Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – Published by Bloomsbury, 2020
Emira is a babysitter, caring for Alix’s daughter on a part time basis and “off the books”. At her age she thinks she should be leading a more adult life, with her own apartment and health cover.
Alix is a blogger and letter-writer. She likes to think she’s a feminist and she pretends she’s living in New York.
When Emira is suspected of kidnapping Alix’s daughter, it starts a chain reaction which I anticipated might have the tension of ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’. Sadly, it never really seemed to grip me.
Reviews referred to this book as being funny (I must have missed that) and with “twists that made me gasp out loud” (missed that bit too).
That probably makes it odd to say I quite enjoyed it, especially as I’m still not sure of the relevance of the title and I found the ending rather unsatisfactory (although to be fair, I like “neat and tidy” endings).
As the saying goes ‘Nice try but no cigar’.