Read Young Jane Young Online Free - From the bestselling author of the beloved The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes another perfect fable for our times--a story about women, choices, and recovering from past mistakes.
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/Jane’s daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her.
A novel about a world that continues to want to define what women are and what they can, and cannot, do, Young Jane Young follows three generations of women, plus the wife of the Congressman. Told in varying voices through e-mails and even a Choose Your Own Adventure section, it captures not just the mood of this particular, highly charged moment but is an accessible, witty, smart take on the double standards that are alive and well and waiting to trip up ordinary and extraordinary women alike.
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July 27, 2017
“I’m not a murderer,” she says. “I’m a slut, and you can’t be acquitted of that.”
4 1/2 stars. Aviva Grossman is “Florida’s answer to Monica Lewinsky”. A young Jewish intern in a congressman's office, she soon finds herself caught up in an affair with the older and married man. When the affair m...
July 26, 2017
I'd rate this 3.5 stars.
Living in the Washington, DC area during the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, you just couldn't escape it—everything from news to gossip to rumors to hatchet pieces about Lewinsky, even spoofs of her on Saturday Night Live and other television shows. And while Presi...
September 06, 2017
‘‘When they came at me, I kept coming,’’ she said.
I didn’t think this book would be so powerful. I thought it would be a comedy, a slice-of-life, something to entertain most likely.
But halfway through, it turned into something more… a deeper story. More layers. More to consider. More perspective...
August 14, 2017
“The only past you have a right to know about is your own.”
I was positutely ecstatic when I found out that Gabrielle Zevin was releasing a brand new fiction novel after The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, which had quickly become a favorite of mine earlier this year. And similar to the aforementione...
August 16, 2017
Young Jane Young didn't knock my socks off but it was entertaining in a smart kind of way. Jane Young used to be Aviva Grossman, but in her early twenties she was involved with a congressman in Florida a la Monica Lewinsky, and the scandal went viral. She then reinvented herself as an event plann...
September 12, 2017
I couldn't walk past a copy of "Young Jane Young," especially with that eye-catching cover, and leave the store without it. Having "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" on my favorites shelf, I'd been looking forward to Gabriel Zevin's next novel for the past several years.
The basis of this storyline...
August 15, 2017
No matter what your definition of “is” is, this is a redemptive novel inspired by the ordeal of Monica Lewinsky.
Zevin, the author of several novels for adults and young people, including “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” has dramatically streamlined the complications of that byzantine political s...
August 27, 2017
Clever, humorous, and highly entertaining!
Young Jane Young is an engaging, satisfying tale that reminds us that the internet although an invaluable source of information and a blessing is also often a curse where mistakes are never forgotten.
The story is divided into multiple sections and told fr...
September 03, 2017
4.5 stars rounded up
Thanks Esil for recommending another fantastic book.
Young Jane Young is a thoroughly enjoyable novel with a very modern structure.
It's one of those rare finds that I've come to appreciate: light without insulting my intelligence, occasionally amusing and with a cast of inter...
August 15, 2017
This book felt like just what I needed! Funny, warm, and engaging, Young Jane Young captures what it’s like to be a woman at various stages of life. It highlights the stereotypes and cultural biases that we have not moved much beyond since the days of the Puritans and the writing of The Scarlet L...