🇺🇸 Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
A black 25-year-old Emira was celebrating her friend's birthday party when her employer, Alix, called her to take care a smart 3-year-old daughter in the middle of the night. She would deny the offer if only she had a stable job with benefits such as health insurance, or she knew what she wanted to do with her life just like her parents and siblings did, but she’s short of money at the time, and despite all, she loves being a nanny for Briar.
Wearing a party dress, she brought the child to a supermarket that sells pricey products. The security guard accused her of kidnapping while a white man named Kelly recording them. Little does she know that this incident and the video will affect her life, her relationships, and her career.
I’ve only bought few books listed in #2020BookerPrize and this is the first that I've finished but unlike the others this one left me feeling unsatiated. Partly because in my mind, most books that happened to be in this list supposed to be difficult to comprehend—especially for a non-native English speaker— in terms of their proses and themes than “general fictions”, yet this one is written in a light and entertaining way that easy to digest but at the same time offers heavy theme.
What I feel this novel is lack of are its character development, most of its characters are stereotypical, and predictable plots even though it has some twists at the end of the story. I find the ending gives too much closures, letting me validate my own suspicion towards Alix and Kelly. Emira is someone I can relate the most and it would be more interesting if this novel had her as a narrator that I could delve into.
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