Waiting on Wednesday: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Posted August 9, 2017 by Madalyn || 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle ZevinYoung Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Published by Algonquin Books on August 22nd 2017
Pages: 320

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.  

why i’m waiting

I always love books that deal with politics, and this one especially intrigues me because it supposedly addresses the double standards that women face in these situations. I haven’t read anything by Gabrielle Zevin in a while, but I do remember enjoying her writing. Can’t wait to pick this one up in a few weeks!


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Madalyn is a 20-something music student and lifelong lover of reading. When she's not reading or singing, you're likely to find her drinking coffee, traveling, or buying more lipstick than one person could possibly need.
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  • I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by her, but this sounds amazing! I’ll definitely be picking it up! Thanks for sharing, Madalyn.

    • Right?! I just stumbled upon this one recently, and it sounds right up my alley. You’re welcome! 🙂

  • This was on my list of upcoming releases I am excited about today! I think it sounds great!

  • I haven’t heard about this before now but I’m definitely adding this to my TBR! It sounds fantastic.