Young Jane Young

Young Jane Young

Book - 2017
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From the author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry:
#1 on the August Library Reads list
An Entertainment Weekly's "13 Books to Read in August"
An Amazon's "Best Books of the Month" for August
A Barnes & Noble "August's Best New Fiction" pick
#3 on the September Indie Next List

Aviva Grossman is a bright, ambitious congressional intern with a promising political future ahead of her until she makes the mistake of having an affair with her very married boss ... and writing what she thinks is an anonymous blog about it. When the affair dramatically comes to light, it's not the popular congressman who takes the fall, it's Aviva--and her life suddenly seems over before it's hardly begun. Slut-shamed and hounded by the media, she becomes a late-night talk show punchline. Determined to rebuild her life on her own terms, Aviva changes her name, moves from Florida to a small town in Maine, starts her own wedding planning business ... and decides to continue a surprise pregnancy.

But when "Jane" decides to run for public office, that long-ago mistake--an inescapable scarlet A--trails her via the Internet, threatening to derail her life yet again. It's only a matter of time until her daughter finds out who her mother once was--and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she thinks she knows ...

Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and extremely timely novel which exposes the myriad ways we shame, forgive, and love one another. Just as she did in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry , the superbly talented Gabrielle Zevin has created a cast of unforgettable characters: an ambitious yet naive twenty-something, a mother attempting to steer her daughter through a judgmental world, a veteran political wife facing the hard truth that fidelity isn't always rewarded, and a young girl who feels bold about her choices before she realizes the restrictions all around her. Not only does Zevin skewer the inherent double standards in women's everyday lives, she also explores the true meaning of resilience--and, ultimately, forgiveness.
Publisher: Toronto, ON :, Viking,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735234383
Branch Call Number: F ZEV
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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becker
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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mjk236sb
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.

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laphampeak
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.

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TheresaAJ
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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TheresaAJ
Sep 11, 2017

"My dear friend Roz Horowitz met her new husband online dating, and Roz is three years older and fifty pounds heavier than I am, and people have said that she is generally not as well preserved, and so I thought I would try it even though I avoid going online too much."

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