Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (Review)

Read: January 2020
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons (2019)
Genre: Contemporary, realistic
Pages: 305

Brief Summary:

Alix is a successful blogger who is driven to market and sell her brand. Emira, her babysitter, is a sweet but aimless 25 year old who doesn’t quite know what to do with her life just yet. So when Emira is stopped in a ritzy grocery store accused of stealing her white charge (Alix’s daughter), things become a little dicey as both women are faced to make things right.

What I think:

As I was reading this book, I felt terribly conflicted by what I was reading. At the start of the novel, I was confronted with an incident that happens all too often. I couldn’t believe that we were starting the story off with a bang. Great, I thought, Let’s see how this incident pans out.

Unfortunately, we don’t see the consequences of it until the very end. Alix, a well meaning white woman, isn’t really well meaning. Instead, I find her to be one dimensional and shallow. Even though she is in her thirties, she is still obsessed with how her senior year was ruined forever. She cares about her image, the kind that makes people think she’s caring and a liberal woman.

Emira, our protagonist, is a sweet and wonderful woman. Even still, she is someone who is pushed along by other people’s agendas: her friends, her employer, even her friends. Even when she finally makes the choice I would have made, I wonder if she would have even chosen that if her friends hadn’t suggested it. Kelley, her white boyfriend seems to truly care for her and what she does with her life, but he doesn’t seem to be as involved in the plot as I thought he would be.

I almost feel like this book is trying to emulate The Help for modern day, but couldn’t quite get there.

The prose was light and easy to get through. The themes weren’t preachy. However, I just don’t feel confident enough to say I loved or hated the book. With that being said, I’m not going to rate this book because that would be unfair to rate it while I’m still so unsure.

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