In The Age Of Love And Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Age Group: Young Adult
Age Group: Young Adult
by Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this series, I did. But this one felt a little rushed and slow to me at the same time.
We are back with Anya and her family/friends. Her brother is still around and her best friend. Also, we get to see more characters in depth. We get to see more of Theo and his relationship with Anya, we also get to see more of another guy who I shall let you find out on your own. And of course, there is Win. Oh dear Win. I still loved him in this one.
Anya is faced with many choices in this one. She has some tough choices ahead of her. I liked seeing her run the club. I liked seeing her go to another country and I especially liked seeing her in the country house with her sister and Win. My favorite part of course.
I liked this one quite a bit but I just felt like it also kind of went slow. A lot happened but at times, I felt myself wanting to put the novel down.
I do think this story was amazing and I’m glad with the way things wrapped up. It was done nicely!
Overall: Still love Win! I loved Anya and Win together even though things aren’t always perfect and they have to go through alot together, and the whole time you're thinking are they going to end up together or what? It was so dramatic, yet good! I thought this series was pretty awesome! I didn’t like this one as much, its probably a 3.5 cupcake rating! But it was still a satisfying ending to the story!
Cover: Like it. I think it fits!
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