Tuesday, October 4, 2011

All These Things I've Done

Title: All These Things I've Done
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
ISBN: 978-1-4272-1358-7
Why Read?: For Fun
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: A future where chocolate and coffee are banded could be pretty bleak, and if your family is the US's top exporter of chocolate, that means your family is a bunch of crimials, a mob actually. This is the predicament that 16-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself in. As if she does not have enough trouble keeping track of her older, mentally-challenged brother and her spunky younger sister while their guardian, their grandmother, is on life-support, she is accused of poising her ex-boyfriend with chocolate. And on top of all of that, she, a girl from a criminal family, finds herself falling for the new boy at school - who just happens to be the ADA's son. This is one dystopian full of teen angst, but it works. The world Zevin imagines is on the verge of another dark age which very little hope, and the reader of this audio book, Ilyana Kadushin, manages to capture this mood perfectly - but a little more than I would have if I had read it rather than listened, and this threw me some at times.
Rating: 4 stars

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