My Favorite Quotes From… Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

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(via Goodreads)

Originally Published on August 22, 2017

Everyone on the Internet lies, but ironically, the worst thing to do on the Internet is lie.”

“Maybe you survive cancer, maybe you survive the Holocaust, but life’ll get you every time.”

“I don’t trust happy people or happiness in general.”

“The key to happiness in life is knowing when to keep your mouth shut.”

“When someone tells you, ‘it’s not what it looks like,’ it’s almost always exactly what it looks like.”

The relief felt like getting off a plane, after a long winter and a turbulent flight, and finding yourself outside the airport in a tropical clime.”

“It’s the special privilege of youth to make mistakes.”

Anticipating the worst doesn’t provide insurance from the worst happening.”

“She used to say that a bad marriage was one that hadn’t had enough time to get good again.”

“The only past you have a right to know about is your own.”

“I asked Mrs. Morgan what ‘slut-shaming’ was and she said it was ‘when a woman is too free and it p*sses people off.’

“I am ‘neurotic.’ ‘Neurotic’ means ‘I think about things until I am sick.’

“Because the things we don’t have are sadder than the things we have. Because the things we don’t have exist in our imaginations, where they are perfect.”

Living, it seemed to her, was the acquiring of bad habits. Dying, the process of rescinding them.”

“Later, you yell at your mother, but you know it isn’t her fault. You yell at her because she’s there and because she’s your mother and she’ll take it.”

“When you have much, you must accept that you could someday have little.”

Where is room for love? All you have is fear and a to-do list.”


Synopsis: 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.” (via Goodreads)

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Chick Lit

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

XO, Hunida

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes From… Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

  1. Interesting story line.
    And the quote “Where is room for love? All you have is fear and a to-do list.” Reminded me of a quote I heard many years ago, “All human actions are motivated at their deepest level by one of two emotions — fear of love.” I find that to be true and I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately lol.

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    1. It was a really interesting story line! I didn’t think I would like it so much because I’m not super into politics but I ended up really loving the parts about politics and the whole story in general! I think maybe that quote is true too. 😊

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