Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Young Jane Young

Title Young Jane Young
By Gabrielle Zevin
Genre Adult fiction
Format Audiobook
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis
Aviva Grossman had a bright future ahead of her when she started interning for her congressman. When she makes the mistake of having a love affair with her boss and blogging about it the truth comes out and she takes the fall. Ridiculed and condemned for life she has no other choice to move far away from her home, change her name and try to start her life and career over and give her daughter a better life. But when she decides to run for public office will the truth come out again? And when her daughter finds out will she still be respected and loved as a mother?

First Sentence
My dear friend Roz Horowitz met her new husband online dating, and Roz is three years older and fifty pounds heavier than I am, and people have said that she is generally not as well preserved, so I thought I would try it even though I avoid going on line too much.

 I've never read a Zevin book and while this wouldn't normally be my first choice among all her books it was available on audiobook so I gave it a go.

Zevin is one hell of a writer. I loved her style and the voices of all the characters were endearing. I'm very excited to read more by her.

The plot of this one, however, was a little weird for me. I felt like we were really only getting a brief look into these character's lives rather than a start to finish story. There wasn't much closure or resolution; particularly with Aviva's daughter and her new opinion of her mother. Maybe I missed something?

Issues aside, I loved Zevin's writing so much that I ended up liking, if not loving, this one and am eager to try her other books now.

15 comments:

  1. The writing must have been great if the story was bleh. I'm on the fence about Zevin books. I've seen them, but I don't know if I want to pick one up.

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    1. I was impressed enough to want to try her others.

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  2. I'm glad you liked the writing. Sorry the story wasn't as good as you wanted it to be, though.

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    1. Yeah, it was OK just felt incomplete.

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  3. This sounds really interesting. I've never really read any realistic fiction that took place in the election world. It sounds kind of strange with the whole 'glimpse' thing though... maybe I'll give it a shot anyway :) Lovely review, Jenny!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. It was good. And not TOO political.

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  4. I've never read Zevin, but I think I'll start with one of her other books rather than this one. :)

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  5. This was a solid read for me. I found the examination of the mother-daughter relationships intriguing, and it was laugh out loud funny for me too.

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    1. It was funny. I loved the choose your own adventure part.

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  6. I've read two of her books and I thought they were both good but I wasn't quite as blown away as other people and I've actually avoided her books, since. I can't say they turned me off. I was just underwhelmed.

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    1. Hmmm, good to know. I really did love her writing though.

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  7. I've enjoyed several of Zevin's books, but the premise of this one just doesn't interest me much. I doubt I'll bother with it.

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    1. Yeah. I picked it up because it was available on audio and I needed an audiobook right then.

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  8. I'm intrigued after reading your thoughts on it. Hopefully the library has a copy.

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