I saw myself reflected in Alix and Kelley in ways that made me uncomfortable, but I think are really valuable. Horrific dialogue. It is absolutely phenomenal; engaging, important & refreshing. I found myself nodding along to the book’s portrayals of liberal white allyship and the way people often believe their own self-serving narratives. It tells the story of a young black woman who is wrongly accused of kidnapping while babysitting a white child, and the events that follow the incident. On the surface this was an engaging story about Emira, A 25-year-old African-American woman finding herself and her voice. When Alix hears of the incident, she is shocked and tries to treat Emira better, including offering her a higher pay. I would love to have seen more character development and depth with both characters. --Buzzfeed"A searing commentary on race and privilege." Published: 31st December 2019 I loved how Emira, the main character, is figuring out life as many 25 year olds do. Eventually, the babysitter has to summon the child’s father to collect them. Well into her 30s, Emira wonders what she learned from her time at the Chamberlain house. But, ultimately, I wanted more from this book and these characters. All in all, it’s a cracking debut – charming, authentic and every bit as entertaining as it is calmly, intelligently damning. —@jennyhollander, A post shared by Marie Claire (@marieclairemag), "Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid is Such A Fun Read! With an unfussy, witty voice comparable to American contemporaries Curtis Sittenfeld and Taffy Brodesser-Akner, in Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid has painted a portrait of the liberal middle class that resonates far beyond its Philadelphia setting....A tantalizingly plotted tale about the way we live now: about white guilt and virtue-signaling, but also about the uneven dynamic between domestic staff and their employers....Such a Fun Agespeaks for itself; I suspect it will turn its writer into a star." Earn 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent. Wow! Learn more about the book and read an exclusive interview with the author here. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. A novel of the Philadelphia of today dealing primarily with the topic of inter-racial relationships both from an employment viewpoint and from a social aspect in the lives of young ladies, well educated, of both black and white origins. Do not believe the hype, I really do not get how this book is top of so many publications "Books of 2020". And yes, dear reader, you are implicated in this too." I think because of the simplistic nature of the storyline though, the book was a little predictable and didn’t totally blow me away with new revelations, which is why I haven’t bumped it up to 5 stars. --Refinery29, "[A] sharp and gripping debut...Written with both empathy and unflinching candor, Reid's novel delivers piercing social commentary on race and privilege in America that will have you contemplating it long after you finish reading." I found myself nodding along to the book’s portrayals of liberal white allyship and the way people often believe their own self-serving narratives. 2.5 stars. A group of kids showing up uninvited knowing parents are away = the house getting trashed, regardless of race. I have to admit, I'm in awe." There are much better books out there that deal with inter racial relationships and issues way better : The Hate you Give is a great read and much better at addressing racism and it's consequences on characters. The novel quickly garnered critical acclaim, including a NY Times Bestseller spot, and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in 2020. I don’t think Alix was n. Hmmm I think finding the letter speaks to how white women in our society have been afforded the weapon of self-victimization. I agree. --Chicago Review of Books, "Kiley Reid doesn't shy away from tackling tough contemporary topics like class, race and privilege, yet she manages to thoroughly entertain the reader while delivering social commentary. i absolutely adore reese witherspoon and enjoy her book club choices, but this one isnt quite the hit i was expecting it to be, unfortunately. In short, it's a great way to kick off 2020." On the surface this was an engaging story about Emira, A 25-year-old African-American woman finding herself and her voice. The question that will sit with readers for days after finishing the book: What role do I play?" It was hard to describe but disjointed in your desc. Perfect for book clubs." The first edition of the novel was published in December 31st 2019, and was written by Kiley Reid. I thought it was terribly written. There’s something a touch too tidy about the way Alix’s character develops, and it’s true that the plot pivots on an almighty coincidence. —@teacupbooks_, "Fantastic and thought-provoking novel about class, privilege, race, and consent. What a waste of a pre-order. It's taken a few days for me to figure out how I want to review this. I could not get on board with the writing either!!!! The author makes sure she lets you know that she attended some prestigious workshops, but I honestly didn't see any evidence of that. All of the characters in the book, especially the main ones, never get out of their little boxes and have no true relationships with each other. --NPRA 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, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. Brier was so adorable, precocious, and loving. I pre-ordered this and had high hopes! Empathic and pragmatic, Emira is the novel’s star, though Reid uses additional viewpoints to tell her story, among them that of Emira’s employer, Alix Chamberlain. Number Of Pages: 320. With intimate, touching observations, Reid details the lives of two complicated, loving women who are trying to figure out how to live their best lives in a world that does not always make space for them to do so." I understand this is a debut novel so some lenience I’ll allow for the undercooked writing. It's both wildly fun and breathtakingly wise, deftly and confidently confronting issues of … —@paperbacksandpeonies, A post shared by morgan paperbacks & peonies (@paperbacksandpeonies). No challenge in reading this book. The babysitter’s name is Emira Tucker and she’s a college grad edging into her mid-20s. For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. If anything Robbie was the worst behaved character in the whole story. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $9.63 Shipping to Germany. —@wordswithrach, A post shared by Rachel | #bookstagram (@wordswithrach), "I ate up Such a Fun Age. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Especially the flashback where she discovered the letter and decided to lie about it. We read this as part of our book club and out of 7 of us 5 gave up and the other 2 said it didn't get any better. --Lena Waithe, One of...The New York Times' 10 Books to Watch for in January USA Today's 5 Books Not to Miss Vogue's Best Books of WinterElle's Best Books of 2020 So FarMarie Claire's 10 Best Books of Winter 2019 Real Simple's Most Anticipated Books of 2020 People's Book of the Week Glamour's Best Books of 2020 (So Far) Vulture's 32 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2020New York Post's Best Books of the Week theSkimm's Reads PicksParade's Most Anticipated Books of Early 2020PopSugar's 22 Best Books of WinterSheReads' Most Anticipated Books of 2020Refinery29's 11 Books to Stay Inside With This Winter Domino's What to Read This WinterE! I fell in love right from the first page. --Vanity Fair, "Such a Fun Age keeps it real on race, wealth, and class....Subtly illustrat[es] the systemic racism in America and the ways that we're routinely perpetuating it or being subjected to it on a daily basis.

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