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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Birthright (Book 1)
  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners; Unabridged edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427213585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427213587
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,229,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Ilyana Kadushin’s tempered reading perfectly suits Anya’s attempts to keep her emotions hidden under the surface…With believable Russian accents for older family members and deliberate timing that deftly builds suspense, Kadushin will keep listeners riveted with this futuristic story of a mob family.” – AudioFile Magazine

 

“Narrator Ilyana Kadushin perfectly captures Anya’s character, providing the heroine with a voice that sounds young and vulnerable, but strong-willed…The excitement and drama of the book’s early chapters translate well to audio and will keep listeners on the edge of their seats.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“Narrator Ilyana Kadushin does an outstanding job voicing the various characters, adding credibility to the production. Although the story’s dystopian elements seem lightweight – humorous even – compared to the apocalyptic themes of other titles in the genre, the intriguing mystery and exceptional characterization will keep listeners thoroughly invested.” – School Library Journal

 

“Narrator Ilyana Kadushin quickly brings listeners into Anya’s life as she navigates the chaos all around her. Kadushin paces her performance to methodically reveal Anya’s intelligence and protectiveness of her family. Carefully measured emotion perfectly matches the carefully distanced feelings that Anya needs to keep in check in order to survive all the things thrown at her that she must do…Listeners will eagerly look forward to the next installment.” – Sound Commentary

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Praise for the print edition of All These Things I've Done
 
“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 the excitement of a crime drama and the allure of forbidden romance, this introduction to a reluctant Godfather-in-the making will pique the interest of dystopia-hungry readers.” –Publishers Weekly

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.
 
 

Ilyana Kadushin is best known for her narration of the Twilight audiobook series, and has worked on other audiobooks, including The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Post Grad and Dune, which won an Audie Award. Her other voice work includes national commercials, animation, and popular video games such as Lord of the Rings.

 


More About the Author

Gabrielle Zevin is the author of eight novels, including Elsewhere and most recently,The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which is a New York Times Best Seller.

Customer Reviews

Zevin's writing captures great character and an engaging plot that I loved.
Sarah Woodard
Without a doubt Anya is a wonderful character, I love the relationships she has with her siblings and the way she interacts with the wider Balanchine family.
Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
I don't know what happened to authors planning to tell a story in one book, but this one felt like it dragged on a bit and reached no real climax.
Kassiah Faul

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Q @ Let Them Read Books VINE VOICE on August 10, 2011
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As soon as I read the synopsis, I wanted this book! I was drawn to the idea of a future world where chocolate and coffee (two of my favorite things!) were illegal and available only through a black market controlled by the mafiya (not a typo, that's how it's spelled in this book). Think of underground coffee bars as opium dens and chocolate bars bought and sold like bags of weed. A lot of other things are also regulated in this futuristic world: postage is paid on emails, paper is a rare luxury, water is so scarce that fountains and swimming pools have been empty for decades, there are no more resources to make clothing so everyone wears vintage hand-me-downs, and just about everything else is rationed.

Anya Ballanchine is technically a chocolate mafiya princess, though she has distanced herself from the family business. Both of her parents were killed in mob hits, and the only thing she cares about is keeping her brother and sister safe while caring for their ailing grandmother and staying under the radar of Child Protective Services. But she can't escape her family ties forever, and three things happen that land her squarely back in the family's sights: she unknowingly gives her ex-boyfriend a chocolate bar laced with poison, the family lures her mentally-impaired brother into the business, and Anya falls in love with the new Assistant District Attorney's son.

Though I really enjoyed this book, it ended up being nothing like what I expected. Even though it takes place in the future and chocolate is the impetus for a world of mafiya violence, it was never really made clear why chocolate (and coffee, for that matter) was deemed dangerous and made illegal in the first place.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"All These Things I've Done" by Gabrielle Zevin, is about Anya, a 16 year old in the future,and is also the daughter of a deceased crime boss. Her dad was a crime boss because he runs a chocolate business, as chocolate is illegal. In this book, Anya will have to endure several life difficulties of a restricted world. It is restricted because there is a shortage of water (ie. regulating shower time, etc.), caffeine is illegal, taxes are high, crime is grand, and most is in ruins.

I think that kids would enjoy it because it is a book containing drama and some romance. It isn't too thick, but spread throughout the book.

My favorite parts were when Anya and Scarlet sent Leo to Japan to escape danger, and at the end of the book when most turns out well. I think this book is special because it shows us that we need to learn from our mistakes and we should listen to ourselves.

Girls from ages 14 to 18 who like drama would enjoy it.

Review by Young Mensan Paige M., age 13
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Allure of Books on September 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin is the first of (what I think) will be a trilogy. In this book, Gabrielle has established a story line and a group of characters it would be extremely difficult not to become invested in.

We are a few decades into the future - and chocolate and coffee are illegal. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) for our MC, Anya, she was born into a crime family. She can binge on chocolate whenever she wants. Of course, downside: her father, the previous boss of the family, was murdered when she was younger. Now she feels in charge of her two siblings and ailing grandmother. Anya's older brother suffers from a mental disability and her younger sister still has constant nightmares about their father's murder. Needless to say: Anya has her hands full.

Of course, that was just the stress she was used to. Add in an ex-boyfriend who is seriously poisoned by a stash of chocolate she gave him and her strong attraction to a boy who just happens to be the son of the city's defense attorney and Anya's family starts to seem like the least of her problems.

I haven't read any of Gabrielle's other books, but her writing style and characterization seriously impressed me. Unfortunately, I still didn't feel as connected to the characters as I would have liked to be. Maybe it's because I had to way to relate to anything going on, because goodness knows that is certainly true (considering I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma versus a crime lord's den in New York City).

But, even though I never felt a deep chemistry or a real sense that I was getting to know the characters, I absolutely devoured the book and fully intend to continue the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kassiah Faul on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been trying to think of what I want to say about this book for two days, and I still don't know how to phrase the way I feel. I liked it. It was okay. I feel underwhelmed.

Gabrielle Zevin has combined two of the best things in the entire world (coffee and chocolate) and made them forbidden. Throw in a sweet boy who's in a non-band and is totally off-limits, and you've got a winning plot, right?

In theory, yes.

This book centers around a young teenage girl thrust in the middle of adolescence and adulthood too soon. She has to deal with more than anyone her age should have to go through, and yet I just don't feel *it* with her. She's too controlled, except when she should be. Then she makes rash, mostly unexplained decisions, leaving us wondering what she was thinking.

The futuristic society that Zevin paints has such potential but isn't elaborated on enough to reach it. There are mafia ties and mysteries woven throughout, but it's almost like the characters don't want to make the effort to make us believe the strife they are going through. The "star-crossed" romance between Anya and Win seems forced to me, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up with her sister in the future. That's not a spoiler, by the way--it's a sign of how much I didn't feel their chemistry.

NGL, though, I kindof really really liked when he kissed her tattoo. There just wasn't enough of those swoonworthy moments in the book.

This is the first in a series, and I wonder if that is what has me feeling so...meh about it. I don't know what happened to authors planning to tell a story in one book, but this one felt like it dragged on a bit and reached no real climax. Kind of like this review.

I'll get to my point. This book had potential that, in my opinion, it didn't live up to. I'm hoping for more in the sequel, but I wish I didn't have to wait for a sequel to get it.
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