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Such a Fun Age

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  29,823 ratings  ·  4,134 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
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
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
Chaima ✨ شيماء
Such a Fun Age is a novel that disheartened me even if it didn’t surprise me. Something akin to relief gusted through my room like a warm front when I finished it: not because it was an unpleasant read—though it does depict many unpleasant moments—but because the story often wound up my feelings to the highest point of second-hand embarrassment that I was frankly relieved it was over.

Narratives about race and privilege are not unfamiliar literary fodder, but in her novel, Reid demonstrates a
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

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
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
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, 2020-reads
4.5 stars

There are books I read for the pure pleasure of the storytelling and there are books I read to make me think. Occasionally a book comes along that does both, without it being an “issue book”. This is one of those books.

One of the best ways to make a point is through witty satire, through stereotypical characters who are ridiculous, yet compulsively readable. Taking the biggest hit in this book are the progressive “woke” individuals who are so fearful of appearing racist, so convinced
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 - ‘ ‘
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
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book is smart and excellent in like twelve different ways. believe all hype.

review to come.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
A good story with a lot of interesting social commentary but sadly I did not fall in love with it as many other reviewers have.

There are some great characters especially Briar and Emira and I loved the relationship between them. Alix was a horrible person, Kelley too, but this was good writing on the author's part. We are obviously not supposed to care for them. The story is basically about race and class and there is one major scene in a supermarket where Emira is accused of taking a child
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
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
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
Put it in the pot and stir!

A rich white employer, a poor black employee. Stick them in a pot and stir. This isn’t a black and white story, though, or a soap opera. Oh such juicy, complex relationships.

Those 4 stars I was doling out? A thing of the past. I’m now firmly planted in 5-star land because I can’t stop obsessing over this book. I think it’s because the way the two main characters act around each other is so vivid. There’s usually an undercurrent, which seems like a character in itself,
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,
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
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).

Asia J
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Entertaining mostly towards the end. For a debut novel it wasn’t terrible, but I most definitely felt like I was reading a book written about black struggles by a white woman. The dialogue was also fucking atrocious.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and 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
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.
Such a funny, sharp novel about Emira Tucker, a black woman in her early twenties who works for Alix Chamberlain, a wealthy, white, well-known feminist blogger. Such a Fun Age explores their relationship and Alix’s attempts to get closer to Emira, often to prove her own care for and allyship with black people. Kiley Reid’s prose is clear and entertaining, always grounded in fast-paced, smartly-written scenes with believable dialogue. In some ways this novel felt like a more witty, specific ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m completely in the minority here, this book is popular and there is a reason for it, it’s readable (mostly) engaging and fun with a fresh and contemporary feel while also tackling some pretty serious issues of race and white privilege, parts of this story are great for furthering discussion about inequality and racism although I’m afraid it also perpetuates stereotypes rather than evolving them. (Perfect for book club discussion!) But what I can’t get past is the poor execution of the ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Theresa Alan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fast read, which is interesting, because the events that happen are never these big huge things, but generally fairly subtle.

Emira is a 25-year-old college graduate who is at a party when the woman she babysits for calls her at eleven p.m. on a weekend night, saying that something dire has come up and she needs Emira to pick up the almost three-year-old Briar and just get her away from the house for a while. Emira needs the money, so she leaves the party and takes Briar to a
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When I first heard the plot of this book was about a young black woman being confronted by a security guard due to him believing she may be a kidnapper I immediately dismissed the idea of reading it because I thought “that is stupid – most people would just assume she was the nanny.” And then I realized I either had to read it or drink a gallon of poison because did my brain say that due to my subconscious already having that
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are times when a book you thought would soon wind up in the "did not finish" pile turns into not only one you enjoyed but also one that brought some valuable thoughts and feelings into your consciousness. This was one of those books, made even better by discussions that ensued along the way with my book friends, Jan and Victoria.

If you were to rely on the writing, I do think you might be a tad disappointed, However, if you were looking for a book that carried a message, many messages
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I expected something a bit more serious in regards of racism than a contemporary love-hate-revenge novel with black characters in it and I suppose that was my biggest problem with this book. Had I know it isn't, I don't think I would have even started it.

The book started very strong, I loved Emira, I loved that she was shown in a situation that is possible in the real life yet is unjust - the ugly truth of our current world. I felt for her and hoped that this will deal with these issues
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
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
Let me just say that Such a Fun Age definitely will be on my Top Ten list of reads for 2020. That just goes without saying, I think, and I also think it will be on a lot of "favorite" lists this year. I have, however, hesitated to write a review of the book out of fear of diminishing its importance as well as its enjoyability. Such a Fun Age is a cross-genre tale about race, class, upbringing and the difficulty it is to cross those barriers. Age even plays a role in this clever, well written, ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story of race and class. It was a quick read, more plot driven than character focused, although Emira and Briar were my favorite characters by far. While some might call it an issues book, it's much more than that -- it's a discussion on class, motherhood, privilege, and how the way we see people is influenced by how we see ourselves. This book felt surprisingly light despite its heavy themes and I flew through it in just a few sittings.

Thank you to Putnam for providing me
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Kiley Reid (born 1984) is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Such a Fun Age, was published in December 2019.
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