Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young

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‑shame...

Details Young Jane Young

TitleYoung Jane Young
Release DateAug 22nd, 2017
PublisherAlgonquin Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction

Reviews Young Jane Young

  • Emily May
    “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 lifeti...
  • Larry H
    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 ...
  • Lola Reviewer
    ‘‘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 perspectives. As if the author wanted to start with pleasantries, before getting down to the real issues at hand.Before she became Jane Young, Aviva Gro...
  • Natalie
    “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 dif...
  • Esil
    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 congressma...
  • Linda
    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 perm...
  • Ron Charles
    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...
  • Zoe
    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 successfull...
  • JanB
    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 J...
  • Bianca
    4.5 stars rounded upThanks 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 obs...
  • Marie
    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 Letter. It characterizes several generations of women within the same family and their varied responses and attitudes toward similar situations. It is t...
  • Erin Clemence
    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” (althoug...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Surviving scandal is not an easy thing, especially when you are the young female intern and it's a political scandal. Aviva Grossman transforms her life after these events, and that is what the novel is about. This is definitely a "novel for women" but I enjoyed it, the perfect thing to read in an airport and on a long plane ride to Portland. It would be a good beach read but doesn't come out until August, so save some summer reading for it!Thank...
  • Jilly
    I liked so much about this book, but was ultimately so disappointed by it. Young Jane Young is about a young woman who has an affair (and blogs about it) with a married politician just as the internet & blogging is starting. The story is told from various points of view including the main character's mother, her daughter and the wife of the disgraced politician. There are so many good things about this book--female friendship, moving on after p...
  • Alissa (Diva Reads)
    Please see my review of Young Jane Young featured on Diva Reads.
  • Amie Wilson
    I have really enjoyed Gabrielle Zevin's other books, especially The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and this book did not disappoint. The story revolves around an event that changes main character Aviva Grossman's life; her decision to have an affair with her Congressman boss. At the time Aviva is in her early 20s, a young intern swept away by the power & presence of the Congressman, & can't possibly imagine the lifelong notoriety that results from t...
  • Antoinette
    3.5 Stars. I would have to describe this book as a light read with serious undertones. From the book blurb, we know that the book is about Aviva Grossman, who as an intern had an affair with her boss, the congressman..The book shows the woman's side post this scandal. Historically, prominent men seem to get off very easily (case in point, Bill Clinton). Not only do we see Aviva's (AKA Jane Young) viewpoint, but her mother's, her daughter's and th...
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog
  • Barbara
    I picked up Young Jane Young after it was featured as a “Book of the Week” in People magazine. Sorry, folks, but those kinds of things do impress me, if for no other reason than to see what it is about a chosen book that makes it chosen. I was also interested in this particular book because, though I hadn’t read it myself, the author’s previous book, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry , was raved about by many of my friends. Reading Young Ja...
  • KC
    Multi-generational tale about family, politics, mistakes, and overcoming the challenges life throws at you. I was fortunate to have picked up my signed copy at BEA in NYC just last week! I whipped through this heartfelt and often humorous story in a matter of days. Thanks so much Gabrielle Zevin.
  • Lorilin
    Young Jane Young is one continuous story told from the perspective of four different women. Recent college grad Aviva Grossman has just begun an internship at the campaign offices of up-and-coming (and charming) Congressman Aaron Levin. Overwhelmed at first, she soon finds her groove---while also managing to catch the attention of Congressman Levin himself. Aviva is young, impressionable, and "romantic," as she says, and soon finds herself in a d...
  • Megan
    I started this novel thinking it would be a nice, funny, light read.  It was that, certainly, but I ended up also thinking it was a timely and relevant social commentary piece.  (Well played, Ms. Zevin!)  Aviva becomes a pariah after her affair with a married congressman comes to light – she is slut-shamed out of classes, out of job prospects, out of her life.  She has to completely start over from scratch.  Meanwhile, the congressman publ...
  • Janani
    I was super intrigued by the premise, but the execution was a little flat. There were parts I enjoyed, but others just made me cringe and go "oof, so close."
  • Toni
    This is a great read. College is the time for most is us to make mistakes, as long as we don't break any laws, most us get out out unscathed. How about if you're a naive, starstruck girl, who gets to be an intern for a Congressman in her district the summer before her senior year at U of Miami. He's her former neighbor and twice as old; geez. What she want with him; and she hasn't lost those 22lbs. she gained in freshman year yet. Goodness, her "...
  • Sam (Clues and Reviews)
    A young intern, Aviva Grossman, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss (who is also a successful and married politician) and blogging about it. After the affair comes to light, Aviva is thrust into the spotlight and ends up taking the brunt of the backlash. Years later, after changing her name to Jane, moving to a new town and starting over in a new career with her daughter, she decides to run for office herself. Young Jane Young by ...
  • Stephanie
    This really was an amazing book by Gabrielle Zevin!  From the very first page, I was absolutely engrossed with this funny, poignant,  unique and very powerful feminist story about three generations of smart, witty Jewish women,  Aviva/Jane, Rachel, her mother, and Ruby, her 13 year old daughter, as well as Embeth, wife to the congressman with who Aviva had her affair. The book follows all four of these women's point of views as they tell the...
  • Amy
    I was really taken with this book that explores something that’s always fascinated me – how a person survives a scandal, especially a woman. This story is about how a young woman makes mistakes and everyone throws all the blame at her. It explores gender bias and how double standards abound in modern life. It makes you think about how to own your mistakes and move beyond them. Ultimately, it has much to say about modern culture that I found r...
  • Jennifer
    Young Jane Young is a standalone novel. I would categorize it as Women's Fiction.The book is divided into 5 parts with different narrators for each part.The book is basically the story of Aviva Grossman (a young Jewish intern) who finds herself in a Monica Lewinsky type situation.The first narrator was Rachel, Aviva's mother. This part of the story takes place in Florida. I don't read about that many Jewish characters. So I loved that Rachel and ...