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Young Jane Young

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  20,869 ratings  ·  3,343 reviews
This is the story of five women . . .

Meet Rachel Grossman.
She’ll stop at nothing to protect her daughter, Aviva, even if it ends up costing her everything.

Meet Jane Young.
She’s disrupting a quiet life with her daughter, Ruby, to seek political office for the first time.

Meet Ruby Young.
She thinks her mom has a secret. She’s right.

Meet Embeth Levin.
She’s made a career of
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Algonquin Books
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Emily May
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
“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 makes it into the regional media, Congressman Levin experiences some negative press, a few tut tuts, and then goes on to enjoy a lifetime in office. His marriage survives the scandal.

Aviva, on the othe
Larry H
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 President Clinton certainly was the subject of a great deal of criticism, in many people's eyes, it seemed like Lewinsky was the only one to blame, and yet for quite some time you never heard her side of th
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Quick and enjoyable read, but I almost gave up on it in the beginning--so glad I stuck with it!

Young Jane Young is about Aviva Grossman, a young congressional intern who had a scandalous affair with a married congressman (think Monica Lewinsky). This one mistake defines Aviva’s life. The fallout from the affair results in her changing not only her name, but also the course of her life. Of course the congressman, who was 20+ plus years her senior, escapes blame and shame free.

The book is com
Elyse  Walters
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maui - wow-ie - beach- reading- funny! ...... sorta! .....with an undercurrent of a ‘little’ sadness. People are magnets to public scandals. It’s always a little sad to me.

Author Gabrielle Zevin had me gushy over her book “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: “Young Jane Young”, lacked the magical- spectacular specialness: MY HEART DIDN’T SING......
but.....mostly, I thought this novel was funny! In fact, I liked this book best when it ‘was’ funny - rather than thought-provoking and clever. ( which
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, yellow-books
“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 aforementioned, Young Jane Young had me enamored from the first page, which I've come to realize is the author's specialty. Even though the setting is so different from her previous work, the characterizations feel s
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-clubs
I choose this because it was supposed to be a takeoff on Monica Lewinsky and I thought that could be interesting. Well, it is. And it’s so much more. It also makes you think. Why does the man always come out of something like this ok and the young woman “like a punchline”? Why is there still such a double standard, such a sexist, moralist attitude about women? This is like The Scarlet Letter for the Internet age.

I loved that it delved into getting beyond the stupid choices we make when we’re yo
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 planner named Jane Young in a small town in Maine. Zevin tells Aviva/Jane's story from a few points of view, including her mother, daughter and the congressman's wife. There is a lot of humour in how these ch ...more
It’s a keeper….

What a fun read this was! It’s about an intern, Aviva, who has an affair with a congressman. Sound familiar? Of course we all think of Monica Lewinsky. I figured the story would be boring and predictable, but it wasn’t. Intelligent and well-put-together crosses out the fact that it’s on the lightweight side. Wait! As soon as I said that, I wanted to slap myself, because lightweight is a horrible word, really, in a book review. This book is entertaining and it’s smart, period! Not
Sarah Joint
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Monica Lewinsky. Nearly everyone in America (and many outside it) knows that name. You might demonize her, you might feel bad for her, you may think you don't know the whole story and shouldn't judge... but when you hear that name, you have a reaction. This story is a fictional account of a young lady named Aviva Grossman, who is Florida's answer to Monica Lewinsky. A woman who made the papers for who she slept with... because that someone happened to be very married and very much in the spotlig ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are decisions we make when we're young that are certainly not the same decisions we'd make when we're older. Unfortunately for others, the internet doesn’t allow them to move on. Since our digital memory holds on to everything, both the relevant and the irrelevant details alike, it can cast an ever-present and unchanging shadow. There are some acute and uncomfortable social observations in this book, specifically how the online media can damage and/or destroy a person's life.

One of the im
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What happens in the aftermath of an intern and congressman’s affair? To the congressman, nothing. His career and marriage remains intact and life goes on pretty much as before. To the young intern, Aviva, everything changes. She’s the victim of slut-shaming and her job prospects dry up. A simple google search ensures her past will follow her everywhere.

So she starts her life over, moves to a different state, and legally changes her name to Jane Young. It’s now some years later and she’s a singl
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 has been played out in real life more times than we'll ever know, with the scandalous Clinton/Lewinsky affair being the most infamous to-date and a permanent part of our nation's history.

Aviva Grossman,
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
YOU GUYS. This was completely different from what I thought it was going to be, but I think that ultimately lead to me loving it even more. This book was fantastic and feminist and just an amazing look at relationships between mothers and daughters and oh my lanta I loved this. WOW.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
YJY has the same charm and depth as The Rosie Effect and substantially more of each than Where'd You Go, Bernadette. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not a fan of moral relativism and/or "I was young" uttered by 21+ year-olds as a rationale for adultery, and, still, I found YJY to be fresh and understated, with one caveat. The initial 30 -50 pages or so are comprised of a multitude of annoying Miami-Jewish-mom stereotypes. Having said that, if you are seeking humor-tinged contemporary fic ...more
When my book club discussed Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry two summers ago, I was the woman on the patio who was yawning into her glass of Pinot Grigio.

I just didn't get how a story that started strong and had such a fantastic setting could wither into such a bland and colorless bore.

Last week I ordered Young Jane Young, Gabrielle Zevin's most recent novel, with some trepidation, but I always think it's a good idea to give a writer (and a person) a second chance, and within min
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
4.75/ 5

Oh what an amazing read! I wasn’t planning on reading this book at all but it had just been staring me down on my shelf so I picked it up!
📖 👩‍💼
And I am so glad I picked it up because I enjoyed it so much!! I haven’t heard anyone talk about this so I feel like it’s underrated and definitely needs to be read!
It has a lighthearted tone all throughout it but it talks about some serious issues. We talk about sexism and how often the woman gets blamed after an affair. 🌃
I really enjoyed this b
da AL
Such a great novel for anyone and everyone! Addresses feminism on all levels, all ages, with fun, intelligence, humor. Audiobook reader Karen White is stellar.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bianca by: Esil
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 interesting characters.

The first chapters were probably my favourites because of Mrs Grossman, nee Shapiro, who was delightfully funny, with her dead- pan observations; it made me think of some of the charact
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Young Jane Young is the story about the before, during and after when it comes to an affair that will sound pretty familiar to many of you . . . .

I’m not a huge reader of “Chick Lit,” but not for any real good reason other than I tend to steer myself toward stuff that’s a little darker and I don’t enjoy being emotionally manipulated. Young Jane Young was more than likely a winner for me because it didn’t try to make me have all th
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Humans are not born forever on the day their mothers have them; life necessitates giving birth to themselves over and over again. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (translated)

The difference between being famous and infamous are just a couple of letters as the titular character will tell you. We know the tawdry story, it played out in real life for another Jane Young who was vilified by the press and on social media, whose life was forever changed. It took a TED talk and a movement to give her a voice agai
Ron Charles
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 scandal. “Young Jane Young” takes place in Florida, where a 20-year-old intern named Aviva has an affair with a handsome congressman, whom she describes in an anonymous and largely ignored blog. With a no
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 from various perspectives; Rachel, Aviva's mother whose attempts at online dating is dismal at best; Jane/Aviva, a young events planner who has successfully carved out a new life and identity after falling
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“You’re not so dumb that you think evidence of lust is the same as evidence of love. Still, the lust is intoxicating and appreciated.”

Super readable. I really liked Rachel, she’s the most funny and interesting of the family. But the story still feels too.. easy? Things turned out just a little bit too neat. Like we just skipped over the messy and dropped into this post-everything.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a big fan of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, I was very excited when I heard Gabrielle Zevin had a new book coming out, Young Jane Young. It took me awhile to get to reading it, but I’m glad I did.

The story was easy to follow, fairly quick paced, and while a bit predictable, still amusing. A young political intern falls in love with the Congressman whose office she’s working in, gets caught having an affair with him, and then must reap the consequences of her actions. I enjoyed the varying vi
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Today I read an article about Jessica Hahn. In 1980 she was involved in a scandalous affair with televangelist, Jim Bakker who was 20 years older. It caused quite a stir.

What a coincidence that I’m reading Young Jane Young because that’s exactly how this novel begins. Aviva Grossman is an ambitious intern for a congressman and unfortunately makes the mistake of having an affair. After the word is out it isn’t the congressman left with the undesirable aftermath, it’s Aviva. We follow Aviva as sh
Clif Hostetler
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
A modern day Scarlet Letter! The difference now in the era of on-line social media is that the whole nation knows your name and what you did—and they will never forget.

The starting inspiration for this novel was most likely the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal. However, the author has taken a similar premise and exaggerated the embarrassing details to bring home the point of how men and women are judged differently in the court of public opinion. When an affair between a young 20-year-old female int
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Puck by: Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This book punches slut-shaming and shitty double standards in the face, and looks great while doing it.

This novel was the big surprise of February for me. My first book by Zevin – The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry was fun, but way too cheesy for me. Young Jane Young however is anything but cheesy: it is a powerful feminist story that calls bullshit on misogyny, and encourages us to do the same.

Young Jewish Aviva Grossman’s life gets ruined when the world finds out about her affair with older an
Cindy Burnett
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
4.5 stars

I read Young Jane Young in a 24-hour period; it’s a quick read, a ton of fun, and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious. I have been a huge fan of Gabrielle Zevin for years, and I love that each new book is so different from her previous ones. While The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry will always be a tough one to best, Young Jane Young certainly holds its own.

Gabrielle Zevin spoke at my local bookstore in September, and a portion of my book club went to hear her (Young Jane Young was our Sept
Erin Clemence
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the chance to read this electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.
“Young Jane Young” is the new novel from Gabrielle Nevin, the author of “The Storied Life of A.J Fikry”. I adored “Storied Life” and, to be honest, it would’ve been impossible to write a follow-up novel that would have settled anywhere close to it. That being said, “Young Jane Young” (although, as suspected, does not come close to “Storied Life”) is defini
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
[3.5] Exactly what I needed. Comfort and entertainment. I just finished and am still smiling.
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GABRIELLE ZEVIN is an internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed author, whose books have been translated into thirty-eight languages.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry spent several months on the New York Times Best Seller List, reached #1 on the National Indie Best Seller List, was a USA Today Best Seller, and has been a best seller all around the world. A.J. Fikry was honored with the So

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