Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Teasers: Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, and Trailer

I got this book last Friday and immediately started reading it despite the fact that I was already in the middle of about 4 or 5 other books. This book has an amazing hardcover edition. I blogged about it on my latest Under-Cover Sundays post. Go check it out!

The book:

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.

Book Beginnings:

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly meme hosted by A Few More Pages where we answer the question, "So, what is the first line of your current read, and how did you like it?"

The first line is

The night before junior year - I was sixteen, barely - Gable Arsley said he wanted to sleep with me.

First of all, this was a really shocking first line to me. I'm used to seeing something about sex in almost every book I read. I don't know what it is, but there are just very few books that never ever mention it. But to see that as a first line - Whoa! But then I realise she's not saying she did it, just that he asked her. Then I want to know more. What was her answer?!? And of course it makes me keep reading to find out not only what she said but who this Gable Arsley character is. 

The Friday 56

is hosted by Freda's Voice
*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.

It's that simple.

On page 56 of All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin: 
Daddy always said that once you'd committed (or were committed) to something, you had to honor it all the way.

Official Teaser:

You can read the first 30 pages (PDF) online thanks to Macmillan. 


I watched this trailer shortly before purchasing my copy of All These Things I've Done and loved the style of the music and the words from Anya. Watch it and tell me what you think. Would it convince you to read the story as well?


  1. Daddy was a smart man!
    Thanks for participating!

  2. I ran across this one not long ago but I passed it up, maybe I should take a closer look.

  3. I didn't realize this was set in the future. I may have to check it out!

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!