This was the book I was most excited to read in 2020 and had been waiting for MONTHS for it to be released. There’s such a buzz around Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age right now and people seem to either love it or hate it. Have you read it? I did…and my review is a bit all over the place. There were parts of this book that I loved and parts of this book that I did not.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
Man, my thoughts on this one are a bit all over the place.
First and foremost, this book brings awareness to such an important topic of equality. It’s very candid in the way it discusses race. Books like this NEED to be written and NEED to be shared. I’m so glad I read it and I’m so glad that the buzz is focusing around a book which is such an important read for so many reasons.
There were a few things about this book that I didn’t love. For one, I had a hard time truly liking ANY of the characters (especially Alix who I found creepy, extremely immature, and overall just awful from the very beginning). I also found this book quite predictable in many ways in terms of story lines…and I’m the WORST when it comes to correctly predicting story lines, lol.
(Complete side note…The teacher in me (I was an elementary school teacher for 14 years) has to wonder if Briar falls somewhere on the autism spectrum? Did anyone else think this while reading???)
I liked this book and it held my interest from page one but…I just kept waiting for the big climax which unfortunately didn’t even happen until almost the end of the book! I would say that he majority of this book was interesting although not very exciting.
It was a SUPER easy read, I read it over a few days. Although it wasn’t very exciting, it absolutely held my interest from page 1. I would 100 percent read another Kiley Reid book again, I really loved her writing style! For such a heavy topic, this book was actually a light and easy read. I give her credit…this alone will make people want to read this important book.
Told you my feelings on this book are a bit scattered 😉
I would recommend this book but only for the awareness that it brings to such an important topic….not for the actual story lines or characters.
Did you read this book? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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