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Kiley Reid

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Such a Fun Age (2019) 3,236 exemplars
Come & Get It (2024) 215 exemplars
Simplexity (2021) 13 exemplars
George Washington's Teeth (2019) 1 exemplars


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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Kiley Reid (born 1987) is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Such a Fun Age, was published in December 2019.

Reid was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1987 and raised in Tucson, Arizona, from the age of seven to 20. She graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School and studied theater at the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to Marymount Manhattan College. She later graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.




Light. Not for me although it flows right along.
featherbooks | Hi ha 174 ressenyes més | May 7, 2024 |
I don't know why but I couldn't put this book down. It was compulsive. Kiley Reid's writing here was so good it felt effortless. She's asking questions about what it means to be a paid member of someone else's family, about how (if you're white) to be an ally (and how much of an obligation is imposed on BIPOC by people trying to be allies) and, fundamentally, how possible is it for even the most "woke" person to really get it?

As a title, Such a Fun Age feels very playful. Is Reid talking about the supposedly carefree years of our twenties, when we move from education into the workforce but we're not yet weighed down by the burdens of child-rearing, mortgages and aging parents? This is where the chief protagonist finds herself. Boomers, Lost Gens, Gen-Xers and millennials all seem to view this period in one's life as The Most Fun We Ever Had. But talk to many twenty-somethings in 2020 and you get a totally different perspective. The reality of exponentially-increasing inequality means that life is much harder for a 25-year-old today than it has been in decades. So is this what the title is meant to get us thinking about?

The other possibility is that the "fun age" refers to precocious toddler Briar, blonde, fluffy-headed, asker-of-constant-questions chatterbox adored by her black babysitter. Emira's "favorite little human." But possibly not the favorite child in her own family, especially not when baby Catherine is an exact replica of her mother and is "such an easy baby." Neither Briar, with her "raspy voice" and frequently awkward observations, nor Emira, who is struggling to find a path in life, are full of fun, but they do find a lot of fun with and in each other and that was the most fun part for this reader.

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punkinmuffin | Hi ha 174 ressenyes més | Apr 30, 2024 |
Highly enjoyable. I'm a bit surprised this was long-listed for the Booker, since it's not what I consider a literary achievement. But as an engaging, contemporary read, you can't go wrong. Painfully accurate characters and those tiny moments of self-doubt and failed human interaction that torment anyone with a brain. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the character of Briar; how many three-year-olds emerge from a novel with a fully-rounded personality and most of the best lines?
therebelprince | Hi ha 174 ressenyes més | Apr 21, 2024 |
If you enjoy reading almost 400 pages of diva drama, then this book might be for you. It is nothing but a bunch of teenage college students, mostly female, and the drama they create in their lives. There are a few points in the book that were interesting, but very few. Mostly the book was a chore to read and I was tempted to DNF it on multiple occasions.

There is very little plot to the book, just the everyday drama these drama queens create for themselves and their dorm mates. The book is set in a dormitory on the University of Arkansas campus. Most of the students are from out of state, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, etc. From that point, little happens until the end of the book. The characters were mostly unlikeable. I do not need for the characters to be likeable, but it would be nice to be able to relate and emphasize with them and their struggles. I could not have cared less what happens to these characters.

The book opens strangely with the introduction of Professor Agatha Paul, whom it seems will be a major character in the book. Then, she disappears for over 60 pages. I was left wondering what happened to this character who was so important that the book opened with her.

The major issues with the book is its length. It is too long, coming in at over 380 pages. At least 100 pages, or more, could have been cut. The book would have been a faster and tighter read. Also, there are too many characters in the book. I counted over 70 distinct characters. Every insignificant character was named in the book. This was too many characters to keep track of without writing them down, which I did, and it took four pages of paper to keep track of them.

In addition, there are a number of craft issues with the book. As the author is supposedly an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing at the University of Michigan, I would have expected a better result. I guess anyone can be a professor at the U. of Michigan. There are many point of view shifts, even within the same paragraph. Lots of head hopping. At one point, we are in Millie's head and in the very next sentence (same paragraph), we are told what another character is thinking. How does Millie know what they are thinking? There were also a lot of missing dialogue tags, so knowing who was speaking was next to impossible. This was confusing, especially when several people were together and speaking at the same time. The speaker was impossible to determine. Plus, other than one character, all of the characters spoke alike. People of different ages from different parts of the country do not speak alike. Thus the dialog was stilted and uncreative. There were a few misspelled words also. I guess the editor fell asleep while proofreading the text. There were also many incorrect and unclear pronoun antecedent agreement issues.

The worst part of the book was the ending. Several characters acted out of character so the author could quickly wrap up the book. The ending was neither believable nor credible. Had the ending been better, I might have given the book two stars for the few interesting parts. But unfortunately, it does not even deserve the one start minimum I had to give it. Don’t waste your time with this book, nor your money.
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dwcofer | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Mar 1, 2024 |



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