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 DateMay 1st, 2018
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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Elyse
    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 ...
  • Meredith
    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 seni...
  • Nat
    “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...
  • Liz
    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...
  • 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...
  • Sarah Joint
    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 happen...
  • 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...
  • Carol
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    4.75/ 5Oh 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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 w...
  • 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...
  • Brandice
    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...
  • Julie
    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 wri...
  • Stacey
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsI 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 ...
  • Puck
    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 w...
  • Krista Regester
    YES! So much character development, so many great personalities, and so much stamina. This gives incredibly different generational perspectives and is impossible to put down once you pick it up.
  • Mandy
    This was a funny story about a young intern who sleeps with her boss and blogs about it. The story gets out and her life is in shambles. So she moves to Maine and has a baby and changes her name. She changes her life, her body, her name, and career. When she decides to run for Mayor of her small town her scandalous past catches up with her. Was a nice light read for me! Would recommend!
  • 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...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Snappy! Clever! Funny! A quick read, yes, but quite delightful...I say, just jump in, and go with the Yiddish goofiness. Yes, forgive the allusions to Monica Lewinsky- except that they are smart and sharp, in this world of “me too”, when we consider power inequalities, immature reasoning and slut shaming. I loved the wordsmithery, the brainy dialogue, the unexpectedness of Young Jane Young. Simply put, wise and hilarious and cracking good.Fou...