Such a Fun Age was an impressive, quick read that all at once was entertaining, enlightening and a little uncomfortable at times. From the very beginning, I was completely engrossed in the story and finished the book in two days.
In this book, Kiley Reid provides timely insights on several important topics such as race, privilege, social biases, power struggles and boundaries in a comical way through the complicated relationships between characters Emira Tucker, Alix Chamberlain and Kelly Copeland.
Alix Chamberlain is a young blogger who hires 25 year old Emira Tucker to babysit her 2 year old child, Briar. One late evening while Emira is out celebrating a friends birthday, Alix calls her in an emergency, hoping that Emira could help them by entertaining Briar away from home while Alix and her husband Peter addressed the situation. While walking around a local grocery store with Briar, another customer became concerned that a young black girl was out so late with a white toddler and reported her to the grocery store security guard. In front of a small gathering of customers and while being filmed by one of the them, Emira is verbally harassed by this security guard and customer; completely mortified to be accused of kidnapping Briar. Alix is shocked that this incident occurred in her neighborhood store and with the best of intentions, goes out of her way to help make things right for Emira.
At this moment in her life, Emira has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up; concerned that she has not discovered her talents or passions as easily as the rest of her family, and growing increasingly concerned that she will be kicked off of her parents health insurance plan prior to finding a full time job with benefits. While Emira absolutely adores Briar and being her babysitter, she is not the biggest fan of Alix and is wary of her sudden deeper interest and desire to help her.
Kiley Reid’s storytelling ability is incredible and it’s hard to believe that this is her debut novel. While the personalities and lives of Alix and Emira were vastly different, I found them very relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed how entertaining and thought provoking this story was, leaving the reader with so much to reflect on long after they have finished the book. If you’re looking for a fun, dramatic, contemporary fiction story that you can easily power through, I highly recommend checking out “Such a Fun Age.”
Such a Fun Age is best paired with NOBO by Monument City Brewing Company. NOBO is a delicious New England style IPA that was double dry hopped with Citra and El Dorado hops. This juicy, citrusy beer starts with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finishes mildly bitter 🍻