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Such a fun age

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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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Such a fun read. submitted by AGAPHD on June 13, 2020, 7:48pm Loved this -- sharply observed characters and an engaging plot. A fun, fairly quick read.

Great book submitted by russelan on June 19, 2020, 12:47pm This was so good. It sucked me in from the beginning. I loved Emira and her friend group. This book explored important topics in a way that was easy to read but sometimes difficult to digest.

Super good submitted by kirterry on June 19, 2020, 9:19pm This book blew me away. Yes, one of the main plot drivers involves a far, far-fetched coincidence, but for me the book was more about character development. There are laser sharp observations about -- above all -- race, privilege, and class, but also social media culture, post-college indecision, friendship, and the idiosyncrasies of life with a toddler.

Witty ... and somewhat awkward of a Social Satire submitted by sVfGI7Glt2pz7GZgVB90 on July 14, 2020, 7:39am A humorous, fast-paced social satire about privilege in America. When 25-year-old college graduate with no real future Emira Tucker is mistakenly accused of kidnapping a child in her care, a series of events unfurls raising questions about class, race, parenthood and morality.

The ending is absurd ... as if the author got bored or just wanted to end the distress of the book. Very superficial overall.

Doesn't Stick the Ending submitted by evelyn on August 3, 2020, 9:52am I liked this book and thought it was funny and smart. But like the above reviewer said, the ending just didn't work. It was so abrupt I actually flipped to the afterword, expecting more. I liked the characters but found that Alix became more and more one dimensional as the book went on, which wore on me. Overall, it was a quick and engaging read and I'm glad I read it, but don't expect amazing things from the ending.

Amazing submitted by nmrhoads on July 21, 2021, 8:03am This was so good. I couldn’t put it down in the second half. It honestly was a little suspenseful or maybe I was just really into it.

Great for seeing the world from other perspectives submitted by Susan4Pax -prev. sueij- on June 11, 2022, 10:53pm This book is brilliantly written and told, sharing the story of a 20-something Black woman who babysits a fantastic little human, the oh-so-progressive-and-thinks-she’s-enlightened rich White mom, and the White boyfriend with the fascinating crossover history. Wonderful side characters abound adding humor, perspective, and depth to the story. It’s a great book for seeing the world from other’s viewpoints, and I must admit that one of those viewpoints drove me crazy. (I don’t read a certain style of book because I deliberately want a more diverse reading pile than that!) But in the end, it was exactly the worldviews of each character that made the whole of the story come together into the great climax that it did.

Smooth and Engaging submitted by aklisz on July 9, 2022, 11:39pm The writing style of this book felt so unique and captivating. The plot moves at a great pace and reads really easily. Unlike a few of the other reviewers, I found the ending scene to be really enjoyable and a well-connected conclusion to the story.

pretty :) submitted by graytabby on August 7, 2022, 8:36pm it was such a great read, cover to cover.

Excellent submitted by leah karr on August 11, 2022, 10:26pm Fast moving, thought-provoking, emotional and wonderful

Just didn’t love it submitted by courtneyhooper on August 12, 2022, 11:58pm I couldn’t tell if it’s because I’m a mother or old and cranky but I just thought it felt brittle. Angry and fragile in a way I couldn’t understand

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PUBLISHED
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
Year Published: 2019
Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780525541905
052554190X

SUBJECTS
Babysitters -- Fiction.
Malicious accusation -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
African American women -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.