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Young Jane Young Audiobook

Young Jane Young: A Novel

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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 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's daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was and is and must decide whether she can still respect her.

©2017 Gabrielle Zevin (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 08-30-17
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 08-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Light, Fluffy, Flawed but Fun"

    Overall rating: 3 and 1/2 stars.

    This is feather-light, fun reading for when you need a break from current events and more serious books, and don't want to have to think too hard.

    On the one hand, as my husband (who listened to it with me) summarizes, it's shallow, superficial, childish, and silly. As the cover art suggests, characters are cartoonish and incompletely drawn; think stick-figure sketches, or caricatures at most, not fully realized portraits. Also, the story is more than a little preposterous (e.g., Who would be so traumatized by scandal that she would go so far as to legally change her name and hide so completely from the world that not even her family knows where she is, much less that she has a child...and then expose herself by running for public office?). Plot holes abound, and the author's stylistic choices are often very questionable (e.g., repeating He said, he said, he said, repeatedly; tossing in incongruous elements of magical realism like an invisible talking parrot).

    Nevertheless, it's oddly addictive. I almost never finish a truly bad book, and I could not let this one go until I reached the end. Some of the author's wacky choices are quite creative, as in Aviva's final chapter, which is told in the form of a Choose Your Own Adventure story. The author's unfailingly perky style is perfectly suited to the material; she reminds me of an overly caffeinated, chipper-cheerful Hope Davis. Her high energy helped propel the story along, and made it an easy listen.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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    Teresa Olney, IL, United States 10-07-17
    Teresa Olney, IL, United States 10-07-17
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    "A quick, fun read/listen."

    I really liked this book. I first thought it was going to be a mostly humorous book, but found it to have a much deeper story, more guts. Don’t get me wrong.. I laughed out loud or chuckled to myself plenty of times throughout, but it also held my interest because of what Aviva went through and rose above. Plus, Ruby was an enjoyable character. I know it’s fiction, but I applaud a side story of a smart, young person being raised correctly by a single mom! A quick, fun read/listen.

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    Ruth Bain 09-25-17
    Ruth Bain 09-25-17
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    "Humor + social commentary"

    There are some acute and uncomfortable social observations in this story, specifically how the online media can damage and / or destroy a person's life. For those who loved "The Storied Life of AJ Fikry", this is not that book. There is humor and great characters; the author uses a different storytelling style for each section. I did prefer the first chapters which were first third person narratives; the e-mails of the third section and the "choose your adventure" of the final section weren't as successful IMHO. Still, an entertaining and thought-provoking story. ( FYI, check out Monica Lewinsky's TED talk on cyber-bullying. You will never see the Clinton debacle in the same way). Narrator was good, especially when voicing Rachel Shapiro / chapter one.

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    Carol LARCHMONT, NY, United States 09-07-17
    Carol LARCHMONT, NY, United States 09-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste a credit."
    Any additional comments?

    After reading "The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry," I was really looking forward to this author's new book. The protagonist has an "affair" with a married congressman, which changes her life's path - actually for the better. But who cares?

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    Rebecca 09-04-17
    Rebecca 09-04-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book of the summer!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES (see below)


    What did you like best about this story?

    My mother and grandmother are elected officials and I'm currently volunteering on a congressional campaign (for a woman) and this was just so emotionally accurate. Although there were parts where you had to suspend your disbelief for sure, the writing was so able to capture the emotion of mother/daughter relationships, elections, public perceptions, and just what it's like to be a woman. i literally could not stop listening to this book and finished it in about two days. the ending made me cry, and i can't remember the last time that happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any number of ruby's emails, but my favorite line was probably "i don't know if it's normal in my country for event planners to run for mayor."

    i also LOVED the chapter in which ruby forges an extremely unlikely friendship.


    If you could rename Young Jane Young, what would you call it?

    "i don't know if it's normal in my country for event planners to fur mayor" :)


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    Crista 09-03-17
    Crista 09-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Light-hearted"

    I was only able to give this book 4/5 stars, as the last 1/5th of the book was really lacking. I enjoyed the narration immensely. The story is told in 5 parts. First from the main character's mom (hilarious), the second from the main character, the third from the main character's daughter (by far the most endearing), the 4th from the congressman's wife, and the final section in the 3rd person wrapping everything up with a recap from beginning to end. This is where my criticism lies - in the wrap up - not tidy (great) but redundant without much new information to really make it interesting.

    That said, I found the listen very light-hearted, and thought the narrator was spot on in delivery. A decent summer read.

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    C J. 08-26-17
    C J. 08-26-17
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    "A wonderful read. Loved listening and might listen again"

    I loved the characters. Very well done. Each had faults and good qualities. Just like real life. Book was funny. And believable. Living in DC I can see this playing out in real life. I sure many readers have regrets from the past. Or wish to have a re-do from some aspect of life. While not possible the book showed the possibility of a deciding to keep moving forward no matter what. Loved Jane!

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