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Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid

  • Release Date: 2019-12-31
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 1,931 Ratings


A Best Book of the Year:
The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune • NPR Vogue • Elle  Real Simple • InStyle • Good Housekeeping • Parade • Slate  Vox  Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal  BookPage

Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick 

"The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly

"I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." --NPR

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 both.

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," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.


  • Such A Fun Age

    By Reena56
    An excellent read !! It hooked me in on Chapter 1 and I couldn’t put it down . Great characters, relevant topics of race and privilege, old hurts .
  • Shallow

    By KLM4030
    I thought this was a really shallow look into a complex world. The characters were not given enough depth, and you really don’t feel connected to any of them, and they were all unlikable.
  • So Cheesy

    By jscann
    This is like a cross between an after school special and a Law & Order episode. Just awful.
  • Good premise, bad execution

    By MJM792
    After so many great reviews, I bought without sampling. That was a big mistake. The concept of examining white guilt could have been interesting, but readers are given a trite story that felt freshly-plucked from headlines. The main Black character’s inner life is given little examination. While the white formale lead’s every thought and emotion is on display. Surprising for an author who is a woman of color. The plot is trite and almost takes a Single White Female turn. Alice seems to have mental pain that us glossed over and the ending seems like it’s tacked on to give readers an unnecessary feeling of peace.
  • 4/5

    By lamm_ie
    Loved the flow of writing so much I couldn’t put it down. But the ending made me feel kinda let down.
  • Amazing

    By @Yannnaas
    Really shows the relationship and miscommunications between black and white women. I recommend everyone read to gain insight and it’s also hilarious.
  • Great read!!!

    By Sher V.
    Loved it!! Couldn’t put it down and finished it at 4:30 AM!! LOL!!
  • Fast-paced Familiarity with Quicker, Spotty Ending

    By ladyk444
    I loved the pace, sweetness of caretaker/child characters, complex racial issues, spot-on modern humor and story twists. The ending was very weak and rushed. The book could of ended when she left the Chamberlains house and it would of been a stronger finish.
  • Kept waiting for it to get good

    By GF D
    What a boring book. Black girl nannies for rich white family of which the wife had a high school boyfriend the nanny is dating. Ok. And then...? Nope, that’s it.
  • It was okay

    By TeezyTaughtYou
    The thing that attracted me most to this book was over in the first few pages. Then wondering where it could go I was taken in by the story and character building. However I felt lost in the message, and intentions with the whole babysitter relationship and things felt weird. Ratchet ending when the whole book was on another level. Overly decent book for a distraction read, not much to take from it unless you can't relate to Emira*