews
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.show moreby 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!show moreby Maria