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All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Goodreads – September 27th 2011

From the author of the critically acclaimed Elsewhere comes this brilliant novel about an impossible romance, a family living outside of the law, and the ties that forever bind us.

Chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is increasingly scarce, 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—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 someone in her inner circle ends up 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 mafiya family.

Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I’ve Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and fantastic

I’ve been longing for a Mafioso!YA forever. I have always loved stories set in the criminal underworld – The Godfather has been one of my very favourite films since I was a teen. But how do you make something like that work for a YA audience? Well, by having the criminal underground deal coffee instead of cocaine! Absolutely brilliant idea that I really cannot wait to read.

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