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Such a Fun Age In The Midst Of A Family Crisis One Late Evening, White Blogger Alix Chamberlain Calls Her African American Babysitter, Emira, Asking Her To Take Toddler Briar To The Local Market For Distraction There, The Security Guard Accuses Emira Of Kidnapping Briar, And Alix S Efforts To Right The Situation Turn Out To Be Good Intentions Selfishly Mismanaged FANTASTIC Wow The writing in this book is so light and breezy and easy to read that it can take a while to appreciate the depths the author takes us to in Such a Fun Age Combine the compelling writing with a cute font on the cover and this book is seriously deceiving You know, this book reminded me of some of the criticisms others and myself had about The Help I feel like I have to be careful here because even now, ten years later, there are people who love that book so much that they kiss it before t Wow The writing in this book is so light and breezy and easy to read that it can take a while to appreciate the depths the author takes us to in Such a Fun Age Combine the compelling writing with a cute font on the cover and this book is seriously deceiving You know, this book reminded me of some of the criticisms others and myself had about The Help I feel like I have to be careful here because even now, ten years later, there are people who love that book so much that they kiss it before they go to bed each night But The Help honestly seemed to me like a way for white folks to make themselves feel better about the way they behaved during Jim Crow segregation Total white lady saviour vibe.This book is like what would have happened if Abilene had called Skeeter out and told her to go be a hero somewhere else Of course, Such a Fun Age is set in 2015 and not the 1960s so the circumstances are different but, alarmingly, not that different.Such a Fun Age is about two women Emira Tucker and Alix Chamberlain Emira is a young black babysitter for the Chamberlains eldest daughter, Briar, and is currently juggling two jobs as she struggles to pay rent, keep her healthcare, and figure out what she wants to do with her life Alix Chamberlain is a wealthy white blogger and minor social media celebrity who battles doubts and insecurities, all while on the surface maintaining a facade that she has everything she ever wanted.When Emira is stopped by a security guard at a fancy grocery store and accused of kidnapping Briar, everything changes The moment is caught on camera and, though Emira is determined to forget all about it, both Alix and the bystander who filmed it want to make things right and get justice for Emira It s a very engaging contemporary novel with a lot of nuance Though it is clearly a critique of white saviours , Reid is careful not to let the characters fall into one dimensional stereotypes She uses these fully fleshed out characters to explore the way well meaning white people often overstep and actually make black people s lives harder Protecting and helping as a means of control is nothing new, but the author really shines a light on the way white liberals use these words to take over situations and narratives.Plus it s also just a really great story about two very different women, all their quirks and habits, and what happens when their lives intersect.The only thing that was a little disappointing was the way it ended view spoiler Alix was such a complex, flawed and misguided character throughout, so it was a shame to see the ending destroy her characterization Especially the flashback where she discovered the letter and decided to lie about it I thought it was smarter, and truer, to paint her as someone who thought she was helping even when she was being selfish It weakened the story s power when she was reduced to a scheming villain, in my opinion hide spoiler Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Wow Okay I don t know what I have to feel about this book Did I like it Mostly I did But as soon as I finish, I felt like something missing Maybe I didn t like how the things ended for the characters and I wished alternate solutions for their stories I enjoyed the writing and intercepted lives of two female protagonists, the development and progression, objective and genuine approach of racism, diversity, hypocritical attitudes of the people At the end of the story I lost my love for Ali Wow Okay I don t know what I have to feel about this book Did I like it Mostly I did But as soon as I finish, I felt like something missing Maybe I didn t like how the things ended for the characters and I wished alternate solutions for their stories I enjoyed the writing and intercepted lives of two female protagonists, the development and progression, objective and genuine approach of racism, diversity, hypocritical attitudes of the people At the end of the story I lost my love for Alixa and wanted to kick her ass so bad and shook Emira s shoulders so hard to force her get a grip I still stick with 3.5 stars and of course I will round them up to 4 because the story really got imprinted on my mind and I wanted to learn what s gonna happen , how the interwoven relationship dynamics will change the characters lives and what kind of revelations will come out.So we have a privileged, wealthy, blogger Alixa Chamberlain, living her dream life but it s still something missing about her She s insecure, not quite satisfied with her new appearance after having her new baby, questioning her life choices Our other protagonist Emira Tucker, nanny correction babysitter as Alixa calls he, making her wear a uniform, yes like younger version of Viola Davis from Help movie of Alixa s elder daughter Briar, trying so hard to make her ends meet by working at two jobs and pushing hard to pay her rent and keep her health insurance One day, at eleven p.m Alixa calls Emira urgently to take her daughter to the grocery store Awkward request alert Of course nothing good will come out after strange demands So Emira leaves her friends, still wearing her party clothes and a little tipsy to help her employers but surprisingly security guard at the grocery store interrogates her and gets suspicious that she kidnapped Briar As soon as Alixa s husband Peter arrives to the store, the problem solves and Emira wants to forget all of this humiliated misunderstanding even though somebody filmed everything to make things right and emailed the video to her Then that somebody from the grocery store runs into Emira at the train a good looking, tall, witty man named Kelley and they start to see each other So as you may imagine even the one of the worst nights of her life helps her to meet with her new boyfriend But well this coincidental beginning and her humiliating experience will be the key of Pandora s box and helps all hell breaks loose It will affect both of Emira and Alixa s lives.Alixa is selfish, insecure and a little immature character Most of the book I loved her craziness, her passionate approach to Emira which makes her cross the line between protectiveness and obsessiveness But at the end some big revelations about her made me lose my sympathy for the character and as some parts I found Emira, a little lost, aimless, confused If she was younger than 25, I may understand how she lost the tracks of her own life or if there was any tragic background story tells that why she prefers only existing instead of finding her passion about life.Overall I loved the pure, objective, riveting writing style and the author s approach to the sensitive matters I partly loved the characters and their relationship dynamics, the big revelations and the story s direction after everything is getting out of control Only thing I didn t like the conclusions of characters stories But this is still interesting, fast pacing and promising reading I m happy to start the year by finishing this reading So yes it may be considered as a winner bloginstagramfacebooktwitter find this review others on my blog Such a Fun Age is a novel that disheartened me even if it didn t surprise me Something akin to relief gusted through my room like a warm front when I finished it not because it was an unpleasant read though it does depict many unpleasant moments but because the story often wound up my feelings to the highest point of second hand embarrassment that it felt like a huge weight slid down my shoulders when it was all over.Narratives about race and privile find this review others on my blog Such a Fun Age is a novel that disheartened me even if it didn t surprise me Something akin to relief gusted through my room like a warm front when I finished it not because it was an unpleasant read though it does depict many unpleasant moments but because the story often wound up my feelings to the highest point of second hand embarrassment that it felt like a huge weight slid down my shoulders when it was all over.Narratives about race and privilege are not unfamiliar literary fodder, but in her novel, Reid demonstrates a remarkable insight by taking on the monumental challenge of revealing the state of America through what she called the everyday domestic biases that we don t even know we have Reid s exploration is a fresh and interesting look at the uneasy performance of wokeness a paper thin tissue of a word, so conspicuous that it now immediately breeds distrust.At the outset of the novel, Emira Tucker, a young black woman, is accosted by a security guard in an upscale grocery store in Philadelphia and accused of kidnapping the white toddler she s babysitting The scene is unnerving, devastating, and all too familiar, but rather than dwell on the racial and political implications of this terrible, defining incident, Reid almost speeds through it, and so does Emira, who chooses to give the whole affair the shake of the head it deserves, like putting the whole night in a museum removed, too soon forgotten and turns her mind to the farpreoccupying matter of her inching closer to her 25th birthday and towards the inevitability of being kicked out of her parents health insurance.The author s choice, however, doesn t make these details any less affecting, and suggests them, instead, as an essential context for the relationship residing at the heart of the novel between Emira and her employer, Alix Chamberlain, a white wealthy influencer who built a flowering career writing letters, an endeavor that later carried her forward into a disappointing, grown up, settled existence in Philadelphia.Reid s novel is smartly and solidly told her prose is incisive and lived in, as though carefully culled from years of listening in on private conversations But the book s biggest triumph is the way the author hides barbed, little truths in her otherwise lightweight yarns while still conveying a clear headed message, as permeable as sandstone.As it happens, if lack of subtlety was a recognized art, Alix Chamberlain would have museum exhibits in her honor Alix feels that she has earned her woke badge, and prides herself on that fact, but after the incident at the supermarket, she decides to wake the fuck up and get to know Emira better This wake up call is followed by an urge to announce her newly invigorated self awareness to Emira, hoping for recognition, some kind of affirmation of the work she has done on herself She wants Emira to know that one of Alix s closest friends was also black That Alix s new and favorite shoes were from Payless, and only cost eighteen dollars That Alix had read everything that Toni Morrison had ever written Alix s sudden warmth, which seemed to presume upon some happy old intimacy she and Emira did not share, throws Emira into awkwardness Her well meaning words and best efforts which often made me cringe with a sharpness that was almost pain to cultivate an image of herself as being politically aware quickly turn into empty puffs of air Too caught in the weave of her fumbling attempts at identifying with Emira even going as far as peering on the notifications displayed on the lock screen of Emira s phone, mining for answers about her social life Alix is incognizant of her own remarkable lack of self awareness After all, outside the oleaginous remarks and overtly friendly behavior, there remained the central idea that Alix just didn t want Emira to quit her job.Reid s subtle evisceration of these woke wannabes every person of color will undoubtedly recognize in the deftly rendered characters at least a few people they ve encountered in real life might be evenbracing at close range People love the idea of being woke , even if they don t know what to do with it Even if they only know how to do exactly the wrong thing They want to be considered progressive, and want everyone to know just how progressive they are But these efforts, while they create the illusion of reflectiveness and depth, are in fact brittle and shallow as a mirror Some people do acknowledge the benefits that accrue to them by means of their white privilege, carefully listen, and do their best to amplify the voices of their marginalized counterparts But many utterly fail to recognize the prejudices in themselves, and like Alix, feel compelled, even, to assert a kind of spurious decency they claim to be culturally aware and yet are, sadly, incredibly lacking in self awareness.Though the ending feels abrupt and does not resonate as strongly as the rest of the novel, Such a Fun Age succeeds at the things it sets out to do with brilliance and verve ko fi blog twitter tumblr

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