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Such a Fun Age
Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
'Kiley Reid is the writer we need now' CHLOE BENJAMIN, AUTHOR OF THE IMMORTALISTSWhat happens when you do the right thing for the wrong reason? 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 awkwardness 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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NikkiCureton
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I‘m sure I‘m late to the party on this one, but I‘m glad I finally got to it. Liked the writing and found the start interesting, compelling. 🎧

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Karons1
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Joint winner of my favourite 🤩 book of 2021 #favouritereadsof21

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Maresa
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Really engaging book that I struggled to put down until I finished the book! The author presents the power dynamics of race, wealth age alongside the emotional conflicts in a way that I very much related to and have also never read in a book before.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍 I really enjoyed this one 3w
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Bookpearl
Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Peppermint bark and reader socks for the win on this chilly Sunday. My read for this evening is our monthly Book Pearl pick titled Such a Fun Age by @kileyreid and curious to see how it will end. What are you guys reading on this chilly Sunday? #suchafunage #kileyreid #peppermintbark #readingsocks #pearlspick #bookpearls

JamieArc Those socks look so cozy! 2mo
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Bookpearl
Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Tapping back into my bookclub pick and following the motto of the mug for the rest of the evening while praying to the snow Gods!

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Rachel.Rencher
Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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I DEVOURED this book. I started it last night and I've got about 50 pages left. Also, I had to coordinate my mug with the cover since I've been enjoying it so much. 😂💕

Happy Sunday, everyone!

marleed Perfect book-mug experience! 2mo
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KadeLexical
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We need to have a word for when you pick up a book and it lines up uncannily with real life. I read this book around Thanksgiving and it was perfect. Good premise executed in a great way, with intense twists and engaging characters.

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Lucy_Anywhere
Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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#TBRPile 📚 That night, when Mrs Chamberlain called, Emira could only piece together the words “…take Briar somewhere…” and “…pay you double…”.

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Bookish_Gal
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Mehso-so

So much drama. Oh my gosh. That was before thanksgiving. The story pivoted quickly between centering around Emira to Alix. Black nanny to white mother. So much going on so quick didn‘t give a lot of time to process. I didn‘t really relate to any of them, but each perspective of the two ladies was was stark in how they live. Lot of underlying issues being suppressed that affected the characters present decisions. Good for a new perspective

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CuriousG
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Really enjoyed this one. I loved that it managed to walk the line between light moments and really serious topics that would be great for discussion. Not sure if it will hit my reread list at any point, but it was definitely worth taking the time to read it. 100% recommend!

mom2bugnbee Your dog is precious! I love him/her! 3mo
CuriousG @mom2bugnbee Thank you! He is pretty much always right beside me so he makes it into a lot of my pictures. 😊 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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November's Bingo Board 💃💃💃

I'm not posting October's because (again) it looks very unimpressive 😅 Looking forward to reading a lot of these. Wish me luck!

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CuriousG
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Been debating whether or not to buy this one for quite some time, but finally stumbled across it at a thrift store for $2. Score! The pup approves of the first 50 pages - can't wait to keep reading!

EvieBee I love finds like that! 😍 3mo
CuriousG @EvieBee Me too! I was both shocked and excited when I also saw two different copies of Beloved by Toni Morrison at the same thrift store. I already have two copies so didn't buy them, but was excited for whoever picks them up and gets to experience it for the first time! 3mo
EvieBee I know exactly what you mean, although I‘ve been known to buy books I already own lol! Book collector problems. 3mo
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RedxoHearts So cute! 3mo
CuriousG @RedxoHearts That is Meelo - he's my reading buddy. He requires a lot of human attention so he is generally stuck to me like glue every moment that he's not outside playing 😊 3mo
RedxoHearts Aw my mini dachshund is that way as well. I call her my shadow dog. The other two prefer their space though 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Here's my #bookspin bingo for November @TheAromaofBooks

I was planning (hoping) to attempt NaNoWriMo this year and also planning (contemplating) a road trip to see my friends in the North West later on in the month. I'm not sure how much of anything will go ahead as I'm feeling like complete crap...

So either I'll be busy, or I won't be up to much next month. Reading (either way) is likely to be sparse!

I'm still going to play though! ❤

Mandoul Hope you're feeling up to those things when the time comes! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Hopefully you feel better soon!!! 3mo
vivastory I hope you feel better! 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Mandoul @TheAromaofBooks @vivastory Thank you for the well wishes 💙 3mo
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! 🤒❤️ 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella Thank you, Ruth 😊💙 3mo
DaveGreen7777 Sorry you‘re not feeling well. 😔 Hope you feel much better soon. Sending positive energy your way! 🙏 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Thank you, Dave ❤ 3mo
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Chars
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Mehso-so
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Eggs
Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Mehso-so

This is my #doublespin book. I had no expectations going in. The white mom character was annoying and immature. It was hard to believe any of the characters and I didn‘t like the stereotypes

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Smartypants @Eggs totally agree. I had heard good things about this book but found it difficult to connect to it. It was almost a DNF for me. 4mo
Graywacke An odd Booker list selection. (I compared in my head to a sitcom episode.) 4mo
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 4mo
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks Yeah. I was seeing it all over Litsy so I thought I‘d try it...🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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Amabear
Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID

It starts out so fun. The characters are lovable, and then as their flaws are uncovered you are slapped with your own choices. To support them? To love them? To despise them for their actions? Very intense subjects hidden under a playful story. Very easy to apply to the real world. An important complex book that‘s easy to read. I‘d love to shake hands with the author of this one. The audio book was excellently read.

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bridgetross
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Long listed for the 2020 Booker Prize, this book is about race and class. It was not predictable and the characters stayed true throughout the story.

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Maallen
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Read this book super fast after buying it impulsively…made for a super interesting vacation read.

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Natharper99
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I was able to finish this book in a day, which is fast for me! I was mad at each character at least once in the book, which kept me engaged with the story.

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bekakins
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Really enjoyed this! Light in tone and an easy read but covering some pretty serious subjects and very thought provoking. Also included some really cringey ‘white woman‘ moments which made for pretty uncomfortable reading!

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BekaReid
Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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I stumbled across this short story by Kiley Reid and now need to check it out.

Cathythoughts Oh I‘d like to check that out too ! I loved tagged book 6mo
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Karmapen
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Hard to root for anyone in this book, but I really enjoyed it.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed it too 👏🏻 6mo
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Kathfidler
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I loved the concept of this book, it just didn‘t read well for me.

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3DClark3
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7.13.21 “That night, when Mrs. Chamberlain called, Emira could only piece together the words ‘take Briar somewhere…‘ and ‘…pay you double.‘”

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JillR
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This is so good. It‘s so easy to read that at first you float through it, then the reality of what‘s going on starts to hit home. A book where as soon as you finish you want to go find every interview the author has given and just soak up all the nuances you may have missed. I started it thinking it was predictable, but my goodness I was wrong! Another great read.

charl08 Sold! 7mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I loved this one 7mo
JillR @charl08 it‘s a good one! 7mo
JillR @cathythoughts me too, and I read it in a day which is very unlike me! 7mo
Moray_Reads This one ended up not being quite what I expected but it was very well done, a brilliant take-down of ally-ship Vs white-saviorism/fetishization 7mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This wasn‘t what I was expecting but it was really good. Loved the ending!

#doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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TamTracy
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I absolutely loved this book. The audiobook was amazing. The author tackles very important and relevant social issues and remains very entertaining while doing so. I also like that everything is not always tied up in a nice little box such is real life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed too👍🏻❤️ 7mo
ChristinasBookChronicles Is the audio book read by the author? I read the physical book but still enjoyed it. ❤ 7mo
TamTracy @ChristinasBookChronicles Nonit wasn‘t narrates but the author but she did a great job. 7mo
ChristinasBookChronicles @TamTracy that's what matters! Happy reading! 7mo
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Peaslady
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Something about this was reminiscent of Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe the white saviour character. But a completely different story and brilliantly written dialogue. I loved how complicated all the characters were and the brutal honesty of their interior monologues. Though was slightly irked by the less nuanced assumption of what it means to be a ‘good mother‘.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I loved this one ... maybe I should try Little Fires then ?! 9mo
Peaslady @Cathythoughts yes, definitely! 9mo
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eanderson
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 Good listen!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 9mo
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swynn
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Mixed feelings. It's about race relations among a white family and the young black woman they hire to watch their child. It intends to examine nuances of racism especially among well-meaning whites and largely succeeds, but I'm uncomfortable with what feels to me like men getting a pass for assumptions and behaviors that women get excoriated for. Which may be part of the point, I suppose.

Angitron You make a good point! I had problems with this one as well. Mine had more to do with the constant centering of Alix when the *intended* purpose of the book was to satirize how white women center themselves in the stories of POC. IMHO there are lots of issues with this one, unfortunately. 9mo
swynn Thanks for that point. (Not surprising I guess that my own attention gravitated to the white dudes ... ) Despite flaws I did appreciate its willingness to address things we avoid saying. Imperfect, but made me think, including thinking about why I found it imperfect. 9mo
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Erinreesor
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Read in 2021

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rebbyj
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Excellent. A great story beautiful nuance.

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Moray_Reads
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Despite hinging on a huge coincidence I really enjoyed this story. It's compulsively readable and full of nuance. Emira is a brilliant main character because her pragmatism and uncertainty make her so believable. I look forward to Reid's next book #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 9mo
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howjessicareads
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Mehso-so

I did it! I finished an #AxeTheStacks book on vacay!

It‘s compulsively readable, and I love/hated how Kelley could see Alix‘s racism, but not his own, and how Alix could see Kelley‘s, but not hers. Kiley Reid did a great job analyzing race in a clever, funny way.

But I found Emira herself super aggravating, and I spent most of the book being embarrassed/annoyed on her behalf.

BookishClaire I hated the coincidence that the plot relies on... 9mo
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howjessicareads
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Some #AxeTheStacks reading and toad-in-the-hole on this lazy Saturday morning! What are you up to today?

Ruthiella Waiting for my coffee to brew. ☕️ I liked Such A Fun Age a lot! Hope you enjoy it too. 😀 9mo
Linsy Oh my goodness, I don't know what either of those things mean, but reading this post brought me such delight! 9mo
howjessicareads Haha @Linsy - I know other people have other names for toad in the hole. Eggy bread? :) 9mo
howjessicareads @Ruthiella well I read 3 chapters and like so far!! 😁 9mo
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Samwise_Gamgee
Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Loving the warm weather. First bundled up beach visit.

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SpookyDonut
Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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I finished Their Eyes Were Watching God last night and immediately jumped into this one for #poppylovesbookclub on facebook. Already 60 pages in. I‘m really enjoying branching out from my usual genres. #suchafunage #kileyreid #ebook #bookclub

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ONH
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This one was a struggle to get through at times— none of the characters spoke to me at all, and some I actively disliked. (I will say that it‘s important to read books whose characters don‘t vibe with us though— how else can we explore another‘s perspective?) I did think the plot was ingeniously crafted and I look forward to whatever Kiley Reid puts out next. Excellent and interesting commentary on what race conflict can mean in suburban America.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I let this book sit with me for a few days before reviewing. Truthfully, I'm still not sure what is nagging me about it. Obviously, it addressed hard truths about race, discrimination, and justice. I appreciate the perspective that Emira provided because it is one I could have never gotten through my own life experience. One thing is for certain, if I'm still thinking about it days later, it's a pick.

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Marzipanskies
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The book stores have re-opened after lockdown here in Germany. Bought the five books on top to celebrate 🎉

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Tiana
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5/10

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Judybskt
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Wow - loved this book. It is going to stay with me for a long time.

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Kshakal
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I was super excited to read this book and I was not disappointed! It explored serious topics like race in a way that everyone can relate! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lizpixie
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Thank you so much @CarolynM for these awesome birthday presents! I‘ve been wanting to read this for ages, the bookmark is gorgeous, I love the kookaburra microfibre cloth(kookas are finally returning to my area after 20yrs), plus that card is beautiful. Much love to you my #litsyangel❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book ❤️ lovely gifts 10mo
Crazeedi That card is beautiful!! 10mo
CarolynM 😘 10mo
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Judybskt
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Up next!! This is my pick for book club for April.
☔️🌷🌞📖

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astash
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Really enjoyed this book. Explores serious issues like race, power and the relationships within them.

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DrLReads
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This book kept me reading until 3am—I simply could not put this book down. A nuanced character study that probes racism, white fragility, white privilege, and classicism.

Cathythoughts It‘s a great page turner 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
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AileenRR
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Fun and easy general fiction. Loved listening to this one 😊

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kirbyb
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not what i expected but overall enjoyed, even if the characters fell a little flat for me