Such a Fun Age is one of those books I saw everywhere before I really knew anything about it. And I have to admit, the cover got me (just look at it!). It was also Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick, which always catches my attention. I was honestly a little bit hesitant to pick this up, because I didn’t believe it could live up to the hype. But I’m so glad I did, because it is definitely worth all the attention it’s been getting.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
Such a Fun Age is, I think, the definition of an ironic book title. And it’s perfect. This book is such a brilliant discussion of race in today’s society. It’s addressed in a way that I think everyone can relate to. I particularly loved how this book points out that you might not even be aware of your racist tendencies (as someone who grew up in a conservative community, and went to Catholic school for twelve years, I’ve seen this a lot). Books like The Hate U Give and An American Marriage are great, but what I appreciated about Such a Fun Age is that it makes the same point, but in a way I think more people can personally identify with.
I went into this book not knowing very much about it (seriously, I couldn’t get that cover out of my head). So I wasn’t expecting to not be able to put this down. The story was so addicting. It almost had the adrenaline of a mystery, without actually being a mystery. which was pretty fun. It turned out to be a quick read with a great message, and I really enjoyed it.
★★★★★ – I was not expecting to love this book, but I really did. It think it’s one of the best discussions on race I’ve read in a while (though I’m curious to see what other people think about this), and I would definitely recommend it! I think it actually makes a great book club read, because I found myself wanting to talk about it the second I’d finished it.