Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid

  • Release Date: 2019-12-31
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 2,197 Ratings


A Best Book of the Year:
The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune • NPR Vogue • Elle  Real Simple • InStyle • Good Housekeeping • Parade • Slate  Vox  Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal  BookPage

Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Reese's Book Club Pick 

"The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly

"I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." --NPR

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

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," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.


  • Expected More

    By Hfgbudtggdygvg
    The writing was good but the story was just meh. Felt like it was building and building to little payoff.
  • Relatable

    By Tori V. ✨
    Honestly anyone who has been a babysitter is going to relate so much to this book. The relationship between ‘Mira and Briar is so precious. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because the ending felt a little rushed. But overall, I’ve never been able to relate so well to a character like I was able to relate to Emira!
  • Well written

    By MixonAdm
    I thoroughly enjoyed he book and the author did a fantastic job of covering every base and leaving no stone unturned. Marvelous!
  • Not as great as I’d hoped

    By BrittBrittLew
    Very flat and boring.
  • Fun Age

    By YayaNetski
    Didn’t know anything about this book. It has an interesting premise I could relate to many aspects. Characters were interesting.
  • It’s aight

    By AlSwasho
    The ending was meh
  • There’s only one reason I kept reading!

    By Donnushka
    If this is the kind of poorly written sophomoric trash that graduates of the Iowa Writer’sWorkshop are turning out, heaven help us! Every turn of events was predictable. And the dialogue, a complete embarrassment and condescension, bordering on racial stereotyping. I only kept reading because the book was a gift from a relative I love and respect. There’s no telling, I guess, for taste.
  • Ehh

    By dest185
    It was a surface scratcher. Reid opened up a lot of conversations that were never finished or developed really. I finished without feeling connected to the characters or their stories. It takes a VERY long time to get to the point and there really isn’t a solid point.
  • Great read!

    By BeLove204
    This is one of my favorite books of 2020!
  • Great read

    By ChuckBass10
    Easy, enlightening read