Such a Fun Age



Such a Fun Age 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. New Download [ Such a Fun Age ] author [ Kiley Reid ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Such a Fun Age
  • Kiley Reid
  • 20 February 2018
  • 052554190X

15 thoughts on “Such a Fun Age

  1. Emily May says:

    Wow The writing in this book is so light and breezy and easy to read that it can take a while to appreciate the depths the author takes us to in Such a Fun Age Combine the compelling writing with a cute font on the cover and this book is seriously deceiving You know, this book reminded me of some of the criticisms others and myself had about The Help I feel like I have to be careful here because even now, ten years later, there are people who love that book so much that they kiss it before Wow The writing in this book is so light and breezy and easy to read that it can take a while to appreciate the depths the author takes us to in Such a Fun Age Combine the compelling writing with a cute font on the cover and this book is seriously deceiving You know, this book reminded me of some of the criticisms others and myself had about The Help I feel like I have to be careful here because even now, ten years later, there are people who love that book so much that they kiss it before they go to bed each night But The Help honestly seemed to me like a way for white folks to make themselves feel better about the way they behaved during Jim Crow segregation Total white lady saviour vibe.This book is like what would have happened if Abilene had called Skeeter out and told her to go be a hero somewhere else Of course, Such a Fun Age is set in 2015 and not the 1960s so t...

  2. Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    This is one of those books that s hard to review because I think if read quickly it would come across as just a good story Reading thisslowly it s revealed that there is muchto this book than just entertainment It highlights lots of racial issues, from two different points of view Alix is a successful, married white woman and Emira an undecided African American woman Alix discovered her talents quite quickly and has a thriving online business as well as lots of speaking This is one of those books that s hard to review because I think if read quickly it would come across as just a good story Reading thisslowly it s revealed that there is muchto this book than just entertainment It highlights lots of racial issues, from two different points of view Alix is a successful, married white woman and Emira an undecided African American woman Alix discovered her talents quite quickly and has a thriving online business as well as lots of speaking engagements.She and her husband now have what seems to be the good life She has one amazing, open hearted and apparently open mouthed in jest here little 3 year old daughter She plays an important part in this novel, her name is Briar She also has an infant daughter, about 6 months old whom she usually has with her when she works.Enter our other m...

  3. Nadia says:

    At a first glance Such a Fun Age might appear like a light read, but once you read the synopsis, you will realise that s not the case.Such a Fun Age is a story about Alix, a privileged, white, mother of two and Emira, 25 year old black nanny with a bachelor degree Alix is desperate to befriend Emira and invites her and her new boyfriend Kelley to a Thanksgiving family dinner When Emira shows up at the door with Alix s high school ex who broke her heart, everything starts to go pear shaped and At a first glance Such a Fun Age might appear like a light read, but once you read the synopsis, you will realise that s not the case Such a Fun Age is a story about Alix, a privileged, white, mother of two and Emira, 25 year old black nanny with a bachelor degree Alix is desperate to befriend Emira and invites her and her new boyfriend Kelley to a Thanksgiving family dinner When Emira shows up at the door with Alix s high school ex who broke her heart, everything starts to go pear shaped and Emira starts seeing both Alix and Kelley in a new light.Such a Fun Age is about pretence, relationships but first of all it is about race Both Alix and Kelley have racial issues they can t see themselves This book is very easy to read due to the straightforward writing and realistic dialogue but it was not straightforward for me to figure out who s side I should be on I think this is an exceptional debut nove...

  4. Tucker says:

    every time i see this title, i think to myself what age is such fun like, there is no age that is fun toddlers sucks because you can t do anything you re a helpless blob of fatteenagers sucks because you re a hormonal messyoung adults sucks because you re a hormonal mess who has to deal with college and living on your ownnew adults sucks because you are trying to survive being an adult and 9 times out of 10, you re lonely middle aged sucks because you re constantly wondering every time i see this title, i think to myself what age is such fun like, there is no age that is fun toddlers sucks because you can t do anything you re a helpless blob of fatteenagers sucks because you re a hormonal messyoung adults sucks because you re a hormonal mess who has to deal with college and living on your ownnew adults sucks because you are trying to survive being an adult and 9 times out of 10, you re lonely middle aged sucks because you re co...

  5. Jessica Sullivan says:

    In an era of so many white savior narratives, it s so refreshing to see a story written by a black woman that directly challenges and upends that problematic narrative trope.Alix Chamberlain is the textbook well meaning rich white woman She has black friends She s read everything Toni Morrison wrote She s trying to land a gig with Hillary Clinton s campaign.Emira Tucker is the 25 year old black woman who babysits Alix s two young daughters She s aimlessly trying to figure out her life In an era of so many white savior narratives, it s so refreshing to see a story written by a black woman that directly challenges and upends that problematic narrative trope.Alix Chamberlain is the textbook well meaning rich white woman She has black friends She s read everything Toni Morrison wrote She s trying to land a gig with Hillary Clinton s campaign.Emira Tucker is the 25 year old black woman who babysits Alix s two young daughters She s aimlessly trying to figure out her life preferably before she turns 26 and loses her parents health insurance.One night when Emira is at a grocery store with Alix s daughter, she s confronted by a security guard who accuses her of kidnapping the young girl A white man named Kelley films the incident, and he and Emira begin dating.Horrified that this happened to Emira, Alix resolves to ...

  6. Judy says:

    What a great debut Kiley Reid This was a fun book about racial relations, the life of the privileged, and betrayal It was a lot of fun to read and I found it to be very contemporary as far as language and atmosphere The book mainly focuses on the relationship between Emira the babysitter, and Alix the employer When Emira is asked to take Briar age 2 , Alix s daughter, away from the house for awhile late one night after an incident, she is detained by a security guard in a grocery store What a great debut Kiley Reid This was a fun book about racial relations, the life of the privileged, and betrayal It was a lot of fun to read and I found it to be very contemporary as far as language and atmosphere The book mainly focuses on the relationship between Emira the babysitter, and Alix the employer When Emira is asked to take Briar age 2 , Alix s daughter, away from the house for awhile late one night after an incident, she is detained by a security guard in a grocery store and accused of kidnapping B...

  7. Warda says:

    Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with an arc.

  8. Kelsey says:

    So goddamn smart and nuanced and empathetic and also FUN The dialogue is phenomenal, the characters are 100% real people that I now know The author has so much empathy for all of them without letting any of them off the hook An absolute pleasure to read while giving me so much to think about.

  9. Nnenna says:

    4.5 starsAs soon as I read the synopsis, I knew it was my kind of book I m so happy that I won an ARC in a giveaway thank you to Putnam Books.The book starts with an incident where Emira, a twenty something black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping the young white toddler she babysits Then we get to see the aftermath of this event, and how it changes the relationship between Emira and her boss, Alix Chamberlain.First of all, I really enjoyed this book I found the tone and writing style 4.5 starsAs soon as I read the synopsis, I knew it was my kind of book I m so happy that I won an ARC in a giveaway thank you to Putnam Books.The book starts with an incident where Emira, a twenty something black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping the young white toddler she babysits Then we get to see the aftermath of this event, and how it changes the relationship between Emira and her boss, Alix Chamberlain.First of all, I really enjoyed this book I found the tone and writing style very compelling and easy to digest There s so much to unpack in this novel, as the author provides a social commentary on race and class I really admired the way that Reid tackled some heavy topics with nuance, while keeping a relatively light tone Alix is horrified by what happens to Emira and wants to make things right She s well meaning and cons...

  10. Erin says:

    Sometimes it feels rare to come across a novel that is just super smartly written But Reid has achieved that with her insightful book that offers a new take on the white savior complex The novel is told from two perspectives Emira, a young African American woman in her 20s who experiences racism during a night babysitting, and Alix, her uber rich, white boss There were moments when I expected the book to take a darker turn since racism can be so horrifying , but I respect Reid s decision Sometimes it feels rare to come across a novel that is just super smartly written But Reid has achieved that with her insightful book that offers a new take on the white savior complex The novel is told from two perspectives Emira, a young African American woman in her 20s who experiences racism during a night babysitting, and Alix, her uber rich, white boss There were moments when I expected the book to take a darker turn since racism can be so horrifying , but I respect Reid s decision to show thesubtle ways that racism bleeds into our everyday lives This tendency to underplay moments that are major events for the characters was what made the story so compelling I never knew how the characters were going to react Reid also did a fantastic job fleshing out secondary characters...

  11. Rec-It Rachel says:

    love love love love love love love love love love love love

  12. Emily says:

    I really liked this The dialogue, in particular, is so well done the 3 year old is just perfect and the criticisms of whiteness feel really sharp these dumb white people who are so wrapped up in worrying about race that they can t see Emira for a unique person The economics realities of being a childcare worker are pretty accurate too, although I got super mad that she was working for them 20 hours a week on a regular schedule and they were still calling her a babysitter and not a nanny I really liked this The dialogue, in particular, is so well done the 3 year old is just perfect and the criticisms of whiteness feel really sharp these dumb white people who are so wrapped up in worrying about race that they can t see Emira for a unique person The economics realities of being a childcare worker are pretty accurate too, although I got supe...

  13. Thamy says:

    This is a story about agency, but also about prejudice and everything surrounding it.Emira is falsely accused of kidnapping the child she babysits while taking her to a convenience store This issue is solved when the father comes to clear it all up, but it provokes a cascade of changes that affects not only Emira, bringing a new boyfriend into her life, along with all the headache, but also Alix, her boss who feels guilty for what happened and wants to make amends.This is a book hard to This is a story about agency, but also about prejudice and everything surrounding it.Emira is falsely accused of kidnapping the child she babysits while taking her to a convenience store This issue is solved when the father comes to clear it all up, but it provokes a cascade of changes that affects not only Emira, bringing a new boyfriend into her life, along with all the headache, but also Alix, her boss who feels guilty for what happened and wants to make amends.This is a book hard to summarize because what I enjoyed about it was the feelings it provoked in me Emira is kind of lost now she s graduated from college and can t find a permanent job Alix en...

  14. Jillian Doherty says:

    Immediately immersive Emira loves babysitting Briar, but feels at 25 her life should bedeveloped, like her friends are Alix, Briar s mom, adores Emira a bit too much, while spending her time justifying why her life is as amazing as it used to be they re both flawed yet relatable characters The story tackles race, how we identify with each other and ourselves I loved the story s approachable, chaotic, and honestly fun voice just what i was looking for Galley borrowed from the Immediately immersive Emira loves babysitting Briar, but feels at 25 her life should bedeveloped, like her friends are Alix, Briar s mom, adores Emira a bit too much, while spending her time justif...

  15. Sarah says:

    3.5 rounded upThis book has been seriously hyped, and going in I was unsure of what to expect beyond an examination of the relationship between a young black woman and her affluent white employer Fortunately Such a Fun Age is so muchthan that.Kiley Reid s novel kicks off with Emira, a 25 year old black woman who works part time as a babysitter for Alix Chamberlain s daughter Briar embarking on a late night visit to a supermarket Emira is involved in an altercation with a security guard 3.5 rounded upThis book has been seriously hyped, and going in I was unsure of what to expect beyond an examination of the relationship between a young black woman and her affluent white employer Fortunately Such a Fun Age is so muchthan that.Kiley Reid s novel kicks off with Emira, a 25 year old black woman who works part time as a babysitter for Alix Chamberlain s daughter Briar embarking on a late night visit to a supermarket Emira is involved in an altercation with a security guard who believes she has kidnapped Briar While Emira is a little shaken by the incident and looking to shrug it off Alix is outrage...

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