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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Birthright (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374380759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374380755
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8 Up—In the third and final installment of the series, Anya Balanchine continues to develop into a strong and smart woman. Even though opening a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix means her relationship with Win is over, she is determined to soldier on and become successful. However, Anya's loyalty, ability to love, and strength is tested, and tested hard. Zevin's taken the space provided in the trilogy structure to grow and flesh out her characters. Overall, the series has been romantic and smart, and this final entry does a great job resolving Anya's story and tying up loose ends. Zevin has crafted a delicious tale that isn't without bitterness and darkness that rightfully finishes on a sweet and satisfying note.—Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ

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"Zevin has crafted a delicious tale that isn’t without bitterness and darkness that rightfully finishes on a sweet and satisfying note." - School Library Journal


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

A great story that left me very satisfied at its end.
Lisa Hildebrand
She can come off as really obstinate at times, frustrating you as a reader, but she is also very loyal to those she loves.
S. Shamma
I liked this one quite a bit but I just felt like it also kind of went slow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on December 26, 2013
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Anya Balanchine knows about hardships and sacrifice. She also knows, better than most, that sometimes difficult choices have to be made.

Now eighteen and working closely with one of her former enemies, Anya is on the verge of opening a nightclub specializing in medicinal cacao--the first attempt to circumvent the laws that have made chocolate illegal in the United States for years. With that victory so close, Anya is also forced to accept the things she has lost in her efforts to legitimize the family business--namely the boy she loved, Win Delacroix.

Just as Anya begins to taste professional success, her personal life begins to fall apart. In order to make her way through, Anya will have to seek out old friends and enemies as she makes her way in this dangerous world where chocolate is illegal and family means everything in In the Age of Love and Chocolate (2013) by Gabrielle Zevin.

In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the final book in Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright series which started with All These Things I’ve Done and Because It Is My Blood. The book itself is also broken into two parts: The Age of Chocolate and The Age of Love which, as you might have guessed, illustrate the shifting focuses of the story as well as Anya's shifting priorities.

It's hard to talk about the conclusion of a series without giving away too much about the story (or about the books that came before). What I can tell you is that while this ending wasn't always the one I expected or wanted for Anya, it is the only conclusion that makes sense for her as a character. It is the only one that could be truly satisfying after moving through the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Wallace on June 24, 2014
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After the high of the previous book, I was really looking forward to reading the third of this series wanting to see what steps Anya would take next. I like the idea of tackling social justice issues head on and Anya does just that. The romantic relationships with Anya were a bit too simplistic and lacked heat in this book. In the end, the book kind of wrapped up with a slow sizzle and left readers turning the next few end pages looking for a punch, cliff hanger, or profound resolution. Nope just a list of other books to purchase.
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This installment is really quite disappointing. It seemed a bit lazy and sloppy in character development and plot. It certainly did not inspire me to turn the page as rapidly as the first 2 installments. What an unfortunate way to close a trilogy. It would be unfair to claim the book is all bad. It is readable, but cannot hold a candle to the others.
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By Tori Davis on May 22, 2014
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Gabrielle Zevin is one of the most interesting and creative authors I've ever had the pleasure of discovering. The books I've read by her are amazing.
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By Quamy on May 20, 2014
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I'm really sad I finished this book because now I have no idea what I'm going to do with my life :(
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This is the last book in the Birthright series, featuring harsh yet awesome Anya Balanchine. Through the first two books, she has lost a lot of her family due to her life in organized crime (her family runs in the black market chocolate business) and has fallen in love with a boy who she has no business loving. She been arrested, on the run, been proposed to. She has been thrown into the family business whether she likes it or not. Now, we are at the end, and Anya is going to be making the toughest decisions so far.

This is more of an overview of the entire series so bear with me.

While All These Things I’ve Done started out slow, the series quickly picked up speed and by the end of the first book, I was pretty hooked. Yes, I was in love with Win. Because who wouldn’t be? And yes, I loved Anya. She frustrated me, making huge mistakes and bad choices. Her selfishness was severe and harsh, her judgement strong especially to those she claimed to love. I loved her drive and restlessness, and how sometimes not everyone can understand you and you have to leave some people behind. She makes some bad choices, ones that she regrets and by the third book, she is so frail and fragile, it’s a wonder it’s the same character. This is when I fell in love with Anya again- right here, vulnerable and unsure of herself. To be broken and brought down so low, and to find a way to rise up again. She’s a great heroine.

I loved Win, even when Win was awful. My heart broke fror them both and through the series I was always rooting for them to be together. This is especially difficult because I did really enjoy Theo, Anya’s business partner and chocolate supplier. Funny, warm and friendly, he was some much needed humor in the dark story.
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While I think that, overall, this was a good conclusion to the series -that there were some twists that were unexpected and yet so perfect for the characters, I was a bit underwhelmed.

I think that there are so many issues that go underexplored, so many missed opportunites. And a couple of spots that were a bit too convenient for my taste.

BUT -it was a satisfying ending. Additionally, the characterization of the relationship between Anya and Mr. Delacroix was heartwarming and perfect. The growth of Anya as a character is refreshing and adds an interesting dynamic to all of the political subterfuge-y things that happen. I do love Zevin's cheeky little nod to The Godfather in certain spots. It's a nice little wink to any of her older readers who actually understand the references.

Despite a bit of anticlimax, I maintain that this is a fantastic series. Simply fantastic. I will recommend to anyone.
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