First of all, happy new year! Last year was a great year in terms of books and reading – I read over 100 books all from different genres and new and established authors. I also took part in book prizes this year more than before and that was a great way to read books I wouldn’t usually read and something I want to carry on this year. But now, it’s my first review of the year… the brilliant Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid – already one of the most talked about books of the year.
I’ve had my eyes on this book for a long time. I just love the cover and I found the buzz surrounding this book really exciting. But first, what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:
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.
It doesn’t reveal much but I think that’s a good way to go into this book – not knowing much about the plot and just going in blind and enjoy the twists and turns as they come. As I’ve already mentioned, this is a book that has generated a lot of buzz lately and it looks like it’s not going to quiet down anytime soon. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a great book with wonderful characters and exploring important themes that need to be talked about such as race and privilege.
Reid is a wonderful new writer, her writing feels like a breath of fresh air. It’s punchy, it’s pacy and immensely readable and has a lot of heart in it, too. The characters, especially Alix and Emira, are brilliantly written and well-rounded characters. I loved the relationship dynamic between those two characters and I found every other character in the ensemble also felt well-rounded and realistic. It’s a wise book with a lot of love, important themes and ideas at play with a great new voice in fiction.
For me, it felt a bit flat in the middle but it didn’t ruin my experience of the book for me. It has the same buzz as Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams had last year as well as Sally Rooney in showing new voices in fiction and writing immensely readable books but not shying away from important themes. But, for me, it reminded me a lot of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere in the relationship between Alix/Emira reminded me of the central relationship in Little Fires Everywhere and their exploration of privilege. But I think Such A Fun Age is a more readable book and I enjoyed it more, too. I can’t wait to see Such A Fun Age adapted into a film and see these characters and stories come to life.
One of the biggest books of the year and we’re only in January. If you’re looking for a great, new fresh voice in fiction, look no further. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
Did you enjoy Such A Fun Age? Let me know in the comments!