Author(s): Gabrielle Zevin
"All These Things I've Done," the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.Still, it is Anya's nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life. "In the Age of Love and Chocolate" is the story of growing up and learning what love really is. It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin's writing for young adults: the intricate characterization of "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac" and the big-heartedness of "Elsewhere." It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.
In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the third book in the series that began with All These Things I've Done. Zevin is one of my favourite authors, and she hasn't let us down with this one. At only 18 Anya is having to battle with the mess that was left to her by her late Mafia-boss father, she has already spent some time in jail and she has the responsibility of looking after a younger sibling. She begins a nightclub that brings more success than ever expected. It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. - Briony
Of her writing, "The New York Times Book Review" said, "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities."
Gabrielle Zevin is the author of "Elsewhere," "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac," "All These Things I've Done," and "Because It is My Blood," as well as two novels for adults. She lives in New York City.