Friday, September 2, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I've had All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin on my review stack since last May. It has finally risen to the top for this week's reading. Here is the product description:
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.
I thought it sounded like an interesting combination of dystopia and mystery.

The night before Junior year--I was sixteen, barely--Gable Arsley said he wanted to sleep with me. Not in the distant or semidistant future either. Right then.
Friday 56:
"Funny," I said. I launched my foil into her hip.

"Ow," she said. "I mean, a touch."


  1. Hmmm, Gable gets straight to the point.

  2. Both were enough to make me want more. No so crazy about the cover though.
    Thanks for participating!

  3. i've got this on in the wings. and now excited to read it from your teaser.
    here's mine (includes a giveaway)

  4. Great teasers. This sounds interesting, I'll check it out.


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