SUMMARY ☆ Such a Fun Age

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Such a Fun AgeA 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 bothAlix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same A mother to two small girls she started out as a blogger and has uickly built herself into a confidence driven brand. ✧ find this review others on my blog ✧Such a Fun Age is a novel that disheartened me even if it didn’t surprise me Something akin to relief gusted through my room like a warm front when I finished it not because it was an unpleasant read—though it does depict many unpleasant moments—but because the story so often wound up my feelings to such a high point of second hand embarrassment that it felt like a huge weight slid down my shoulders when it was all overNarratives about race and privilege are not unfamiliar literary fodder but in her novel Reid demonstrates a remarkable insight by taking on the monumental challenge of revealing the state of America through what she called the “everyday domestic biases that we don’t even know we have” Reid’s exploration is a fresh and interesting look at the uneasy performance of “wokeness”—a paper thin tissue of a word so conspicuous that it now immediately breeds distrustAt the outset of the novel Emira Tucker a young black woman is accosted by a security guard in an upscale grocery store in Philadelphia and accused of kidnapping the white toddler she’s babysitting The scene is unnerving devastating and all too familiar but rather than dwell on the racial and political implications of this terrible defining incident Reid almost speeds through it and so does Emira who chooses to give the whole affair the shake of the head it deserves like putting the whole night in a museum—removed too soon forgotten—and turns her mind to the far preoccupying matter of her inching closer to her 25th birthday and towards the inevitability of being kicked out of her parents’ health insuranceThe author’s choice however doesn’t make these details any less affecting and suggests them instead as an essential context for the relationship residing at the heart of the novel between Emira and her employer Alix Chamberlain a white wealthy influencer who built a flowering career writing letters an endeavor that later carried her forward into a disappointing grown up settled existence in PhiladelphiaReid’s novel is smartly and solidly told; her prose is incisive and lived in as though carefully culled from years of listening in on private conversations But the book’s biggest triumph is the way the author hides barbed little truths in her otherwise lightweight yarns while still conveying a clear headed message as permeable as sandstoneAs it happens if lack of subtlety was a recognized art Alix Chamberlain would have museum exhibits in her honor Alix feels that she has earned her woke badge and prides herself on that fact but after the incident at the supermarket she decides to “wake the fuck up” and “get to know Emira better” This wake up call is followed by an urge to announce her newly invigorated self awareness to Emira hoping for recognition some kind of affirmation of the work she has done on herself She wants Emira to know “that one of Alix’s closest friends was also black That Alix’s new and favorite shoes were from Payless and only cost eighteen dollars That Alix had read everything that Toni Morrison had ever written”Alix’s sudden warmth which seemed to presume upon some happy old intimacy she and Emira did not share throws Emira into awkwardness Her well meaning words and best efforts—which often made me cringe with a sharpness that was almost pain—to cultivate an image of herself as being politically aware uickly turn into empty puffs of air Too caught in the weave of her fumbling attempts at identifying with Emira—even going as far as peering on the notifications displayed on the lock screen of Emira’s phone mining fo

REVIEW Such a Fun Age

SUMMARY ☆ Such a Fun Age î 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 bothAlix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants anSo she is shocked when her babysitter Emira Tucker is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child a security guard at their local high end supermarket 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 it rightBut Emira herself is aimless broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help At twenty five she is about to lose her he. While this is a simplistic story it’s still a very accurate portrayal of performative activism and woke culture I recognized so many of the central characters within people who exist in real life I found myself nodding along to the book’s portrayals of liberal white allyship and the way people often believe their own self serving narratives I think because of the simplistic nature of the storyline though the book was a little predictable and didn’t totally blow me away with new revelations which is why I haven’t bumped it up to 5 stars It’s still very relevant though and I think people who have experienced these types of characters IRL will appreciate the way the author has tackled this story

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Alth 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 otherWith empathy and piercing social commentary Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships what it means to make someone “family” the complicated reality of being a grown up and the conseuences of doing the right thing for the wrong reas. 25 stars An easy read that lacked the emotional connection and powerful punch that I had expected This book is all the buzz lately I couldn’t wait to dig in and see what all the hype was about I’m not sure if the overhyping is what made me feel like I was missing something or this simply wasn’t a powerful book for me Yes there are some very heavy topics covered within these pages but the way they are presented didn’t impact or resonate with me From start to finish the narrative made me feel distanced from the characters and storyline I never felt completely immersed in their lives It was like I was being told this story without being given the opportunity to truly experience it Often times the dialogue felt awkward and somewhat forced which further distanced me from the characters I didn’t like the way the changing perspectives overlapped it often felt choppy and lacked flow Overall it was an easy uick read but not one that lived up to my expectations Please read the many raving reviews before deciding on this book as I am clearly the outlier Thank you to Edelweiss for my review copy