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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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.

Sep 19, 2017

Enjoyed this book which tells the tale of adultry between a young intern and a sitting congressman (sound familiar?). Well of course it doesn't end well and we follow the story of the young intern whose life is on the internet for all to find. She struggles to find a life for herself after this bad choice is made but finds that it follow her for ever. Interestingly it is only her life that suffers, while the congressman gets away. LIked the characters and the way in which the story is told. Enjoyable story that shows the inequity in our society in the way people are treated no matter what the situation.

Sep 16, 2017

Gotta love a book that surrounds us with the repercussions of poor judgement and the possibility of public shaming. The internet rarely leaves us off the hook. I enjoyed how the author told the tale with respect to the authenticity of the person and not the event. The characters were well developed and the story an enjoyable read.

Sep 11, 2017

Zevin, the author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, shares the story of Jane Young, formerly Aviva Grossman. As a young Congressional staffer, Jane became involved with Congressman Aaron Levin and keeps a blog. The ensuing scandal results in banishment and misery for Aviva, "Florida's answer to Monica Lewinsky". When Ruby, Jane's daughter, learns about the scandal 15 years later, she takes off for Florida to find her father, the Congressman. Women's roles in modern America are told from four viewpoints -- Rachel (Jane/Aviva's mother), Jane, Ruby (Jane's daughter), and Embeth, the Congressman's wife. This well-written novel moves quickly while scoring lots of points lampooning modern American culture.

Cynthia_N Aug 17, 2017

I connected most with Aviva's mother Rachel but all the women in this family are wonderful. Zevin writes in such a way that you can see every character's point of view. You understand them. They make sense. You are sharing in their lives. I was surprised by the final outcome.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jul 02, 2017

I loved this story and gobbled it up in one sitting. At first glance, this seems like a guilty pleasure read because it was centered around the repercussions of a political sex scandal. And the novel was witty and engaging, but it was also smart and had deep themes of family, friendship, feminism, and strength. The story is told in five parts, each told by a different woman with a distinct voice. I loved how Zevin experimented with different storytelling devices such as an email exchange with an Indonesian pen pal and a fun ‘Choose your own adventure story’ format. Even though I felt the novel did end at the right moment, I couldn’t help wanting to hear more from each of these fascinating women.


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Sep 11, 2017

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