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A Book of Black Fetishism

*This is a book review of Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

Quick Facts

Author: Kiley Reid
Release Date: December 31, 2019
Genre: Literary Fiction
Main Characters: Emira & Alix
Number of Pages: 305
SJ Rating: 65%

The Synopsis

On a night out while partying with friends, Emira is called to the Chamberlain household to watch the toddler she babysits, Briar, in hopes of getting her away from a minor crime scene. Little does Emira know that when she takes Briar to Market Depot, she would be accused of committing a crime. The night of September 19th changes the trajectory of Emira’s 25-year-old life, and it’s all thanks to Alix Chamberlain’s obsession.

The Good

This book does a really good job of showcasing the fetishism some white people have with Black people and Black culture. There’s also a decent understanding that Alix’s actions are a result of white guilt, brought on by something that happened in her childhood.

Speaking of Alix, her cracking her big toes on the tile floor was the most random detail, yet I have never felt so seen because I totally do that too. This is the only time I relate to Alix, especially since she becomes our antagonist.

At this current moment, I relate so so so much to Emira with getting a degree and not knowing how to utilize it, working a crappy job in hopes of getting another one but forming unexpected attachments at the current crappy job. Like, when I read, “… she was terrible with money and she’d never had a real job and her life was stuck in a post college mess…” Ouch.

The way Emira [spoiler alert] was so petty and iconic. Then later calling out Alix for being a bad mom, which we see throughout the book… true Queen behavior.

The Bad

In case you haven’t read any of my book reviews before, I love books written in first person. It’s easier to immerse myself in the story and envision what I’m reading. With that being said, I truly believe this book would’ve been a thousand times better written in first person.

Getting to know Alix in chapter two could’ve been a lot shorter, and her reasoning for wanting to get to know Emira, also shared in chapter two, could’ve been a lot better.

There definitely seems to be a big lack of detail in parts of the plot where it is needed most. The author is quick to describe the style of a table and the items sitting on it but will breeze over things pertaining to the actual plot.

The Overall

A coworker swore up and down this book was super good once you got to part three (because this book is split into parts), and I never felt that sentiment about it as I reached the end.

Next book to be read and reviewed: The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

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