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All These Things I've Done (utgåvan 2011)

av Gabrielle Zevin

Serier: Birthright Trilogy (1)

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In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.
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Titel:All These Things I've Done
Författare:Gabrielle Zevin
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Great premise. ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
I wasn't sure whether I would like All These Things I've Done. The Australian cover is gorgeous, but I have never been a fan of fiction centred around the Mafia, whether in film or book form. It doesn't hold the allure for me that it does for so many others. However, the focus of this novel is not upon the criminal activities of Anya's extended family but, rather, upon her relationships with her immediate family members and budding romance with Win. Indeed, the normalcy of a good proportion of All These Things I've Done means that it is a book that should be enjoyed by lovers of contemporary YA fiction, despite its futuristic setting and crime-based plot.

For a book that focusses on a Mafiya family, All These Things I've Done is surprisingly low-key. While it easily retains the reader's interest, Gabrielle Zevin accomplishes this not through constant action or page-turning suspense but, rather, through cleverly rendered characters who you can't help but want to read more about.

Personally, I found Anya the easy stand-out. She is strong and independent and extremely aware of her responsibilities, but is not without her weaknesses as well. Zevin has created a character who truly reads like a sixteen-year-old who has been the protector of her siblings for several years, which is no small feat. Anya combines duty and mature insight with a tendency towards rash behaviour that exposes her youth at times. Above all, however, she is likeable and easy to identify with, despite her unusual upbringing.

All that said, it is Win who will likely prove the favourite of many readers. Kind, devoted and good-looking, he is just the type of romantic interest to gain a large following. For those who are not smitten by Win, Anya's childhood crush, Yuji Ono, provides an intriguing alternative. I, for one, hope that we'll see a lot more of him in the rest of the series!

I wasn't entirely sure about Anya's best friend, Scarlet, however. It's hard to give my reasoning without spoilers, but her later alliance with someone who wronged Anya dreadfully towards the beginning of the book seemed unconvincing to me. Certainly, it wasn't an action of the loyal friend she is painted as – and I'm not sure it sends a good message to Zevin's readers. It will be interesting to see what comes of this plot point in later books.

Although it is the first book in the Birthright series, All These Things I've Done is surprisingly self-contained. While a few threads are left untied, in order to entice readers to continue with the series, those who do not read on will not feel robbed of a satisfactory (if not entirely happy) conclusion to the novel.

There is no reason not to continue reading, however. All These Things I've Done is a solid new offering from Gabrielle Zevin that is sure to appeal to a broad range of readers. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
YA dystopian future, first person adolescent girl, trying to keep her family safe. Have we reached a point where enough of these have been published yet? Can we stop? The nice thing about this one is that the main character isn't trying to disrupt her dystopian government, just survive along with her mafia related family. Also, the rest of the world hasn't disappeared, the economy actually makes sense, and they have vouchers and poverty and items that are banned. The main issue I had with this book is the writing style. If the parts where the main character was addressing the audience were cut it would have been much more effective. Word choice was frequently iffy.
  Welfycat | Mar 3, 2020 |
DNF at 31%

First of all, I'm not entirely sure why chocolate and coffee were illegal. Anya mentions them being chosen (something to do with politics) because they were things people could live without, but there was very little talk about why. Also, I didn't really believe it when people were getting high from caffeine. Everyone had been living with it for years, but suddenly it impacted people like a drug? I had a hard time wrapping my head around the concept, and the author wasn't very clear about the specifics. If you're going to change how the game is played, please provide detailed instructions.

I really liked Anya as a character, and I adored her family. She and her siblings survived a lot during their formative years, and everyone was affected in a different way. Leo's story is heartbreaking, and I both love and hate that he was so trusting. Natty was your typical annoying little sister, but it was easy to tell how much they loved one another. I'm not entirely sure how their grandmother continued to have custody over the children, since she was incapable of taking care of herself.

Once Anya is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend (it's in the synopsis, but it would have been obvious regardless), I stopped feeling as invested in the characters and their lives. She's supposed to be really great at reading people and noticing details, but she seemed to miss the most important ones. Those missed details are what got her into trouble in the first place, and then everything went downhill from there.

I enjoyed the beginning of All These Things I've Done, but lost interest once she was arrested. The police officers in charge of her case didn't behave in a professional way, and they seemed giddy about trapping a sixteen-year old girl and accusing her of murder. They weren't interested in anything else she had to say, because they went into their interrogation self-assured and single-minded. Everything about it felt wrong.

This review can also be found at Do You Dog-ear? on April 30, 2019. ( )
  doyoudogear | Oct 10, 2019 |
Excellent. I love Zevin's writing style. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
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