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Such a Fun Age

par Kiley Reid

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A REESE'S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK "The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly "A great way to kick off 2020." --Washington Post "I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." --NPR A 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. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things 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," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.… (plus d'informations)
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Three and a half stars. Rating because I don't like unreliable narrators. Otherwise this would be a five. I totally get why she did it, though. This book is the final word in unreliable narrators. It is a skillfully done character study that knows its writing beats. Reading this was a fantastic experience. Each character was interesting to study and I developed strong opinions, only to have them shattered 99% of the time twenty pages later, as more facts and different POVs about something were uncovered. Children were used as plot points. I can't stand them IRL, and dislike reading them in fiction, but this author made them matter. While I hated Kelley, ultimately, Alex is the villain of the piece.

She engages in hardcore stalking of her employee rather than getting to know her; and absolves herself of any blame or guilt of anything, unless it's performative. Alex has been assigning blame instead of apologizing for a long, long time. She was super trashy new money in high school, and had poor judgment and no knowledge of class etiquette as a result. I'm not exactly blaming her for that. Kelley is her boyfriend and desperate to be popular. When a bunch of popular jocks with raging senses of entitlement over other people's property show up to her family's new house for a party without her knowledge or consent, but Kelley's implied encouragement, Alex calls the cops. She has been raised to believe cops are good. Kelley's friend Robbie is arrested and loses his scholarship. Kelley breaks up with Alex to maintain his new social status. It's heartbreaking Robbie was arrested and lost his scholarship. Alex wanted a romantic milestone evening with her boyfriend and had no idea a party had been planned at her house.

Kelley ruins everything. He didn't call the guys or even talk them out of it at school. Robbie never said, "This note is yours. Have a good time." He thought, "She MUST share her house." Alex was embarrassed by her parents' conspicuous spending. Everyone made a variety of bad choices and blames one another into adulthood. Everyone in this book sucks except Emira and her friends. Alex tries to control Emira outside of work and sees her, at most, as a teenager. She's an adult, and maybe eight years younger. I enjoyed Emira's friendship with Zara, and laughed at certain things Zara did in the end. I'm glad I got to read this and I hope the author continues succeeding. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 28, 2022 |
This is a great book that tackles a lot of unexpected issues and it was definitely a page turner for me. My only criticism is that the ending felt a little choppy. ( )
  awesomejen2 | Jun 21, 2022 |
I appreciate the racial subject of the story and it was nicely handled. The author did a wonderful job detailing Emira's difficulties as well as the friendships that supported her.

That being said, I did not like this book. Correction - I did not like some of the characters in this book. Alix and Kelley annoyed me to know end. I've never read a book where two characters were so self involved and truly felt the world revolved around them. They truly showed the worst of people. ( )
  Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
I had tried to read this previously and put it down. I had to make a last minute book club substitution, chose it and i was glad I did. Initially, I found it annoying and this time through, I enjoyed it on many levels. What at first seemed predictable, turned out to be wrong. If at first the main theme seems to be race, I believe it is actually class. Emira is a wonderful character and the moral center of the novel. ( )
  ccayne | Jun 15, 2022 |
Dieses Buch hat mich ein wenig irritiert - Rassismus in all seinen Ausprägungen scheint dieses Jahr extrem viel Platz auf meinen Leselisten einzunehmen. Insofern fand ich es interessant, hier zwei weiße Protagonisten zu sehen, die völlig überzeugt sind, nicht rassistisch zu sein, allerdings auf eine verquere Art genau das sind - und dabei den Splitter im Auge des Gegenübers sehen, nicht aber den Balken im eigenen Auge.

Allerdings wirken alle Figuren auf mich künstlich, einschließlich der Protagonistin und ihren Freunden, das kleine Mädchen, dass sie betreut, wirkt auf mich absolut unglaubwürdig für eine Dreijährige (und ich habe wirklich merkwürdige Dreijährige kennengelernt).

Insofern - spannender Ansatz, aber in der Ausführung für mich leider nicht wirklich gelungen. ( )
  Ellemir | May 25, 2022 |
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A REESE'S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK "The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly "A great way to kick off 2020." --Washington Post "I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." --NPR A 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. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things 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," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.

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