All These Things I've Done
Birthright: Book the FirstBook - 2011
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Anya Balanchine works hard to keep her family together in a gritty futuristic New York plagued by crime and shortages. But when you're the daughter of a murdered mob boss, nothing is easy, especially when you fall for the son of the ambitious new assistant DA. As Anya's cousins scheme for personal gain at her expense, she has to choose between her head and her heart. Will she be able to balance everything...or will her world come apart at the seams?
Chocolate and caffeine are deemed illegal in Anya Balachine's world. Being in a mobster family who was known for dealing with such things mean nothing to her, however. After a deadly outbreak of poisoned chocolate comes about, Anya finds herself in the middle of the tabloids over and over again.
It’s the year 2083. Coffee and chocolate are contraband, teen cell phone use is illegal, and water is rationed. Paper making uses too much water, so books and paper are scarce. Anya is the 16 year old daughter of the biggest mafia boss in New York. Her father was involved in the illegal manufacturing of chocolate, which resulted in both of her parents getting killed.
Anya Balanchine spends her days caring for her brother, sister, and grandmother. She tries to stay out of the family business, but is dragged back in when someone poisons her ex-boyfriend with Balanchine chocolate and the police begin to suspect her. She is forced into one of the most difficult trials of her life and has to make some unavoidable decisions to keep her family safe. Things get complicated when she begins to fall for the assistant D.A.’s son, her new classmate, Win Delacroix. Will she become the reluctant gangster and fulfill her duties as head of the household, or will she follow her heart and stay on the right side of the law?
Grades 9-12, 354 pages
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