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Such a Fun Age

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  11,363 ratings  ·  2,033 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: contemporary, 2019, arc
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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karen
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.
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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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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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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Phrynne
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
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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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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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Thomas
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
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
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: 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
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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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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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Mackenzi
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Believe the hype.
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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Bkwmlee
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
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
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.
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Solid 4 stars -- so much to think about and still unpack upon finishing it. In addition to being a captivating story, it deftly touches upon race, white saviorism & fetishization and all the ways even "woke" white people can mess up and completely miss the mark. Love Amira's character -- she was a 20-something just trying to pay the bills and figure her life out when she gets caught up in all this. She doesn't always have the answers or know how to navigate any of this perfectly either.

I
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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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Klinta
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
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