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Summary

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

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

The instant Sunday Times and New York Times best seller.

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 the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know – about themselves, each other and the messy dynamics of privilege.

A Reese Witherspoon and Zoella Book Club Pick.

A Times, Stylist, Elle, Glamour and BBC Best Book of 2020

©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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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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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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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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Very Thought Provoking

So much to unpack in this story, sometimes it overtly confronts issue and sometimes it simmers in the background. Very intruiging, and the more I think about the purpose of the title, the more I love it. However, I wasn't a fan of the writing/storytelling and whilst most of the characters were fully fleshed and amazing, some were underdeveloped imo.

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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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Great book, important content and strong performance

This book is one of the most important books you should be listening to. The story of Emira and her interactions with a white family whilst she babysits for three year old Briar and the everyday racism she encounters makes you really think. However it’s also a really fun book with a lighthearted tone which covers other important themes like money between friends and struggling to get started in your twenties. It doesn’t seem to make any real judgement about the characters in the book which seems to leave it open to interpretation and as such is more realistic.

The book is narrated perfectly and every character is given a well chosen and delivered voice. Perfect. I recommend it!

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I stuck with it, but not sure why!

This rambled on relentlessly, and I guess I stuck with it to see what happened to the child, but it really didn't move me AT ALL!

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Such a shallow plot

This debut novel from American author Kiley Reid starts promisingly enough with a black woman who is accused by a security guard of kidnapping a white child in an upmarket grocery store. Most of the rest of the book considers the aftermath of this event and, in addition, there is a fairly far fetched coincidence regarding the previous relationships of two of people involved. The characters are well defined and issues of race and privilege are tactfully tackled. For me though, there simply was not a strong enough story line to warrant the plaudits that this book has received and I was hoping that this was going to be much better than it was.

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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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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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  • 23-02-20

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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  • 11-07-21

Brilliant

I could not stop listening to this incredible book. It not only kept me captivated, but sparked many reflections. Highly highly recommend.

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  • Jamie Holton
  • 20-06-21

Great narrator!

The narrator definitely made the story come to life, she added the emotion, the drama, and the humour that the story called for. Would recommend!

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  • Jess
  • 31-01-21

Meh

This book gets a big old ‘meh’ from me. I wanted to like it, and at times I did. But, mostly, I found the story and what it was trying to achieve (a narrative around white privilege and race) clunky and clumsy.

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  • Bookworm
  • 20-09-20

Incredible!

After hearing rave reviews of this book, I found it impossible to put down and raced through it in a day. Absolutely loved it!

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  • 19-07-20

Excellent narration

Quite easily the best narration I have listened to. Nicole Lewis is genius. A great listen.

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  • Rochelle James
  • 21-03-20

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?