I’ve been waiting for a new book from Gabrielle Zevin for a while now. I adored The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry so I was so excited to dig into her new book, Young Jane Young. I always feel very fortunate to get sneak peeks of upcoming books and the ones I am featuring today are must-reads so pre-order now and mark your Goodreads list as books you want to read!
I liked the voice of the meddling Jewish mother, Rachel, and I enjoyed another quirky story from Gabrielle Zevin. As I’ve mentioned before, I especially enjoy and look for fresh plots and twists on stories, creating something new and fresh.
Here’s what you need to know:
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.
This was a fun, quick read that kept me turning pages. And if you haven’t read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, do it right now!
I just started Kaira Rouda’s new novel, Best Day Ever and a few pages in, I’m hooked. I honestly don’t want to know too much about it because I don’t want to ruin any surprises but already the hair on the back of my neck is standing up a little, something is brewing and it’s creepy and I LOVE IT.
Here’s what you need to know:
Paul Strom has a perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.
But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?
This is one of those stories where you have to pay attention to the details because I think some tiny little character trait will reveal itself to be much more than a simple gesture or look or tone.
If you have kids, do not miss this adorable book, Poppy Louise Is Not Afraid Of Anything by my dear friend Jenna McCarthy.
Here is what you need to know about this one:
Poppy Louise Littleton is not afraid of anything . . . almost. Fans of Ladybug Girl and other girl-power heroines will fall in love with this spunky character!
Poppy Louise Littleton thinks vampires are cute and mummies are funny. She’s positive a tarantula would make a perfect pet. All her imaginary friends are monsters. Is there anything that will scare her? Her sister, Petunia, is determined to find out. . . .
In this inviting picture book, Jenna McCarthy brings us a new character who feels at once modern and timeless. Girls and boys will recognize themselves in Poppy Louise (and maybe sometimes in her sister, Petunia) and will gobble up Molly Idle’s deliciously cinematic spreads, which highlight the drama of Poppy Louise’s escapades.
Jenna is one of my favorite writers with a great sense of humor. Her adult books are awesome, her kid’s books are great, is there anything she can’t do? Find Poppy Louise here.