Spivey’s Bookclub announced this as one of the upcoming picks, I then knew I had to get my hands on it – thank you Bloomsbury publishing for sending me an advance copy. Out next week in the US and Jan 7th for the UK- get ready and preorder!
Such a fun age by Kiley Reid
Genre: Contemporary fiction
BUG Rating: 4/5
Overall: Such a fun age was a really easy and light read, but don’t let that fool you – this book is packed with important topics! It is so smartly written and brings to the forefront issues of racism, feminism and of course privilege.
The book is told from two point of views, Emira (main character) and Alix. The character development is perfect and I really enjoyed immersing myself in both of their stories and getting to know everything about them. For a debut novel, Reid does such a fantastic job with this! The story is incredibly thought-provoking, from thinking about the issues mentioned above, to also following the women on journeys of self discovery.
Such a relevant novel – I felt a lot of different emotions throughout this story. I thought the end let it down a bit but overall a brilliant and important book. Kiley Reid is definitely going to be an author to watch, and I bet Such a fun age will be a top pick for 2020!
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 Ageexplores 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.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own.