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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033053789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330537896
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gabrielle lives in New York City. She is the author of two books for young adults, Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, as well as an adult book, Margarettown.

Gabrielle is also the author of the screenplay for the film Conversations With Other Women, starring Helena Bonham Carter.

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"Anya's attractive blend of strength and innocence makes her such a likable heroine. . . . The achingly realistic romance between this latter-day Romeo and Juliet, told in Anya's earnest voice, will attract readers as surely as chocolate attracts . . . mobsters." --"The Horn Book" "Zevin excels at inviting readers into Anya's mafiya paranoia. . . . Anya is a likable character. . . . The love story's to die for, and the tangled web of relationships will keep readers intrigued to the last page." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Offering the excitement of a crime drama and the allure of forbidden romance, this introduction to a reluctant Godfather-in-the making will pique the interest of dystopia-hungry readers." --"Publishers Weekly""" ELSEWHERE* "A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin." --"Booklist," starred review * "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive." --"The Horn Book," starred review * "Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss." --"School Library Journal," starred review "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . . No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts." --"The New York Times Book Review" MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC"Zevin is completely convincing on the intensity of early passion and the way it can evaporate in the rays of something new, and she has a light touch with the deceptively shallow anguish of adolescence." --"The New York Times Book Review"

About the Author

Gabrielle Zevin is the bestselling author of Elsewhere. As well as writing fiction for adults and teenagers, she is also a screenwriter. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. Gabrielle Zevin lives in New York. All These Things I’ve Done is the first part of an eagerly anticipated trilogy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2012
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To start with and to be honest what should a 60+ grumpy old man (and proud of it) steeped in SF, Warhammer's Black Library, Historical, Military, Political, Scientific and Religious factual books be doing reading YA teen romance ?
Well for a start off looking for something lighter and anyhow browsing as one does through this and that, chancing upon this tale set in a grim not so far away and credible future New York and a clutch of good reviews leads one to `Yeh. Why not?' Thus enough with the journey and onto the book.
Set in 2082, the central charter Anya is the middle child of an assassinated head of a criminal family, her mother already killed in mistake for her father, her elder brother is brain damaged as a result of the latter and although her dying grandmother is legally the guardian Anya is basically the head of this part of the family with her trying to juggle roles of carer, student, defender and teenager in a broken down and crime ridden city. The backdrop is one of prohibition, the satirical take being this time it's chocolate and caffeine. Of course bootleggers are growing rich and powerful.
The tale is one of trying to survive, nurture, mature and romance. Anya is a thoroughly likeable, brave, determined and principled young woman already wise beyond her 16 years, but here's the twist she is not the clichéd cynical or world-weary stock character, still very much the idealist. Add to the mix a star-crossed lovers scenario with Win the son an ambitious DA, along with a simmering crime war and you have quite enough to keep Anya occupied with a myriad of events and challenges.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 16 Jun 2012
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This book is a reasonably engaging, light read. In fairness, I am not its target audience and just because this male grumpy old git didn't enjoy it all that much doesn't mean you won't, but I wasn't terribly impressed with the story, the characters or the development of a potentially interesting setting.

The plot and setting is well summarised elsewhere, so I'll spare you another recap. The story is rather slow to get going but picks up fairly well and has enough interest to hold the attention. It has an original-sounding setting in a dystopian future New York, but the sense of time and place were disappointingly underdeveloped. The characters were reasonably well done but seemed to me to be a fairly bland set of stock figures, often placed in versions of pretty familiar situations. I never really engaged with them, which meant that the romance at the heart of the book fell rather flat for me.

It is generally well-written (apart from the odd moment of very clunky dialogue) which makes it flow smoothly and means it is easy to read. It is plainly aimed principally at young women and I suggest that you read some of the more favourable reviews here from them before deciding whether or not it will be for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookLover1000 on 31 Dec 2012
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It was so interesting. I couldn't put it down, I ended up finishing it within about 3hrs!!!!!!! I Loved the realty to the story and I'm sure I'll read it again many times in the future. I recommend it for everyone's the age of 9. It is a great read!!
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By Sheila Camp VINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2014
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I’m busy reading a book about Drugs Trafficking and thought this would be a bit of light relief. There is no rule to say that a 64 year old can’t read a children’s book is there? I loved the cover of this book.

We meet Anya in 2082 where chocolate and coffee are illegal (how boring) and she looks after her nana (who is dying) and her sister and brother, as well as going to school. Her mother and father are dead but her father was involved in crime and her uncle still is. He keeps them supplied in chocolate because he is making it for a country where it’s not banned. Anya’s ex-boyfriend pays a visit for some chocolate and he is accidentally poisoned, with Anya getting the blame. She is sent to the Liberty Children’s Facility, which is a home not a jail. Anya can’t agree with this.

Anya is very strong willed and is always getting into trouble. At school she is put on dinner duty and has to wear a red apron and hair net. Let your imagination run away with you and picture the scene, her in this get-up throwing a plate of Lasagne over her ex-boyfriend.

There is a love interest in this book, the district attorney’s son Win. Because Anya doesn’t give him the ‘come on’ you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.

An enjoyable, easy read, but would I want to read the rest of the trilogy – I’m not sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2013
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Welcome to a world at sometime in the future where just about everything, at one time or another, is illegal and that includes 'chocolate'. I had a panic attack at the thought! Of course, there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for substances being banned...the world is running short of resources. The less there is, the more people will do to get it and that's a superb opening for this dystopian/mafiaesque novel.

From the beginning we know our heroine, Anya Balachine, is a tough cookie. She's only just 16 and the opening chapter introduces us to her vile boyfried, Gable Arsley, propositioning her. Get ready for the rest. Nothing's every easy for Anya. Her mafia boss father is dead, murdered, and she's doing everything in her power to protect the rest of the family from various gangsters and their lifestyle. Her sister Natty saw their father die, her brother, Leo, has special needs and relies on Anya for comfort and Grandmother is alive only due to the machines which keep her breathing. That's a lot for anyone to deal with.

Chocolate is very much at the core of the book. It's a massively popular item on the black market and, unfortunately, it's Anya's downfall as she feeds the illegal substance to her boyfriend with dreadful consequences.

I enjoyed the easiness of the writing. All These Things I've Done is almost compelling in it's simplicity, I enjoyed how Anya seems to speak directly to the reader. It's a method which allows the character to give a lot of information about themselves in their own words. You feel you know them as an individual and Anya's situation throws up a few hard hitting questions about society and morality; legalisation of substances, the black market, organised crime, sex and the fate of children born into a mafia family.
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