By Kiley Reid
Published December 21,2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Alix 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 quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So 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 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.
This book wasn't even on my list until Reese Witherspoon selected it as her January book club pick. I'm so glad I read it! I was hooked into the story right from the first few pages--the book opens up at the scene where Emira is in the grocery store with the Chamberlain's daughter and gets accused of kidnapping her. This book is so thought provoking right from the very beginning and you really feel for Emira and think about how you would feel in her situation.
The book switches between Emira and Alix's perspectives, and despite the serious topics, the book is witty, funny, well written, and entertaining. I loved Alix's daughter, Briar--she definitely provided some entertainment throughout the book. Though I wasn't a fan of Alix as a character, the story was so engaging that I couldn't put it down. The characters were well developed, multi dimensional, and real. This was an excellent debut novel from Kiley Reid, and I really look forward to reading more from her in the future!