In the Age of Love and Chocolate


“It takes nothing, save a spot of courage, to kiss a pretty teenager at a high school dance. It takes nothing to say you love a person when she is perfect and her mistakes can be dealt with in a ten-minute confession.”

All These Things I’ve Done 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 she is eighteen, and her life has been more bitter than sweet. 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.

“As rich as quality chocolate.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Like a bar of gourmet chocolate, the concluding volume (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013) of Zevin’s “Birthright” trilogy will satisfy even the most discriminating literary palate.” —School Library Journal (Audio)


“[R]omantic and smart… Zevin has crafted a delicious tale that isn’t without bitterness and darkness that rightfully finishes on a sweet and satisfying note.” —School Library Journal

A Selection of the Junior Library Guild

Available October 29, 2013 in the United States.

in the age of love and chocolate audio

Also available in audio from Macmillan Audio. Read by Ilyana Kadushin.

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“…this is the very perfect ending for the series.” —Good Books and Good Wine

In the Age of Love and Chocolate was the perfect ending to Anya’s story. The word “epic” is pretty overused these days, but there is something epic — in the classic dictionary definition, as in “heroic or grand in scale or character” —about the last installment of this story…. I never thought that reading about one person handing a strawberry to another could make me tear up.” —Jen Ryland, YA Romantics

“One of the best final books I’ve read this year…. the ending was perfect.”  —Jenuine Cupcakes

“The ending was bittersweet and perfect…. This series will forever be on my recommend list….”—Ex Libris Kate

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38 thoughts on “In the Age of Love and Chocolate

  1. Thanks for asking. I’m not entirely sure, but I’ll find out. In the UK, I imagine it will be no sooner than Summer 2014, as Because It Is My Blood doesn’t come out there until August 2013.

  2. I found this wonderful book of yours whilst doing a book report. These books our now my Favorite books.I read Almost 24/7. I was absolutely thrilled when i found out there was a third book. I finished, Because Its My Blood, this afternoon ,after reading for six hours strait, I am going strait to the nearest Book store tomorrow after school!

  3. What does DDT YLRPANG IS IMY IHTYMYO IKIDHARBIDWAETHY ITIMSLY IDHMR stand for?!?!?! I must know! I’ve been trying to figure it out for weeks!!

  4. hi, when this book are going to come out in french? I’m a french reader and i love the two books of the mafia of chocolate!!!

    1. Bad news! The third book will NOT be published in French at this time. There’s some chance this situation could change, and I’ll let you know if it does. Thanks very much for reading! —gz.

  5. Hello,
    Gabrielle I am one of those people who judge a book by its cover and that’s how I bought the first book that tells the story of Anya Balanchine. Loved it … I read the second and also really enjoyed. But now I do not find the version in Portuguese of the third book. It was published in Brazil? Sorry errors, do not know if I understood, I do not speak or write English and used the google translator. I would like a response. If you have not published in Brazil, has any plans? Thank you for your attention and I look forward answers.

    1. Thank you for writing, and I am glad you are enjoying the series! There are plans to publish the third book in Portuguese, but unfortunately, I do not know when that will be. I will update this website when I find out. —g.

    1. Unfortunately, the third book will not be published in French — the publisher feels that the audience for the first two books was too small to justify the cost of translation.

  6. I’ve been looking but I can’t find what it means. I’m dying…

  7. I have a question; what is Anya’s mother’s name? Everyone’s name is said or heard except the mother of the Balanchine children.

  8. Hi Gabrielle! I was wondering if/how much the book series was inspired by the Godfather? I find a lot of similarities between Anya and Michael, with her refusal to take her father’s place yet how natural it is when she takes the role, proving it really is her birth right. Also I was wondering, what was the inspiration behind the female jail Anya frequently finds herself in? Still one of my favourite series of all time!

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