All These Things I’ve Done – By Gabrielle Zevin

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Goodreads Synopsis: In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight–at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

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Well this read was quite the roller coaster. Going from interesting to boring, to interesting again and then to annoying. It was very hard to decide on a rating after I finished it.

If you want to read a dystopian mafia story don’t read this book, because it’s honestly not about either one of those.  The world is underwritten and a lot of things don’t make sense.  The ”reason” for making chocolate and other items illegal is hardly expanded on, and the one that was given didn’t make any sense. The whole point of this story is the love story, and the way it’s told is pretty cliche and boring.

Along with general bad writing and poor world development, the main character spends a lot of time slut-shaming every other girl she meets or sees. The book as a whole is pretty sex negative. The main character is catholic, and the book felt pretty preachy. Anya goes on and on about how you’re going to hell if you have sex out of marriage. It really was just not necessary.  And it was also interesting that as soon as she sees a boy she’s attracted too a lot of her ”morals” fly out the window.

There were some characteristics that I liked about Anya. I did like it that she loved her family and actually took care of them. She puts a lot of effort into helping her brother, though she did struggle with connecting with her sister I think the fact that she tried made me want to like her.

I really wanted this book to have a strong female lead taking her place in a mafia family. But it just never happened and I didn’t connect to what the story actually was. I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads because I didn’t hate the book, I was just bored.

 

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