What sounded like an amusing coming-of-age story set in the future turns out to be a moving survivalist story about the unresolved issues of real life..Show More » as a stressed high-school family-supporting junior in a Detroit-like Manhattan at the end of this century. As a survivor of similar conditions in South Chicago in the middle of the previous century, I hear reality.
I would recommend this book to a friend with children in the 11-17 age range. The story is an interesting one about a girl, who through no fault of he..Show More »r own, is faced with numerous, unpleasant situations. These come about because of the family into which she is born. The way she handles these events is what, in part, makes the story an exceptional one. This book is the follow up to Zevin's original story - All These Things I've Done, which introduces Anya and her life to the reader. I highly recommend both, but the reader should read/listen to All These Things I've Done first in order to get the most from the storyline.Because it is my Blood continues Anya's story. Drawing on lessons passed on to her from her parents (both of whom are murdered), her faith and her refusal to sacrifice her own morals, Anya faces the challenges thrown at her with grace and courage. My daughters are 12 and 14, and we listened to this story on the way to work/school. It is difficult to find books that are both interesting enough to capture their imagination without the other things that I usually find objectionable in much of today's YA offerings. This story hales back to those writers that are talented enough to write a story that doesn't need the objectionable stuff to appeal to young adults today. My daughters literally did not want to get out of the car in the mornings because they wanted to hear what happened next in the story. As a mom, I appreciate the nod towards family loyalty, faith and doing what is right in the face of adversity, even when it is not necessarily the easiest, or fairest, option. As a mother with daughters, I approve of the strength Anya shows in defending herself, as well as those she loves.