Such A Fun Age

Such A Fun Age

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things 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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525541905
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm


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May 29, 2021

Not a bad book but not a great book. Nothing is really addressed regarding racism. As the reader you see situation, but really the book is about two people who never got over their teen romance and the levels they go to to take revenge regardless of who they hurt. All disguised as a light read.

May 11, 2021

What a dreadful book. This book fails miserably to deal with the issues the author purportedly aims to address; namely racism, white saviourism, white privilege and white guilt. “It is a searing debut for our times.” Yeah, no, it's not. The plot is contrived, the writing is amateur, the characters are mostly stereotypes and dialogue is insipid. And yet this drivel made it on the Booker Prize Longlist for 2020. I be like, WHAAAT?!?

Apr 30, 2021

A book about white privledge in terms of race and class. A fast and light read. Booker long list.

Apr 09, 2021

This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I'm in my mid-40s and read a lot. I loved how the characters were all so nuanced. None of them felt like a "that type of person." They each had negative and positive qualities, made good and bad choices, etc. The dialogue was fantastic. The relationships were exquisitely drawn (the one between Emira, the protagonist, and her employer made my skin crawl). I was just astounded by the writing. Yes, it's got themes of subtle and not-so-subtle clashing of races and the concept of entitlement, the crises that new mothers sometimes face, etc., but it is a human being's experience we're reading about, not a lesson in any of those things. Read it.

JCLHebahA Apr 05, 2021

This would be an engaging book club book - feels fast and frothy while still dealing with pertinent social issues. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, but honestly, books with contentious endings do generate great discussion.

loonylovesgood Mar 31, 2021

The main protagonist, Alix, is a very difficult character to like, yet somehow you almost end up feeling sorry for her as well. This was a good story, if a bit uneven in parts. It also ended rather abruptly too.

Mar 29, 2021

A well-balanced book giving you insights in the difficulty of races, told in a heart-warming story. Your understanding of all sides increases and eliminates judgement. The only thing that bothered me is the title; it has absolutely nothing to do with the story.

FPL_Lori Feb 18, 2021

Such a Fun Age had me hooked in the first scene. Reid does an excellent job with characters and dialogue, while also creating a page-turning story. While it is entertaining and highly readable, it is also a telling illustration of race, class, social media, and privacy in present-day America. It paints a picture without casting judgment in a preachy way. Highly recommended for books clubs as there is so much fodder for discussion- but also a good choice to take to the beach or on a plane.

Jan 18, 2021

Just going to say it.....hated it! The storyline was just dumb. Mentions of Hillary Clinton irked me as well as all of the racial references. I felt as though the author was more interested in telling her readers her liberal views or how we should view women of color. I read to be entertained, not “lectured”.

LoganLib_JennyI Jan 10, 2021

Some say this book is too light to cover the serious themes of racism and class, however as a middle class, caucasian person I felt uncomfortable after reading it. So I believe Reid's debut novel speaks with power. Power, not through a story based on huge, violent events affecting tens of thousands, but power through giving weight and insight to an everyday young woman, Emira.
Reid places us in firmly in Emira's shoes - during the inciting incident of the book, in her job, with her friends and relationships and with her inner dialogue about where she "should" be in her mid twenties.
There is fun in the scenes when Emira is with her girlfriends, tenderness in the adventures of Emira and Briar, awkwardness and confusion in the relationship between Alix and Emira and psychological damage, or soon to be, between Alix, Kelley and Emira.

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LoganLib_JennyI Jan 10, 2021

"I'm probably gonna start looking for a one-bedroom or a studio."
"Oh, for real?" Emira was shocked, and then she was jealous, and then she wondered, Is that what we're supposed to be doing right now? Cause if it is, I ain't there."

ArapahoeMaryA Apr 25, 2020

One day, when Emira would say good-bye to Briar, she'd also leave the joy of having somewhere to be, the satisfaction of understanding the rules, the comfort of knowing what's coming next, and the privilege of finding a home within yourself.


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