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Such a Fun Age

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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
Expected publication: 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
    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 thriving online business as well as lots of speaking ...more
    Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    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 - ‘ ‘
    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
    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
    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
    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—
    Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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 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
    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.

    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.
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars

    As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew it was my kind of book. I'm so happy that I won an ARC in a giveaway (thank you to Putnam Books).

    The book starts with an incident where Emira, a twenty-something black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping the young white toddler she babysits. Then we get to see the aftermath of this event, and how it changes the relationship between Emira and her boss, Alix Chamberlain.

    First of all, I really enjoyed this book. I found the tone and writing style
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Sometimes it feels rare to come across a novel that is just super smartly written. But Reid has achieved that with her insightful book that offers a new take on the 'white savior complex.' The novel is told from two perspectives: Emira, a young African American woman in her 20s who experiences racism during a night babysitting, and Alix, her uber-rich, white boss. There were moments when I expected the book to take a darker turn (since racism can be so horrifying), but I respect Reid's decision ...more
    Rec-It Rachel
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    love love love love love love love love love love love love
    I really liked this! The dialogue, in particular, is so well done (the 3 year old is just perfect) and the criticisms of whiteness feel really sharp - these dumb white people who are so wrapped up in worrying about race that they can't see Emira for a unique person. The economics realities of being a childcare worker are pretty accurate too, although I got super mad that she was working for them 20+ hours a week on a regular schedule and they were still calling her a babysitter and not a nanny. ...more
    Jillian Doherty
    Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Immediately immersive; Emira loves babysitting Briar, but feels at 25 her life should be more developed, like her friends are. Alix, Briar's mom, adores Emira a bit too much, while spending her time justifying why her life is as amazing as it used to be~ they're both flawed yet relatable characters!

    The story tackles race, how we identify with each other and ourselves. I loved the story's approachable, chaotic, and honestly fun voice~ just what i was looking for!

    Galley borrowed from the
    Genevieve Trono
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Such a Fun Age is the debut novel by Kiley Reid. This is one of those books that is written in a light and engaging manner but is deceptively heavy-hitting. It a compelling contemporary fiction novel that dives into racial issues from two very different standpoints as well as how we identify with ourselves and with one another.

    We meet two women, Emira Tucker and Alix Chamberlain. Emira babysits for Alix's young daughter Briar and after a late-night incident where Emira is stopped by security
    Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is a story about agency, but also about prejudice and everything surrounding it.

    Emira is falsely accused of kidnapping the child she babysits while taking her to a convenience store. This issue is solved when the father comes to clear it all up, but it provokes a cascade of changes that affects not only Emira, bringing a new boyfriend into her life, along with all the headache, but also Alix, her boss who feels guilty for what happened and wants to make amends.

    This is a book hard to
    Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, fiction
    3.5 rounded up

    This book has been seriously hyped, and going in I was unsure of what to expect beyond an examination of the relationship between a young black woman and her affluent white employer. Fortunately Such a Fun Age is so much more than that.

    Kiley Reid's novel kicks off with Emira, a 25-year-old black woman who works part-time as a babysitter for Alix Chamberlain's daughter Briar embarking on a late night visit to a supermarket Emira is involved in an altercation with a security guard
    Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a fantastic new addition to the literary fiction shelf.

    The story follows two women during two very different stages of life, yet also not too far apart in age. Emira is about to turn twenty-five and desperately needs a job with benefits. However, she can't let go of her babysitting job with the delightful and lovable Briar Chamberlain. The story also follows Briar's mom, Alix, who is a self-made woman, building up her brand and career with supportive family and friends behind her. Their
    Sophie Vershbow
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely stellar. Should definitely be one of the first big books of 2020. Super nuanced and important while still providing a thoroughly entertaining, propulsive narrative. I can't wait to see what's next from Kiley Reid!
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Nuanced, timely, important, COMPULSIVELY readable and absolutely unputdownable– I flew through this in 24 hours, but I’ll be thinking of this one for much, much longer. Grateful to have had a chance to read an early copy of this one, and absolutely certain you will be seeing it EVERYWHERE (with good reason) in the months to come.
    Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Be prepared for this book to make major waves in 2020! Such A Fun Age comes out December 31st and it is amazing. Kiley Reid does such an incredible job of telling a story about white privilege and racism in such an eye-opening, yet simple way. It was funny, relatable, and SO relevant... And it is her debut novel!

    This story is about an African-American babysitter named Emira who is accused of kidnapping by a store security guard while out late at night with the child she watches, Briar. The
    Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Alix Chamberlain is a white, successful Manhattan mom with two kids, a loving husband, and an amazing babysitter her daughter adores. She started as a blogger and has built her business showing other women how to get what they want.

    Emira is a young black woman, a recent-ish grad feeling aimless in her next step in life, so she babysits 2 year old Briar while she tries to figure things out. She obviously loves being Briar's caretaker, and their relationship is more than cute--it's a once in a
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    When I first read the synopsis for “ Such a Fun Age”, I knew that I had to read it, but I honestly did not know what to expect. With the current climate of the world, I was expecting a very heavy read but what I found was much more than I expected. My emotions were all over the place. I laughed, I cried, I was angry. Although it focuses on some very heavy topics, the overall tone of this book was surprisingly light, which I really appreciated. Kiley Reid has such a way with words.
    Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: first-reads
    Finally, a white savior novel that includes a fully developed perspective from the African American savee. Emira, the young black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping her charge and the entire incident is captured on video. After the incident, her employer, Alix, desperately wants to make it up to her and to become friends. Not only does the book explore race, class, privilege and turn all tropes on their heads, it brings back the reality that being in your 20s is hard and it really isn’t a fun ...more
    Shira Selkovits
    Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I tore through this book. Definitely a must read when it comes out - important and extremely relevant in the face of so much white saviorism in popular culture.
    kerry cullen
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    smart, addictive, excellently plotted.
    Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars

    Such a Fun Age explores the challenging relationship of race, privilege, and the concept of white saviors. Emira, a college-educated, black babysitter, takes care of the Chamberlain’s eldest daughter, Briar. When there’s an accident at the Chamberlain’s house late at night, Alix (Briar’s mother) calls Emira to take Briar out of the house while the police are there. Emira takes Briar to the grocery store down the street, and that’s where Emira is accused of kidnapping Briar because
    Ritu Bhathal
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A book I managed to finish within a day, which, recently has been a struggle for me!

    I was intrigued by the blurb. Would this story about a young African American woman, who worked for a successful white family, be something like a lot of social themed novels recently, chanting #BlackLivesMatter?

    Well, it did, a little, but that wasn't the entirety of the novel.

    Emira, the babysitter is a twenty-something woman, similar to many out there, unsure of the direction of her life, plodding along, trying
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