Full Pour Review: Such a Fun Age

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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.”

Beer Recommendation:

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 🍻

Full Pour Review: Judgement Detox

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Judgment Detox is a really light and refreshing, “feel good” spiritual book that will leave you wanting to reference it long after you’ve finished reading. You do not need to be a religious person by any means to enjoy this book and appreciate the valuable lessons that it provides. Gabby’s Judgment Detox is a six-step practice that provides the reader with thorough direction on how to decrease judgment in their lives through the practice of witnessing their own judgments without judgment, honoring their wounds and trauma, surrendering fear-based judgments by choosing to see the light, making an effort to see people for the first time, and understanding the importance of forgiveness in order to let go of harmful resentments that have been held on to.

Each step builds off of the other and within each step, the reader is called to take action on the lessons taught via journaling prompts, meditating, praying, experimenting with The Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as “tapping”), and more. Each of these principles are intended for the reader to implement in their daily lives in order to help let go of resentments as well as to develop a healthier relationship to judgment that will allow them to be more mindful of how they respond to it when it arises. These steps and principles are easy to follow and serve as loving, gentle guides to helping you let go of judgments and resentments you have developed. Many of these techniques also provide “miracle moments” of quick relief that help raise your mood in an instant, allowing the reader to see just how quickly and easy it can be to change our thoughts and how much power we have in creating our happiness.

If you’re in a slump and feel like your mind is constantly focused on the negatives, are tired of feeling guilty of judging yourself and others, or simply want guidance on how to create your own happiness and transition your fear-based thoughts to a place of love, this is the book for you. In a time when we are surrounded by so much judgment and negativity, this book couldn’t have come at a better time to remind us that we are not so different from one another after all, and how important it is to take a look inward and do our best to be the light we want to see in the world in order to best serve ourselves as well as others.

Beer Recommendation:

Judgment Detox is best paired with Guayabera by Cigar City. This tropical, juicy pale ale with citrus notes and Citra hops is light and refreshing with a nice little punch of bitterness to it. Like this book, Guayabera will taste like the mental vacation you didn’t realize you needed and leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired.