Wednesday, September 14, 2011

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (and Giveaway!)

Title: All These Things I've Done
Author(s): Gabrielle Zevin
Reading Level/Genre: Young Adult
Hardcover:368 pages
ISBN: 9780374302108
Publisher: Farrar,Straus and Giroux (September 6, 2011)

This is an AMAZING book! At first it was simply very strange, and when I read Anya’s words as she narrates her story I thought to myself, “hmmmm....I don’t know if I can believe these are the thoughts of a 16 year old”. Then you realize she has internalized everything her deceased father ever told her and that she draws comfort from his adages and parrots them even if she doesn't fully understand them yet. It's her trust in her father's love and past guidance that she leans on for support. We see her repeatedly quote him and return again and again to his words to her, no matter how small the advice. The problem is her father was a crime boss and his death has left Anya and her siblings in a precarious situation because of illegal chocolate connections. Chocolate is an illegal substance in 2083! (It's not so crazy/impossible if you think about it lol)

Being so astute and practical, Anya thinks she has little use for typical teen luxuries like romance, dances, or even hobbies. Her free time is instead spent looking after her dying grandmother, her handicapped older brother and her younger sister. She puts all her effort and energy into making sure they are able to stay a family and not separated by child services. What’s interesting is how the book takes place in a future time of 2083 and yet its problems are both contemporary and reminiscent of our history at the same time;the illegal status and bootlegging of chocolate have the vintage feel of the 20s and Prohibition era times. 

Anya does well keeping her head above water and in keeping her family’s survival stable until the most unexpected happens: she falls in love. And not just with any boy, but with the D.A.'s son. He makes her feel what she never let herself feel before and this scares her like nothing else. Why? Because Anya needs always to have a clear head if she is to survive. But love is not logical and that is how her story turns even more interesting.

I didn't know what this book was about when I started it but I loved it and very much looking forward to next in the series! So to spread the word I'm giving away my ARC. All you have to do to enter is click the link and fill out the form.

Contest ends October 1st, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and posted here on blog, and must respond within 48 hours or new winner will be chosen. Open to everyone. Winner will be picked randomly.

Special Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group at ALA for the opportunity to receive and read the ARC, and even had fresh coffee and chocolate for us:)


  1. Thanks for the chance! I hope it's international :D

  2. @Kasumi- yes, it's gonna be the first time I try out including international:) Also will be the first time I try using the random generator from internet too instead of writing out every single entry by hand lol. So it'll be interesting to see how it works out:D