This novel is one of Reese Witherspoon's Book Club picks (others on her list include Little Fires Everywhere, Untamed, and Where the Crawdads Sing), and it has definitely received praise from many other readers with 81% of Google users giving it their approval.
I particularly loved Such a Fun Age because it touched on subjects I know I've heard about, but had never really experienced an insider's perspective. As NPR's review of this novel mentions, the title could be referring to the age of the twenty-something African-American college grad, Emira Tucker, or maybe that of the little girl she babysits, Briar Chamberlain. It could also be a reflection of the time in which the story is set; sometime before 2016.
Regardless, this novel begins with a really intense scene where Emira is accused of kidnapping 2 year-old Briar (who is white) while out one night at a grocery store. The novel then begins to unfold the way in which this situation not only affected Emira, but Alix Chamberlain, Emira's boss and Briar's mother.
As a Mexican-American woman, there were many aspects of Emira's perspective that I understood. But overall, this novel was a vibrant, never-dull learning experience. There were times where I just couldn't believe what was unfolding! I think it took me about a week to read the first half. Then, on one non-eventful Sunday, I laid in bed and finished reading the book.
I could also fully relate to Emira's state of confusion when it came to her career and goals for her future. I know what it's like to be the odd one out in a friend group that is all about career and success. I also know what it's like to be at a crossroads and feel like others are trying to decide your future for you.
Alix Chamberlain's character is probably just as significant in this novel as Emira's. She is also where all of my frustrations were geared towards while reading Such a Fun Age. But, I do believe her character is important to parallel next to Emira's for a perspective that maybe many readers had not thought of previously.
Have you read Such a Fun Age? What were your thoughts on these characters? Did it teach you anything or make you think differently about something?
Thanks for reading!
-The B of V