Sunday, 8 January 2012

Book Review: All the Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: All the Things I've Done
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UK Publisher: MacMillan
UK release date: 8th May
Summary: Sixteen year-old Anya becomes the head of a mafia family after her parents are both murdered by rival gangs. Although Anya is embrolied in the criminal world, she is determined to keep her brother and sister out of the mafia family, but her father's relatives aren't so keen to let them go. When Anya's violent ex-boyfriend is poisoned with contaminated chocolate – chocolate that is produced illegally by Anya's mafia family – she is arrested for attempted murder and sent to the notorious jail on Manhattan Island.

Review: Ill start off by saying what an immense ride I've just been on while reading this book. Modern day Romeo and Juliet. A notorious crime family that don't export drugs...no in actual fact... chocolate, an illegal substance in the US. A Police officer who follows the rules and both families  brought together because of two people falling in love.

The Concept of chocolate and caffeine being illegal is unthinkable but Gabrielle makes it work. The choice of words the characters use really makes you feel like it is an actual drug. its such cleverly written.

I haven't come across anything like this. Such a refreshing read. A refreshing take on forbidden love, enemy families and an awesome similarity to the god father.

You can defiantly read each page and have a vivid image in your head of how each scene is set. its so descriptive and movie like that I can see why Gabrielle Zevin is a successful screenwriter.

Each and every character has their own individuality and it is portraid amazingly through the chapters. Anya is a very strong minded girl who people can defiantly relate to through out the novel. Her relationship with Win is very complicated but yet works and its such a captivating read when them to are together.

This novel  truly sucks you in and has you reading till all hours of the morning. This cleverly written novel is so beautiful, touching yet action packed and tragic. I was heartbroken when it was over!

 

2 comments:

Jesse @ Books 4 Teens said...

Nooo, made. chocolate. illegal - I think I might crumple in a heap right now lol.

Loraine said...

Nice review you have! ;D

Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/all-these-thing-ive-done-by-gabrielle.html

Thank you and have a nice day!!!!!! =)

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