Community Book Review: Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age was our July 2020 General Track read and one of our most popular reads of the book club thus far! Kiley Reid discusses the racism and microaggressions experienced by a young woman Black woman who babysits for a “well-meaning” white family. Morgan Holloman-Bryant, a member of the #SmartBrownGirl Cohort, drafted the syllabus as part of our book club commitment to provide access across knowledge bases.

Here is what our SBG members had to say:

Such a Fun Age ReviewMy rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have to admit, when I first read the synopsis for this book which was recommended to me by @the.storygraph I thought “ABSOLUTELY NOT” I do not want to read another story about a racist being recorded or police brutality and I actually deleted it from my recommended reads list 🙈. I decided to read this after joining @smartbrowngirls book club and seeing that it was their July read. I took this as a sign and picked it up from my library @yonkerspubliclibrary. WOW!! I’m so glad I decided to read this. Such a Fun Age is indeed a story about a racist incident being recorded but it is sooo much more than that. This is a story that explores the topics of classism, young adulthood, racism, and interracial dating all while being entertaining and funny. Kiley Reid does a masterful job at showing how these topics show up in everyday situations. I particularly enjoyed how she shows that racism isn’t always being called a slur, but it can be assuming a paternalistic attitude for a Black person, or using Black people as a prop for how woke you are among other things. I really connected to the character Emira, a young Black Woman who is a little confused about what direction her life is going in. I really have zero criticisms for this book. A fantastic debut novel. Congratulations @kileyreid Have you read Such a Fun Age? What did you think? Rosalyn


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