At the start, I really enjoyed Such a Fun Age. The situation in the grocery store was infuriating in every possible way and I was honestly cheering for Emira as she told her security guard where to go an how to get there.
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Separately, Alix and Kelley were fine. Sure, Kelley seemed a bit pushy when it came to making the video of Emira’s incident public, but aside from that and his hyper-antiracism, his character was fine. And Alix was pretty damn spazzy when it came to righting the wrongs that Emira went through at the store. (Having a glass of wine with your sitter/nanny is a no-go, in my books, regardless of how “close” you may seem to be.)
However, as soon as Alix and Kelley’s lives collided (again) the pathetic “He said, she said” came out and the book became a lot less enjoyable. Alix’s true selfishness and sense of entitlement came through, as did Kelley’s pathetic teenaged boy attitude. While the manner in which Emira split from both parties was pretty unbelievable, I don’t blame her and I was glad she found her own way in the end. Emira was hands-down my favourite and I felt for her in every way.
Emira was definitely a “late bloomer” in the coming-of-age story, but it overall was entertaining once you looked past the petty attitudes of Alix and Kelley.
My rating: ★★★★/5 stars