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All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
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Nov 12, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: teen-fic, middle-school, high-school, has-sexy-times, blinded-by-science-fic, action-adventure, book-on-cding
Read from November 02 to 11, 2011

I was not prepared for how much I ended up liking this book. Although it looks pretty dystopic, I think it's kind of dystopia-lite compared to the other broken futuristic societies I've read. I liked that Zevin kept this one 70 or so years in the future, but lots has stayed the same. It's mostly a realistic portrayal of what we could be looking at in 100 years if things continue-only recyclable materials, water shortage, paper shortage, etc.

I liked that this has a little bit of a mobster crime piece to it, although I would have liked a little bit more (honestly, I would love for Anya to take over the Balanchine chocolate empire because I think girlfriend is 16 going on 30). The characters were so strong in this book and Zevin gives teens the glory they deserve. If I have to read another book where some teen makes a totally unrealistic decision that is mostly plot-driven, I am going to throw a library book, I swear. I'LL DO IT.

What I really liked was that Anya is strongly Catholic, but in a way where religion helps her feel better about her shortcomings (although this girl is crazy GUILT-RIDDEN). I loved that Anya wanted to wait till she was married to have sex, but in a relatable way. (Note: it goes on the sexcy times shelf because I mean, she wants to. But SPOILER she stays strong END SPOILER). She's such a strong girl role model and I loved that about her. And it made me love Scarlet for being such a good friend to Anya, who really needs to be hugged more often.

Anyway. I usually don't have much to say about books I really liked, but this book really made me think and I will definitely tune back in for the next book. I already gave this to one of my 8th graders who hates reading and she is plowing through it too.

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