Such a Fun Age is all the rage (no rhyme intended) these days. The novel packs a story of backstabbing and coming of age amongst heavier topics of race, class, and gender.
The novel follows Emira, a recent graduate of Temple University with a degree in English Literature. Emira is somewhat disappointed to find her only position after college to be a babysitting gig for Briar, the daughter of Alix Chamberlain. Alix runs a “female empowerment” brand called Let Her Speak. Alix is obsessed with own influence and blind to her disregard for the actual humans around her. With this character, Kiley Reid pokes fun at white female influencers who proclaim their own “wokeness” while continuing to uphold their privilege over others.
The story begins when Emira is stopped by a security guard who doubts that she’s actually a babysitter, and accuses her of trying to kidnap Briar. A bystander videotapes the encounter. His name is Kelly, and, after Emira begs him to delete the video, they begin a romantic relationship. But Kelly has secrets of his own. After the video mysteriously resurfaces, tensions rise to the surface and erupt on a televised interview.
This was a quick, intense read. It was well-written and contained nuanced, detailed characters. This was a really great read for our times, and a way to change our perspectives on the beliefs and positions we’ve held to be the norm.
Rating: 4/5 stars