Young Jane Young

Young Jane Young

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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..."--From publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Penguin Canada,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735234383
0735234388
Branch Call Number: F ZEV NVD
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 21 cm

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Dumpergray
Jul 15, 2018

I loved this book - well developed characters, absolutely relevant plot in this "me too" age. A funny, insightful look at family, the impact of choices taken and the possibility of re-birthing ourselves. Looking forward to also reading Zevin's The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.

shokolit Apr 11, 2018

This book tells the story of Aviva Grossman, who as a young intern, had an affair with the congressman for whom she worked. The affair became somewhat of a scandal, once it was revealed. the congressman, a respectable man in his mid 40s, got out of the affair unscathed. Aviva's future, however, was damaged by the scandal, her reputation forever shattered and tainted.
The story, for the most part, takes place 15 years later (with flashbacks to the past). What I've found interesting about the story, is that its told only through the voices of the women in the story. I enjoyed reading this book so much, that it was actually sad for me to get to the last page.
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lilyofthevalley3
Mar 22, 2018

I choose this book because I really loved ‘The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry’. Unfortunately, I found the main character in ‘Young Jane Young’ so annoying, spoiled, and immature which ruined it for me.

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!

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CabiriCat
Jan 28, 2018

Aviva Grossman is a promising young intern who hooks up with a local, married congressman and infamously derails her future.
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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.

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rahoward
Jan 18, 2018

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

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cknightkc
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!

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midori_hon
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.

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brinyurchin
Oct 29, 2017

This witty read is deceptively well-written.

ArapahoeKati 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.

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cknightkc
Jan 08, 2018

“…I would say I am the proud owner of several complexes. But who isn’t? When you think about it, isn’t a person just a structure built in reaction to the landscape and the weather?” - p. 74

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cknightkc
Jan 08, 2018

“When you have little,… you learn to take care. When you have much, you must accept that you could someday have little,” she would say. “To take care of something is to love it.” - p. 281

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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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