This February, Read it Forward editors Abbe, Jess, and Emma plowed through a novel (and former Reese pick) that everyone’s been talking about: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. A striking social satire about race and privilege that shines a searing light on the inexorability of whiteness and upward mobility, it’s a wonderfully layered page-turner.
The story centeres on Emira Tucker, a young, broke, black babysitter who works for Alix Chamberlin, a wealthy businesswoman. When Emira is accused of kidnapping Alix’s baby on the job, their lives are upended forever. As Emira wades through millennial anxieties about adulting (that are far too relatable), battles questions about identity, and tackles ‘woke’ white urban affluence, she comes face to face with the harsh reality of class dynamics and the subtler forms in which prejudice manifests itself in the social media era.
Watch this video for an in-depth look at the characters, the plot, and the voices that make this magnificent debut so special. Be sure to pick up your own copy while you’re at it and share your hot take on our Facebook Group!