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Such a Fun Age av Kiley Reid
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Such a Fun Age (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Kiley Reid (Författare)

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Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health 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 other. With 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 consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.… (mer)
Medlem:jocainster
Titel:Such a Fun Age
Författare:Kiley Reid (Författare)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2019), Edition: Reissue, 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:race

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Such a Fun Age av Kiley Reid (2019)

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I couldn’t wait to read this book because it got sooo much buzz. I am glad I read it but my rating reflects “liked it” rather than higher praise. I felt like I had read this before—ignorant white privilege, coming of age drama and influence of friends…positive and negative. Perhaps this was not the book for me on this subject. YA fiction does not meet my search for knowledge these days, but I would recommend it just he same. We can always learn something from new voices on the scene. ( )
  beebeereads | Feb 13, 2021 |
There is a lot to like about first-time novelist Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age. 25-year-old Emira Tucker is doing dead-end jobs, stressing about getting a "real" job with benefits such as health insurance. Her primary job right now is sitting for the young daughter of an upper-middle-class white family. Alix, the child's mother, is eager to build a friendship with Emira. Emira's new white boyfriend is eager to show his wokeness. Between the two, we see different aspects of fetishizing black Emira and being performative wypipo.
Emira and Alix each have their own set of friends who support and steer them. I particularly enjoyed Emira's friend Zara, who almost seems to represent the wilder side that Emira suppresses. The story is well written and flows easily. I'll be eager to see what Reid does next. ( )
  Jim53 | Feb 10, 2021 |
This fast-paced novel's setting is Philadelphia in 2015-2016. It drew me in at the beginning and held my attention throughout. There was a casual tone but it dealt with some heavy issues, i.e., race. class, privilege, and relationships.

A well-to-do white couple likes their Black babysitter, Emira, a lot. The babysitter likes them, especially their 5-year-old daughter, Briar. One night while Emira is in a supermarket with the little girl, she is accused of kidnapping Briar. The story gets very interesting after that dealing with Emira's struggles in deciding what direction to go in her life. Alex, Briar's mother, tries to make the kidnapping fiasco easier for Emira which promotes some thought-provoking situations.

I liked that the novel is set in present-time using social media, the Internet, and viral videos which play a big part in our lives. Also, the occasional humor helped lighten up the tense moments. I didn't expect the ending to be so sudden though.

This would be a great book-club selection since there are so many different angles to discuss. ( )
  pegmcdaniel | Feb 6, 2021 |
Idk if I even liked this book...

Let me just start by saying I didn't hate this book. I really didn't. But I had quite a few issues getting through it. First of all, Alix's fascination and hero complex with Emira was both off-putting and slightly disturbing in some ways. There were several times I caught myself muttering 'WTF?'. Secondly, I wasn't expecting the major race theme of the story. The issues tackled were both uncomfortable but also totally realistic, and honestly it's kinda f***ed up that it all seemed too real. Thirdly, may I just say that Alix is one messed up individual?? I might actually hate her.

The one huge redeemable part for me was Emira's and Briar's relationship. I absolutely adored Briar through the story and you could definitely see the love that Emira had for her.

I was debating on a rating for this for a good 30 minutes because the writing was good, but I also didn't enjoy the story as much as I thought I should have, I just felt like maybe the ending was unfinished? But I also didn't dislike it either. I really have a love/hate relationship with this book so I decided to just give it a solid 3 and stay in the middle. ( )
  Alli_Kelsey | Jan 28, 2021 |
Really well-written and captivating. The characters are complex and interesting and the plot is fun and keeps you going. A fun read despite the heavy topics of racism and elitism. It is a great way to contemplate the nuances of racism in everyday life without it getting you down or depressed. ( )
  nicole_a_davis | Jan 26, 2021 |
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Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health 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 other. With 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 consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

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