‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid

This a modern day story about racism, elitism and the struggles to find identity in a world where everything is documented. This is the story of Emira- a young 25 year old, black woman, who while in a supermarket, is accused of kidnapping the white child she is baby sitting. The event is caught on camera by a bystander. This night sets of a chain of events for Emira and the young family she works for.

I loved this book! It has all the elements of a good read- cultural relevance, romance, millennial banter. I also loved how this book showed the messy dynamics of privilege, specially from the perspectives of the Chamberlains, Emira’s employers. The mother, Alix, made a name for herself on social media emphasising the importance of women standing up for themselves.

I found this book from a Facebook bookclub I’m apart of and was interested in the range of impressions of this book. Personally, I really enjoyed it and have recommended it to my girlfriends for our bookclub.

This book is Kiley Reid’s debut novel and since being published in December 2019 has already reached critically acclaim being a 2020 NAACP Image Award Finalist and being recommended by Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club.

If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Vanessa x

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