Young Jane Young

Young Jane Young

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Young Jane Young's heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late night talk show punchline; she is slut shamed, labeled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general. How does one go on after this? In Aviva's case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. For in our age, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you've done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it's only a matter of time until Aviva's daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her. Following three generations of women, plus the wife of the Congressman, YOUNG JANE YOUNG is a sympathetic, smart, funny, and very moving novel about what it means to be a woman of any age. Told in varying voices and emails and even a Choose Your Own Adventure section, it captures not just the mood of our recent highly charged political season, but also the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616205041
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 24 cm


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ehbooklover Feb 25, 2018

This was a well-written, extremely clever book that managed to be both humourous and thought-provoking. I loved how the story was told using several different perspectives. Bonus: the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style of writing was brilliant!

Jan 28, 2018

Aviva Grossman is a promising young intern who hooks up with a local, married congressman and infamously derails her future.
This was a random Express Read that I picked up, and I'm glad that I did---it turned out to be great. The book was a very witty and insightful, as told through the eyes of different women involved in "the scandal" over time. I found myself surprisingly engrossed.

Jan 18, 2018

Smart, witty, and wise narrative about the real life ramifications of our culture's addiction to scandal and shaming.

Jan 08, 2018

With the almost daily revelations of sexual scandal involving powerful figures in government and business and the rise of the “Me Too” movement, this book is certainly timely. Obviously inspired by the infamous Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton affair, YOUNG JANE YOUNG is about the ripple effects of a clandestine relationship between a spellbound intern and the congressman she works for. In the story “Monica” is portrayed not as a sexual temptress, but as a rather naive and insecure young woman, “Aviva,” who is someone’s daughter, an earnest student of politics, and eventually a mother of a young girl herself. Author Gabrielle Zevin manages to insert moments of humor within the storyline while exploring some serious themes: feminism, double standards, choices, owning your mistakes, moving on, reinventing oneself, mother-daughter relationships, and love. The plot shifts from the time of the affair to the present and is told from the differing female perspectives of those most affected by the scandal: Aviva/Jane, her mother - Rachel, her daughter - Ruby, and the congressman’s betrayed wife - Embeth. POV proves to be a powerful storytelling device here. YOUNG JANE YOUNG manages to take a difficult subject and make it a smart, fascinating, and quick read. I recommend it!

Dec 19, 2017

A quick read with a deft touch، gently reminding us that there are at least two sides to every story. one thing I hoped would happen did not but it would have changed the whole tone of the narrative. readers of elinor lipman might like this book.

Oct 29, 2017

This witty read is deceptively well-written.

AL_KATI Oct 12, 2017

I enjoyed a lot of "Young Jane Young" because the writing was fun, the perspectives from each character was well done, but when it was over, I knew this isn't going to be a book I'd ever read again.

SquamishLibraryStaff Oct 08, 2017

I have been struggling to get through another book, so this was a fast and easy read, and quite enjoyable. From the author of The Storied Life of AJ Fikry comes this tale of a young intern who gets involved with her married boss, a Congressman. The books is told in differing viewpoints and is quiet thought-provoking, at terms heart warming and funny, and is a great cozy read. Highly recommended as a transitory read from summer to fall.

CatherineG_1 Sep 30, 2017

In the beginning, I was not too sure about this one. A Congressional intern gets swept up in a Monica Lewinsky scandal.
As the book went on, the short chapters and story lines made this a fast read.
Jane's mother was a great character who added much to the story.

I think the author's note sums up the lesson. The main character, Jane's favourite book is One hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We are born on one day but spend our lives being reborn or reinventing ourselves.

Upbeat message at the end!

Read the Storied Life of A. J. Firky, if you like this one.

Sep 25, 2017

This is a story about scandal in the age of the internet and how the bad judgment and mistakes of our youth can follow us forever. I thought the female characters were very well done in this book despite the fact that their actions were not always believable to me. It is written in a frank, straight forward style which is engaging and easy to read. I thought it lost a little steam toward the end but I still think it was a good read.

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