Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

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A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

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Racism (5 reviewers), Racial slurs (1 reviewer), Police brutality (1 reviewer), and Cursing (1 reviewer)

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Racism (3 reviewers), Racial slurs (1 reviewer), and Cursing (1 reviewer)

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Racial slurs (1 reviewer)


Moods

reflective 66%
challenging 47%
emotional 45%
funny 34%
tense 27%
informative 20%
lighthearted 12%
hopeful 10%
inspiring 8%
sad 6%
dark 5%
mysterious 4%
relaxing 2%
adventurous 1%

Pace

medium 49%
fast 43%
slow 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 11% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 51% | Yes: 26% | No: 21% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 1% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 4% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.99