October 27, 2011

Guest Review: All These Things I've Done

Title: All the Things I've Done
Author: Gabrielle Zevin

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.

Guest Review

My daughter, age 12, was super excited about this one, so I let her read it first if she promised to review it.  We ended up doing an interview review!  Here is what she had to say!

Why did you decided to read this book?
When we first got it, my mom said it was a book where chocolate and coffee was banned.  After I heard that I really wanted to read it.  Chocolate banned! I wanted to know about that.

So did you like the book???
Yes I did because it was set in the future.  But the cool thing was, that it wasn't what it was all about.  It was mostly all about the main problem in the story and how Anya had to deal with it.  And it was also fun to read what it would be like if chocolate and coffee really were banned!

Tell me what you thought about the main character Anya
I really liked her because she was strong and smart.  I also liked that she wasn't whining because she thought her life was so hard.  She just did what she had to.  That made me really like her.

What part did you like the best?
I liked when Anya met this girl Mouse.  I thought it was interesting because Mouse doesn't talk.  I think she couldn't talk, so instead she wrote everything down on a notepad.  I liked that part because of how Anya and Mouse had to talk.

Would you recommend this book to a friend and why?
Yes I would! It was fun and there was a lot of things happening, so that kept it interesting.  I liked the characters and what they did.  I just liked everything about the book. It was a really good book, so they should read it!

Thanks Miss Daughter for sharing your thoughts on the book.  As the mom I know that she loved the book because she tore through it.  She reads fast anyway, but this book was one she had done in one day.  Let me clarify - one SCHOOL day.  She started it when we got to school and finished it that night.  Yes she went to class too :)  I think that shows she enjoyed the book.  Now I've got to read it!


  1. That was SO cute :) Thanks for sharing :) She did a fab job.

  2. I've been really curious about this one! Now I want to go and pick it up! Great review/interview! :)

  3. Will definitely add ~ all these things i've done ~ to my growing stack of "must reads". I love your daughter's honest answers, and that she wanted to read the book because of the banned coffee and chocolate. Not a world I'd want to live in! I recently had my son review the 39 Clues series for my new blog, literarylunchbox.blogspot.com I'm a bit prejudiced, but I think he did a remarkable job!

    Glad I found your site! ~ Ali B