Patrick Cusimano’s father killed a boy while driving drunk. Now Patrick is working at a grubby convenience store, and he and his brother, Mike, are the town pariahs. Caro, Mike’s girlfriend, is running from her own painful past, with no idea what she’s running toward. Layla Elshere is a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t trust. And Layla’s little sister, Verna, tortured by her classmates, finds unlikely solace with Layla’s dark tribe of outcasts.
As their fates become entwined, everyone is set down a terrifying and twisted path—leading them all toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, fears exposed, and lives shattered. Continue reading
Book blurb from Goodreads
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 accidentally 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.
Where chocolate is banned is kind of weird right, but that’s the kind of world where the characters by Zevin in All These Things I’ve Done are based. Anya’s life is complicated with her background making her condition worst. I find her relationship with Gabe Arsley the funny part of this story, and the illegal chocolate situation is kind of unrealistic because it’s going to take a lot for chocolates to ever be banned, but it’s just fiction. I found this book interesting and engaging to the reader, so I am rating 4/5 stars.
I sat down and stared at the plaque that I had won for my extra-ordinary proficiency in oncology, I remember how tears poured down from eye sockets as I went up the stage to collect my award. I was surprised because I was not expecting to have won anything for my generosity and kindness to my patients, and the kids that suffered from serious illnesses especially cancer. My idea and discovery of the way cancer can be cured without using radioactivity. I personally knew that this was a little bit out of the box, I still did not expect it because I was not doing it to be famous or anything. I did it because losing someone you love to disastrous disease makes you want to make sure that human being on earth dies or suffers seriously because of that disease. Continue reading