Such a Fun Age
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women ...more
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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 ...more
....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 - ‘ ‘ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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— ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more