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Such a Fun Age

Autor: Kiley Reid
Sprecher: Nicole Lewis
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 58 Min.
4 out of 5 stars (19 Bewertungen)

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An instant New York Times best seller

A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick

"The most provocative page-turner of the year." (Entertainment Weekly)

"A great way to kick off 2020." (Washington Post)

"I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." (NPR)

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At 25, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family", and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.

©2019 Kiley Reid (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"Reid constructs a plot so beautifully intricate and real and fascinating that readers will forget it’s also full of tough questions about race, class and identity.... With this entertaining novel, Reid subverts our notions of what it means to write about race and class in America, not to mention what it means to write about love. In short, it’s a great way to kick off 2020." (Washington Post)

"A complex, layered page-turner... This is a book that will read, I suspect, quite differently to various audiences - funny to some, deeply uncomfortable and shamefully recognizable to others - but whatever the experience, I urge you to read Such a Fun Age. Let its empathetic approach to even the ickiest characters stir you, allow yourself to share Emira’s millennial anxieties about adulting, take joy in the innocence of Briar’s still-unmarred personhood, and rejoice that Kiley Reid is only just getting started." (NPR)

"Kiley Reid has written the most provocative page-turner of the year.... [Such a Fun Age] nestl[es] a nuanced take on racial biases and class divides into a page-turning saga of betrayals, twists, and perfectly awkward relationships.... The novel feels bound for book-club glory, due to its sheer readability. The dialogue crackles with naturalistic flair. The plotting is breezy and surprising. Plus, while Reid’s feel for both the funny and the political is undeniable, she imbues her flawed heroes with real heart." (Entertainment Weekly)

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mediocre

the narrator's performance was good. The book was easy to listen. However, there wasn't much to the plot itself. I found it rather flat: especially the reveal of the background story felt rushed and anticlimactic.

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Lovely

The performance was alright, I would have preferred the characters' voices and intonation to be a little different, but it is alright as it is too.
!!!!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!

I would've wished for a different ending. It felt flat as if the writer didn't really had time to finished it. It just feels weird for me atm. maybe by the next reading it will feel better, but I thought that it wasn't a fear ending.