Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Format: Hardback finished 22 February 2020

Rating 3/5


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.


The book started very strong, I loved the main character Emira, and that she is shown in a situation that is likely possible in the real life. You immediately feel for Emira and this felt like a book that wouldn’t shy away from dealing with the related issues. I felt for her and hoped that this will deal with these issues however, it focused on issues you’d expect in a YA.

There are some great characters especially Briar and Emira and I loved the relationship between them. You could very easily picture the two of them in your head. Alix was a horrible person, and I think Kelley was meant to be a hated character but I think he was lacking – I didn’t feel anything for him either way. The opening scene in a supermarket where Emira is accused of taking a child which will make terrific viewing if there is a TV or film adaptation of this book.

For me, this was an interesting book but not an outstanding one.

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