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Review: Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age
By Kiley Reid
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780525541905, December 2019, 320pp.

The Short of It:

A slow build but once I got into it it was like a time bomb ready to go off.

The Rest of It:

For once, I read a buzzy book when everyone else was reading it too. Such a Fun Age is making the rounds and getting a lot of praise. It was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and although I’ve not read all of her selections, the ones I have read have been really good. This was no exception.

Emira is at a club celebrating with her friends when her boss calls her to ask if she can possibly watch her daughter due to an emergency. One, it’s late. Two, she’s dressed for the club. Three, she’s been drinking. Although she explains this to her boss, the desperation on the other line wins out.

Minutes later, Emira finds herself with three-year-old Briar in an upscale supermarket checking out the nuts, dancing in the aisle, doing whatever it takes to keep the kid occupied while her mother, Alix, tends to her emergency. Just minutes into their visit, they begin to draw the attention of other shoppers. Emira, a young black woman, and Briar, a young white child, wandering the aisles so late at night seems out of place. So much so, that a security guard begins to question her. Emira explains that she is Briar’s babysitter, which is the truth but she knows how it looks. Things escalate. That is where the story begins.

This is one of those slow-build books. Conflict is everywhere but you know something big is coming and as the story plays out, the one word that comes to mind is EXPLOSIVE. This is a book about race but also fetishsizing race, which I thought was interesting.

Two things stood out for me. One, the story is a little gritty. Not overworked or polished which I liked very much. The author did a good job of portraying each character’s POV. None of these characters are perfect and you won’t find yourself siding with any of them. They all play a role in how the rabbit falls down the hole.  Two, the portrayal of Briar, the young child seemed a little off. She’s critical to the story but her observations were often not believable to me and they took me out of the narrative at times.

However, there is a lot to think about here and you will find yourself eagerly flipping those pages towards the end because it’s like a train wreck and you can’t possibly look away. I wouldn’t say it was a perfect story but I don’t think it was meant to be.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: The Friends We Keep

The Friends We Keep

The Friends We Keep
By Jane Green
Berkley, 9780399583346, June 2019, 384pp.

The Short of It:

A story of friendship and forgiveness and it’s so well done. It will most definitely be on my list of faves at the end of the year.

The Rest of It:

Evvie, Topher, and Maggie met in college and instantly hit it off. Every strength and weakness is known, every fear, every insecurity. Nothing is a secret until one of them makes a grave mistake which threatens the friendship as they know it.

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I have been reading these great books lately about life, and love and friendship and they are just giving me life right now. I love to meet characters that grow. You know what I mean? They start one way, and grow with each page and that is how they are in The Friends We Keep. They mature and age and well, they just seem like people I could easily be friends with which makes me love them more.

Your college years. You will always remember them and in this book, their college years mean so much to them that they don’t know what to do when they don’t have that going for them. They seem a little lost and doubtful about their future adult selves and honestly, who hasn’t been there?

I’ve never read Jane Green before so I can’t compare this book to others she’s written but I CAN tell you that I want to read all her books now. All of them.

The Friends We Keep is a really great read and one that I did not want to end. Find a copy and read it!

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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