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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 ywbwlffl 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.

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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.