“I don’t need you to be mad that it happened. I need you to be mad that it just like… happens.”
Such A Fun Age is a light and very fast-paced book about deep explorations of race, wealth, gender roles, education, classism and the lack of clarity on how to approach life in middle-class America. All those things do not come to you straight away once you are reading it, but after you finished it and gave it a few moments, you will understand how deep and emotional this story actually is.
The story starts when Emira receives a call late one night to come to pick up a three-year-old girl she babysits typically during the day and take her to the local high-end grocery store in Philadelphia due to the incident at home. Emira warns the parents that she is dressed up for a party, but they insist on coming anyway. At the grocery store, Emira is accused of kidnapping the girl due to racial prejudice.
Book does a fantastic job of asking questions and raising concerns about race and various types of racism in the world. From obsession to fetishism, it introduces multiple characters, most of them who are flawed on purpose. While a lot of them does come up as not very likeable, we think it was done on purpose and to give the book the feel of realism.
On our discussions we answered the usual question about the possible meaning of the book name – we decided it was a sarcastic reference to the weird times we live in. But most exciting topics we talked about covered various interactions between characters – such as Alix abandoning her child, or Kelley – young white guy, dating only black girls.
Very highly recommended and easy enough read for everyone – this is modern and a little sad, coming of age story.
4 stars out of 5 from both of us.
Review by 👩🏻🦰&🧔