Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
3 words: interpersonal, complex, pageturner
The first book I finished this decade, and what a good one.
You know how some books keep you turning the pages, but then you forget all about them later?
And other books make you think about them over and over, even after you’ve finished reading?
This book’s got it going on in both the page turning department and the you-can’t-stop-thinking-about-it category.
I seriously want to talk with anyone who’s read this book… there’s so much to discuss!
We’re talking issues of race, class, power, and privilege. There are secrets from the past, and old traumas just waiting to burst forth, and new insults waiting at every turn. And then there’s our smartphone-infested age…
Emira is a twentysomething who gets a job babysitting for a little girl from an affluent white family—and she and the little one adore one another.. Alix, the toddler’s mother, is an Instagram influencer with designs on becoming a feminist icon… and the intent to improve Emira’s life (oh so condescendingly…)
Then there’s a flashpoint — when Emira takes the little girl to a gourmet grocery store and is accused of kidnapping. And then another person enters the picture, also intending to help Emira.
And by this point, I just wanted everything to be ok for Emira, and the web kept getting more tangled.
A total pageturner… not due to adrenaline, but because you’ll need to know how this situation is going to resolve.
A book filled with wisdom and worry and despair and hope.
Give this book a whirl if you like… captivating stories about race and power dynamics, #ownvoices novels, Little Fires Everywhere, relationship triangles, deciphering motives