Young Jane Young
Here I am coming up with another piece of amazing comic fiction, in which humor is seen dark at some points. Though this novel, Young Jane Young comes under the category of funny novels but for me it is a dark humor, humor on the norms of society. So guys! As always, lets begin it by asking one question, Have you ever done any mistake in your life, the mistake that might have completely changed your life? Young Jane Young is all about that one life changing mistake, so lets see the summary of Young Jane Young. And yes, before moving on, I would like to mention one foremost element of this novel,i.e., this novel is told by three different generations of women, each telling their own point of view.
Aviva Grossman, the main character of the novel, was the most capable, intelligent and ambitious intern in Florida. At the beginning of the novel, when Aviva’s mother, Rachel was narrating her part of the story, the readers were took in the flashbacks where we learned that Aviva was a junior in college and she started working as an intern with congressman Levin. And very soon they started an affair. Aviva told about this ongoing affair to her mother, and she advised her to end off this relationship with him. But this advice was in vain as she had no intention to get separated from him. But this immature decision of Aviva was about to take her to different phases of life, where she might be all alone. What do you think guys? What this relation really had in store for her?
Later in the novel, we came to know that Aviva was running an anonymous blog. But the mistake she did was that she blogged about her affair with her boss and what next? This affair got viral everywhere. The sad thing was that people’s beloved congressman didn’t took the fall but Aviva did and her life was over before it hardly could begin. She became a late night talk and everyone called him by the worst names. Aviva’s mother also was really angry by her daughter and later Aviva left her mother’s home after a fight. And here comes another phase of her life.
Now here the perspective switched to Jane Young, which was the name that Aviva took after she left Florida. Now with this name change, you guys can imagine how hard her life was going to be. She left her everything behind and tried to live a new life with her girl child, Ruby. Shocked! right guys? You all might be thinking that from where this child came from? But that is something to be unfolded later. She worked as an event planner in Maine and was living happily with her very talented daughter. But was it going to be that easy? No, not really.
Next section was told by Ruby’s perspective. During a campaign, Ruby came to know about her mother’s past, which Aviva was trying to hide from her. And now she was also thinking that her mother was a slut and so she ran away to Florida to find about Levin, whom she thought was her father. Ruby goes to wife of Levin, Embeth(last section was Embeth’s perspective) and there, Ruby started claiming that she was Levin’s daughter. So guys! What do you think? Was she really the daughter of Levin, or of someone else? Lets unfold this part of the story.
Here comes the twist in the story. Aviva started revealing her starting days of life. She told that when her affair with Levin gone viral, she broke up with him and she was completely depressed. One day she called Levin, and his assistant Jorge came to her house to tell her that she must not contact Levin anymore. And what next? Aviva and Jorge slept together and she became pregnant. So guys! The truth is that Ruby was the child of Jorge, and not of Levin. Later Aviva calls her mother and asked her to bring Ruby home. The three Women reunited and all the old wounds healed and here, Aviva re-concealed her past with the present.
So, What do you think about this novel? What actually this novel is reflecting? Let me tell you my perspective. For me this novel is all about the life of women. We see here that how a woman suffers even for her small mistake. But any man, if did even largest of mistakes, that is literally neglected by the society. This novels shows the bitter reality of the society. Aviva and Levin, both were equally responsible for the relationship, but once revealed, only Aviva got effected. Levin was living a simple life. Only Aviva had to go through all the hardships, that too, all alone. But this novel, at the end also tells us that women are not that weak. Even if the whole society, even if her own mother was against her, still Aviva survived, and she came out with blossom colors. And in the end, Aviva was seen to go to poll to vote for herself as a Mayor. This itself speaks out loudly, that women are not weak. They have all the power to do anything and everything.
Gabrielle Zevin(1977) is an American author and screenwriter. Her books have been translated into various languages and have sold million copies all around the world. She is now known for her adult novels. Young Jane Young is seen as one of the best work by her. In Young Jane Young, Zevin offered an entertaining and satisfying story of the life of a woman. Zevin has very energetic and engaging style of writing that can easily be seen in all her works.
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