“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.
Also available in audio from Macmillan Audio. Read by Ilyana Kadushin.
Read an excerpt on Tor.com
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Favorite Blogger Reviews
“…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