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Such a Fun Age

Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, read by Nicole Lewis.  

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection between them that threatens to undo them both.  

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with a ‘personal brand’ and the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.  

But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. When she meets someone from Alix’s past, the two women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know - about themselves, each other and the messy dynamics of privilege.

©2020 Kiley Reid (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The first time in a long time that I had a novel glued to my hands for two days." (Jessie Burton) 

"Sharp and observant and pacey. Will have the same impact as Sally Rooney." (Pandora Sykes)  

"A book that is clever, funny and shrewd, written by an author whose empathy can make you weep and smile, sometimes at the same time. A beautiful tale of how we live now." (Elizabeth Day) 

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Disappointing

I was considering returning this after a couple of hours & wouldn't have missed anything if I had. I spend life avoiding characters like Alix & disappointed to listen to anything like her character traits. A grown woman with a family still banging on about her high school boyfriend?!? Seriously. The child voice used was really, really annoying. Being Australian the story & racism storyline did not resonate at all with me.

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  • Jen
  • 19-01-2020

Loved it.

Great story, very well narrated, flawed but well depicted characters. Highly recommend. Hard to put down.

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loved this book

Thanks Hello Sunshine for the book of the mo nth tip. Please do read this.

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  • Molooeee
  • 16-01-2020

Fun, light but filled with deep meaning!

I loved this; I found the black women familiar, and I love how Reid explored the beauty and complexities of black female friendships.
This storyline is so smart: the exploration of the white/black paid services dynamic was so powerful!
Finally, the dialogue is so funny and well written!

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  • Judimaxx
  • 13-01-2020

Great read characters and story

Characters are not what you would expect and the story has a reasonabke voice. I got a little bored of the race comparisons and mummy /kid dialogue but simple story of coming of age and social expectation.

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  • Marianne Thomson
  • 13-01-2020

Couldn’t put it down

Excellent and totally absorbing. I finished the whole thing in 3 days and couldn’t put it down

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  • L. Matthews
  • 11-01-2020

Superb listen

Intelligent and intuitive, completely engaging. Must read. Excellent performance. Great characters. Well paced. Incredible debut.

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  • Tsundoko and Tea
  • 10-01-2020

doesn't live up to the hype

Wow, I think I’m in the minority here having seen such good reviews! This was boring! I kept going expecting something to happen but it never really came!

Alix is a really intolerable woman! I ended thinking what an arsehole she was!!

Kelley was totally unbelievable as a 32-year-old man and if I ever met a man that acted and spoke like that when I was 25 I’d have been like ‘Thank you, next!’

The best thing about this book was the relationship between Emira and Briar and Emira and her fab girlfriends!

I totally get the intention of the book but it wasn’t entertaining as a novel

The narration was great though!

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  • the typist
  • 11-01-2020

Insightful and engaging

The hype heaped upon this book meant it fell well below my expectations. Comparisons to Sally Rooney are misguided and actually do the writer a disservice. Rooney captures souls and spirits in the slightest of stories, Kiley Reid on the other hand brings us a multilayered, super woke tale that is efficient rather than effortless. The story is, however, very engaging and the various characters captured brilliantly.

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  • Sarah H
  • 09-01-2020

Brilliant

I started this book as soon as I received it and basically could not put it down. When I had to re-engage with my life I bought the Audible book so that I could continue reading when driving, working, cooking... you get the idea. It was harrowing and eye-opening at times, funny and warm, and shocking and thought-provoking.
The characters are likeable (most of the time) but at all times realistic and flawed. They all make poor decisions and all work from their own truth.
The main character, Emira needs all the help she can get in the adulting side of her life but her core is strong and likeable - you root for her and cheer for her.
Her relationship with the little Briar is testament to her warmth, she was born to be a teacher (my opinion).
Her relationship with Alix is odd from the start but that falls under Alix’s weirdness, not Emira - definite white privilege issues and it gets more and more apparent that Alix has big issues stemming from highschool.
Emira’s love interest Kelley plays into all the stereotypes and there are some moments of bliss and then the red flags come up. Honestly, I rooted for them, I am an idealist...
The summation is good and you get a neat and tidy ending after a tumultuous event filled book.
Side note: loved the flashback to Alix’s teenage days and her virginity story which included two of my favourite musical tracks by The Counting Crows - ’Colorblind’ and ’A Long December’ - such a great moment of nostalgia!

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