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Such a Fun Age

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,238 ratings  ·  1,629 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Emily May
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary, 2019
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
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! Okay! I don’t know what I have to feel about this book. Did I like it? Mostly I did. But as soon as I finish, I felt like something missing. Maybe I didn’t like how the things ended for the characters and I wished alternate solutions for their stories.

I enjoyed the writing and intercepted lives of two female protagonists, the development and progression, objective and genuine approach of racism, diversity, hypocritical attitudes of the people. At the end of the story I lost my love for
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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 this more slowly it’s revealed that there is much more to 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
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
thinking about the former senior books editor at Bustle who wrote a review for this book titled "Most Likely to Be a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick" before she got laid off....only for this book to be INDEED Witherspoon's book club’s first pick of the year lol

I hope that lady is having a nice day.
Berit☀️✨
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fab book! Kiley Reid’s debut was extremely readable, tremendously thought-provoking, and very hard to review. On the surface this was an engaging story about Emira, A 25-year-old African-American woman finding herself and her voice. But there really was so much more to it, it really was a story about privilege, race, and economic status. The story starts with Emira being accused of kidnapping when she is at the grocery store late at night with A little white girl. The truth of it was she ...more
Elyse  Walters
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emira Tucker, an African American woman, was going to turn 26 years old next week....
....soon to get booted off her parents’ health insurance. She’s known for a while that her babysitting job - ( for Alix and Peter Chamberlain- white upper class couple with two small daughters), wasn’t exactly sustainable- but she needed to figure out things on her own.

Emira had a college degree...but she didn’t know what she wanted to do next.
In the meantime - Emira’s part time babysitting job covered - ‘ ‘
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Larry H
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a thought-provoking novel I didn’t want to put down.

Emira is nearly 26, that crucial age when she’ll be dropped from her parents’ health insurance. While most of her friends have started making their own paths career-wise and life-wise, she works as a babysitter for the wealthy (and white) Chamberlain family. She knows she needs a better, more stable job but she really enjoys taking care of their young daughter, Briar.

Late one night Emira gets a call from Mrs. Chamberlain. They had an
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Carolyn
On the surface this excellent debut novel from Kiley Reid is a fun account of a young woman finding her feet and standing up for herself but it cleverly goes much deeper than that to highlight issues around racism, feminism and privilege.

Emira Tucker is a 25 year old college graduate who has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Her girlfriends are all forging ahead in their chosen careers but Emira is taking her time to find what she wants to do, although time is running out as she will
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Tucker
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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 fat

teenagers - sucks because you're a hormonal mess

young adults - sucks because you're a hormonal mess who has to deal with college and living on your own

new 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
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Irena BookDustMagic
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a Fun Age was such an amazing book.
No wonder it took bookish community by the storm! It's well deserved.

Full review to come.
Nadia
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
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
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Michelle
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's taken a few days for me to figure out how I want to review this. This is one of those books where there is so much going on, but the author made it so digestible that it's easy to miss things. It was a very enjoyable read and a timely one. I admittedly probably read it too fast, but my only real disappointment (very small 'd' disappointment) came with part of the ending.

Kiley Reid is definitely an author to watch. I have no doubt this will be a big book next year as well as a popular choice
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Toni
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A great debut book that explores such difficult questions as race, class, privilege, and family relationships with unusual sensitivity and subtlety.
Emira Tucker, a 25year old babysitter for a white family, gets a call at ten in the evening. There is an emergency situation in the Chamberlain household and Alix, the mother, would like Emira to take three year old Briar shopping to keep her away from home while the parents are interviewd by the police. A security guard at the grocery store sees a
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Corina
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s hard to write a review about a book that left me so undecided. I think the biggest issue I had with this novel was trying to connect with any of the characters. Besides the relationship between Emira, and her charge, which was genuine and heartwarming, the story itself failed to draw me in deeply enough to become passionate about it.

The writing was acceptable for a debut novel, but I felt the execution was choppy at times. The way the plot was structured and told, especially the backstory,
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and Libro.fm for the gifted copy.

I listened to the audio of Such a Fun Age and found this to be a fresh story centered around race and privilege. I love that this book is garnering attention, and I’m hoping it’ll keep the discussion going on the important issues addressed here. I was rather surprised by this book, and how it accomplishes what it does, so I don’t want to spoil any of its goodness. More thoughts to come soon.

Many of my reviews can also be found on my
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Esil
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ew
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid was deceptive — in a good way. The story certainly pulled me in, but at the beginning it felt kind of simple, almost gossipy. But by the end, it had a symmetry that was very clever and left me with a pleased smile on my face. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Emira and Alix. Emira is a 25 year old African American struggling to make ends meet and to figure out what she wants to do with herself. For the time being, Emira works part time ...more
Marchpane
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
Such a Fun Age is much lighter, frothier and more comedic than I expected. At the same time, it’s a pretty sharp social satire about race, privilege and the funhouse mirror distortions of social media.

It opens with a young black woman, Emira, being suspected of abducting the white toddler in her care at a grocery store. I expected this incident would be more explosive, but it just sort of happens and then everyone moves on with their lives for a while (we do circle back to it eventually).

But
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Bkwmlee
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction
I actually finished this book a few days ago but held off on writing the review because I was busy, for one (the past week has been chaotic for me both at home and at work), and two, I needed some time to gather my thoughts and figure out how best to approach this one. It’s not often that I come across a book that, on the surface, reads like a simple, straight-forward story where a few dozen pages in, I feel like the plot is going to head in a predictable direction, but then things get turned ...more
Judy
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jessica Sullivan
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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—
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Chelsey
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
There’s nothing more exciting than a debut author who is willing to tackle a controversial subject and does so with style and poise. Reid does just that with this incredibly well written, fun, relevant novel. I laughed out loud, I cringed, I connected with the characters, and I absolutely can’t wait to see what Reid does next. Her storytelling felt like a combination of Liane Moriarty and Angie Thomas, and lets be honest, could there be a better comparison?!

Alix Chamberlain is a women’s rights
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Marianne
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such A Fun Age is the first novel by American author (and former babysitter), Kiley Reid. Before the late-night incident with her three-year-old daughter at the Market Depot, Alix Chamberlain barely noticed her black babysitter, let alone considered her thoughts or feelings. Emira Tucker was great with Briar, who was exhausting when awake, and Alix, a well-known feminist blogger, was meant to use her break from Briar to write her book. Mostly, she just enjoyed the company of her easy baby ...more
ABookwormWithWine
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Well I can definitely understand why Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick! About a quarter of the way in I was thinking it was going to be a solid 4 star read for me, but by the time I read the very last word it had worked its way into my heart and I couldn't give this book less than a 5.

I'm honestly having a hard time believing Such a Fun Age is a debut novel because it was just that good. Reid's writing was impeccable, and I loved the way the book was paced. I
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Jennifer Blankfein
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast paced story on the surface -racial issues and complex relationships underneath- kept me engaged as I breezed through. Enjoyable ....full review to come on https://booknationbyjen.com/about/.
Warda
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads
Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with an arc.

Kelsey
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Olive
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lit-fic
When you look at summaries for this book, you'll most frequently find the description of the very beginning of the book, when main character Emira is called to help out the family she nannies for in the middle of the night. Dealing with an emergency, her employers want Emira to take their three-year-old daughter out of the house while the police are there taking a statement.

But as Emira and her best friend Zara are keeping her charge, Briar, entertained in the grocery store down the street, a
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Andrea
Kiley Reid's debut novel is a delight to read, from start to finish. She tricks you into thinking it's standard 'women's fiction' fare (which it can be, if that's what you want), but then dishes up a story that deals with a number of very topical issues in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.

When Alix Chamberlain moves her family back to Philadelphia, she hires Emira Tucker to look after her two young children three times per week while she works on writing her book. The main reason she
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MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Gripping, shocking, thought-provoking, embarrassing....these are just a few of the emotions I felt while reading this book. There is so much going on with this book, I barely know where to start.

Emira Tucker is a young woman trying to figure out her life when she takes a babysitting job for Alix Chamberlain. The Chamberlain's call her late one night and ask her to help them by taking their two year old, Briar, out of the house while they deal with something. While Emira, who is black, is out
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Renee (itsbooktalk)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My current run of amazing audiobooks started with this one which turned out to be so much more than I expected. I thought the premise sounded interesting - wealthy mom, young nanny and a clash of values between the 2 that involved not only economic status but race, privilege, age, friendship and trust as well. I thought the author tackled all of these themes in a story that was compulsively entertaining. I couldn’t stop listening. The audiobook narrator (Nicole Lewis) brought everyone to life! I ...more
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