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Such a Fun Age af Kiley Reid
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Such a Fun Age (udgave 2021)

af Kiley Reid (Forfatter)

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Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things 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.… (mere)
Medlem:phyllis.shepherd
Titel:Such a Fun Age
Forfattere:Kiley Reid (Forfatter)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2021), 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:To Read, For Later shelf

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Such a Fun Age af Kiley Reid

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Well, this was a light read, indeed. The pages flew by and I felt entertained but, sadly, on a very, very shallow level despite the topics of racism, privilege and “class” differences. After a rushed ending, it feels like the author simply bit off too much for her debut novel.

Emira, our black protagonist, came across as devoid of any ambition, drifting mostly with the flow. She works for white influencer Alix Chamberlain and her husband, Peter. Yes, she loves her charge, young Briar - Alix’ and Peter’s first child - but even with Briar, Emira mostly remains strangely indifferent.

Alix’ and Emira’s girlfriends are also rather nebulous figures who seem to merely exist as inconsequential side-kicks of the respective protagonist. They could have taken clearer roles in this novel but as it is, they remain “filling” material and mostly merely reflect their friend.

The self-deceiving schemer Alix is written to be annoyingly over-the-top: While her actions still remain this side of plausibility, her motivations and justifications are way beyond - her “ruined” senior year is sixteen years in the past.

In Alix’ self-perception she would long have risen above Kelley Copeland: a career, a merry band of adoring and cheering girlfriends at her beck and call, a very white husband, two children (one of whom she likes…) - in Alix’ bubble that would allow her to just write a Kelley Copeland gracefully off.

All in all, “Such a Fun Age” was an amusing read but it’s leaving a rather bland taste because from all the ambitious topics nothing is truly looked into and, thus, the real issues remain unresolved.

Three out of five stars.


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  philantrop | Sep 14, 2021 |
I wanted to like this book more, but I genuinely couldn't stand some of the characters - which I get is the point of the book - so that's more on me than the author. Emira is a 25 year old who doesn't quite know what she wants in life. She's stuck babysitting and typing and trying to scrape up enough money to party with her girlfriends. When Mrs. Chamberlain, her white employer, calls her late one night for an emergency session, Emira leaves the club and agrees to take their toddler to the local grocery store to kill some time. While they are walking around the high end grocery store looking at all the nuts and fruits and things that toddlers love, a security guard stops them, convinced that Emira is kidnapping a white child. The whole uncomfortable experience is recorded on a do gooder's phone who wants Emira to release it and get the racist security fired. Told alternately between Emira and Mrs. Chamberlain - this story is about fresh chances, growing up, and "doing the right thing." It's also a piercing commentary of white saviors and duplicity. ( )
  ecataldi | Sep 9, 2021 |
I loved this book and how it went about the dynamics of white privilege, race, class and money. Definitely made me question how the world is, even which a fiction book, it felt like I was there watching it all unfold. A fiction book about race and class that enlightens you as to how different things are for different races and classes still but through a lighthearted story as a pose to the heavier books on race and inequality ( )
  Atalanta_Tolputt | Sep 6, 2021 |
I listened to the audiobook. I love the book, and the narrator was exceptional. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
3,5 Sterne

Ich hatte ein wenig mehr erwartet von diesem Buch. Dachte, es geht tiefer rein in das Thema Rassismus und weiße Privilegien. Herausgekommen ist ein Buch, was dafür aber etwas zu sehr an der Oberfläche bleibt. Ein Unterhaltungsroman im besten Sinne (wenn man böse wäre, könnte man sagen, er kratzt manchmal etwas an der Grenze zur sogenannten "chick-lit", obwohl ich dieses Label nicht wirklich mag), mit Charakteren die ab und zu ein wenig zu klischeehaft daherkommen. Auf der einen Seite Alix als Karrikatur der weißen, reichen Influencerin, die "das Richtige" tun möchte indem sie ihrem schwarzen Kindermädchen "hilft", dabei im Grunde aber nur an sich selbst denkt. Auf der anderen Seite Emira, das Kindermädchen, die als College-Absolventin mit Mitte 20 noch nicht ihren klaren Weg im Leben gefunden hat. Hinzu kommt Kelley, der eine Beziehung mit Emira beginnt und abstreitet, eine leicht überzogene Bewunderung für schwarze Kulturen bzw. einen "Weißer Retter"-Komplex zu haben. Hinzu kommen die jeweilige Gruppe "bester Freundinnen" von Alix und Emira, die es gut meinen aber nicht immer die besten Ratschläge geben.
Wie gesagt, alles wirklich gut zu lesen (bzw. zu hören), der Roman hat mich gut unterhalten, aber er beantwortet keine wichtigen Fragen zum Thema Alltagsrassismus und stellt auch keine neuen. Wer das erwartet, wird vielleicht enttäuscht. Wer einfach nur ein Buch lesen möchte, was gut unterhält, sollte zugreifen.

Das deutsche Hörbuch wurde fantastisch gelesen von Britta Steffenhagen, die jederzeit den richtigen Ton trifft. ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
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Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, 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 things 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.

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