Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1)
Published date: September 6 2011

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Pages: 354 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.

Review: Now that I am finish with this I can honestly say that if the whole book would have been like the last two chapters...this could have been my favorite book. But alas, It wasn't so.

I won this book in a contest about a month ago and just got around to reading it because I’ve been writing my ever changing story and had taken a break on reading. I decided finally to read something again and there All These Things I’ve Done was. I took a chance and decided I’d read this until I am able to get The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa.

I was disappointed.

Before I started this book I had this whole amazing story planned out in my head because of the little blurb about the book and was excited to finally get around to reading it.

There are several things in this book that ticked me off to NO end.

The first thing would have to be the fact that she uses God’s name in vain only about a MILLION TIMES even though she’s Catholic. I am a Christian (Assembly of God/Non-Denominational) so this made me VERY angry. Even though I am not Catholic, we all still have the same God and we both believe in the whole Bible. AND when you admit that you’ve used it a lot and you make NO move to stop yourself….wow, just WOW.

The second thing would have to be the fact that it's an oddly written story and I found myself stumbling over some parts. This is coming from a girl who has been reading since she was three and has read well over a hundred books, for instance, the title All These Things I’ve Done. My mind automatically puts the omitted work, that, into the space. (Let's just say that's one of my writing pet peeves.) So then I have go back and read it again just because I’m weird about things like that. I found myself doing this several times. Do any of you guys do that?

The third thing would have to be the romance. Honestly, it grossed me out. Most teen books have some sort of romance in them and I am perfectly okay with that, but the way it was written in this book was more like groping rather than kissing. Okay, so I admit it gets better the more you read on, but the kissing scene about half through the book was downright REPLUSIVE. “I pressed my body up against his, and then I stuck my tongue in his mouth as deep as it would go...” I have read MANY a kissing scene, but *laughs like crazy* that was just ridiculous and unnecessary. A nice, “And then we made out,” would’ve sufficed. Hahahaha!

And now we move on to the fourth thing just made me hate Anya. I know most of you probably won’t agree with me on this, but I just think that Anya was a whinny little girl who needed to suck it up and do what she needed to do for her family. During the whole books she goes on and on about how she had actually seen people die in front her blah, blah, blah. The ONLY person Anya ever SAID she did see die was her dad. I mean come on, tell us who else she saw at least if she’s going to whine the whole time about it! The whole time it was, “Oh. My. Gosh. I’ve seen someone die so like yeah.” (NOT THOSE EXACT WORDS.) I myself don’t know what I would have done in those situations so I’m not going to rag on her too much.

So, honestly, this book could have been so much better. Now that I think about it, if Veronica Roth would have written it, it could have been close to the Hunger Games in popularity and amazingness. No offence Gabrielle Zevin. I really wish I would have been blown away by this one, but I definitely was not. But if the other books continue on like the last two chapters, I will definitely read the next ones in the series.