“Daddy always said you only explained things to the people that actually mattered.”
― Gabrielle Zevin, All These Things I've Done
Anya Blanchaine is the daughter of a Russian mob boss, but she isn't exactly Growing Up Gotti. All These Things I've Done is a novel comprised of 17-year-old Anya's confessions.She has the world on her shoulders; having to take care of her ailing grandmother and siblings while trying to keep out of the notorious family business of selling chocolate--which has become illegal in 2083.
Anya is a self aware character and is a stand out in the YA genre. She is s smart and rational, every choice she makes is for her family and what it takes to keep them together, even when the world seems against them.
This novel features one of the strongest female heroines I've read lately, which usually makes a book all good in my eyes. However, I'm not sure this book really hit home fore me.We never get immmeresed into the futuristic setting or explore Anya's world. Instead we focus on her love life, which is never really detailed.
Did I mention this is a dystopian novel ? Because you would never guess by reading it. I mean except for the futuristic setting this novel could easily pass for contemporary. It is a character driven story that bares little to no resemblance what we expect in a dystopian novel, except for the illegal chocolate the world was pretty much exactly the same..
If you are a contemporoay fan and want to try a dystopian this novel is perfect. It tells a low-key realistic story with just a dash of dystopian
I've seen this book called Birthright #1, but really this novel could pass for a stand alone if you don't want to get invested into a series.