August 11, 2020

Such a Fun Age

Lost in rhythm. ~ pg. 209

It is the midst of a family crisis one late evening. White blogger, Alix Chamberlain, calls her black babysitter, Emira, for a favor. Take Briar the toddler to the local market for a quick distraction while things get settled at home. Things go left when the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar. One phone call and it can all be straightened out. But Alix's efforts to right the situation turn out to be selfish, rather than good intentions.

Such a Fun Age was everywhere! I saw the cover online, in the public library back when they were still open for browsing, featured in Reese Witherspoon's popular book club and as a recommendation in my email inbox. Thank goodness for a good relationship with my public library because I had a copy reserved soon as it hit shelves. Was it worth the hoopla? Oh, yes!

Let me guess. Were you waiting on my review before deciding to read it yourself? Awww, you're too kind. Go ahead...Such a Fun Age has my stamp of recommendation (along with the 130,000+ reviews). This novel could not have come at a better time when we are in the midst of "Karen Culture" and the bullshit that black women have to deal with every day of our lives. 

I hope that Such a Fun Age continues to spark conversation of what the other side may experience in such situations. At the least, readers should be left asking, "What would I do if I were Alix? How would I react if I were in Emira's shoes?" I challenge you to also examine your own boss-employee dynamic. Let's chat more after you're done reading this well written debut novel!

Title: Such a Fun Age
Author: Kiley Reid
Published: December 2019
Pages: 307
Edition: Hardcover
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤


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