You are seeing SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid all over the book-loving internet for good reason. This hot new release and Reese’s Bookclub pick lived up to the hype. Impressed by this debut!
SYNOPSIS: From Goodreads (because they can do it better than I can)
“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.”
This is a quick and easy read that is actually quite deep, filled with issues of racism, white privilege, white saviorism, and even parenting. Told from the perspectives of the two main characters Alix and Emira, the author allows the reader to have empathy for both sides of the story. Both characters have the best of intentions throughout the book when it comes to each other, but Alix and Emira are both naive and ignorant when it comes to their relationship.
This book reminded me that when it comes to race relations, we all suffer from some level of ignorance and naivety and we need to work harder on communicating our understandings without being scared to do so. If Alix and Emira had communicated better, their outcome would have been totally different.
Thank you to @Libro.fm for the advanced listening copy. I loved listening to this one and highly recommend the audiobook version.
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SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid
Published by G.P. Putnam & Son’s, December 31, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Where I listened: while cleaning out my closet
Stephenie’s Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars