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Such a Fun Age

Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (378 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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Meh.

Really didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Characters layered, but story lacked any real punch or real feeling of narrative. Story was dull, quite pointless and while the social commentary was current and quite thoughtful, none of the characters inspired me to really care about them...

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An easy modern read with purpose

The lives of two women from different worlds reveal the subtleties of underlying racial prejudice in a modern American city.
Amira is 25, Alix is 32, both trying to find themselves. Each prides themselves on not being prejudice but inter-racial relationships prove more complex than either expected.
With engaging and likeable characters, you find yourself wondering who is to blame.

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An indescribable story

An indescribable story. The narrative was so enjoyable that it’s powerful undertones crept up on me like a kick in the guts. I found myself feeling mortified, defiant, elated then horrified all within the space of a few pages. It’s not hard to see why this story is so highly recommended.

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Easy Reading , Lighthearted Entertainment

A fun,humorous and entertaining read.
Relatable characters (mostly) and an easy to follow storyline.

Nothing mind blowingly incredible, but an enjoyable quick read.

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Nope. Not a great story. Very wishy washy.

Sorry did I miss the whole point of the story? Everyone remains the same....... It was too jumpy. Great narration though.

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Complete waste of money. Story went NOWHERE. Soooo disappointed.

This story was exciting for the first chapter and then just completely died. I sat painfully through the next long hours waiting for it to get better, but it never did. It just ambled along going NOWHERE. So boring. Such a waste of money!

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Great

Different type of story and very enjoyable. Great narrator. The sort of book you want to keep reading - or listening to. Not predictable so more enjoyable.

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Brilliantly written; brilliantly read

This was such a great book. The characters are so well imagined, and three-dimensional, and messy, and complicated, and I found myself supporting different people at different points. And the issues around race are woven so seamlessly through the piece they never become preachy or didactic.

The narration was fabulous.

This is going into my list of top books of all time, and I'll definitely be rereading it!

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Simple dialogue but complex topic

I’m not sure I enjoyed this book the entire way through. The dialogue can get repetitive. Wow OK! Although the narrator, Nicole Lewis was fantastic. That said, the familiar ‘woke’ characteristics and good intentions gone wrong, make you squirm/cringe with part- disbelief, part-recognition.

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  • H C FRASER-MACKENZIE
  • 23-02-2020

Why did I waste my time?

This took so long to get going/ kept hoping it would improve but now realise there are hours of my life I will never get back.
Themes were promising but it’s juvenile and a boring listen.

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  • Rochelle James
  • 21-03-2020

Loved It

I really enjoyed this story. I listened it in its entirety without putting it down. I would have liked added voices, but the narrator did great. Wonder when we will see the movie on Netflix?

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-2020

Entertaining yet eye opening.

I learned a lot about cultural differences also I enjoyed the way narrator gave soul to characters.

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  • Lucy Bomford
  • 05-02-2020

Really quite dull!

This has such great reviews, but it is a very dull story, nothing much happens, I dont get why people love it so?

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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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  • 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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  • Amy
  • 11-05-2020

Worth a read - I'm still thinking about it

Book starts well, slows down in the middle with some character background and development and speeds up towards the end. worth sticking with it.
I'm struggling to write what I think about this book, it challenges so many things around race and you go between liking and having contempt for some of the characters and back again. The plot twists were pretty predictable but each revealing a new way of considering a situation. I liked the story told from the different perspectives.
As I said, I'm still thinking about this book and haven't yet been able to decide what I feel about the situations and viewpoints expressed.
Ultimately this is what good books are supposed to do!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-2020

Loved this book!!

I loved this book, I really liked the narrator too, especially Bryars voice! the book was funny and the story was interesting and subtly touched on the topic of race (from a US perspective).