Such A Fun Age – Kiley Reid


At the beginning of the book Emira is approached by a supermarket security officer and is accused of ‘kidnapping’ the white child that she is babysitting, Briar. Following on from this comes a chain of events that change Emira’s life in the long run. After this explosive beginning, Alix her employer, makes it her mission to set things right, and make Emira feel more like family. But does this work? Or does it just make Emira feel more alien to her employer and her family? Emira then meets someone who is from Alix’s past, which brings up what you could call ‘childhood-trauma’ for Alix. Emira comes to a lot of realisations throughout this story, and learns how hard it is to be a black woman living in America and how easy it is for people to be racist without even meaning to!

This was another book club read for the lovely Words, Wine & Wit Book Club – click on the link to be directed to the Facebook page!

There are so so many points that I enjoyed throughout this story, and it’s hard to pinpoint anything bad – especially with it being about a life and culture that realistically, I know absolutely nothing about! Therefore, who would I be to comment on the story of a black woman, written by a black woman, when I am in fact a white woman?

I loved Emira and Briars relationship throughout the book, it was so wholesome, and for me it’s got to be one of the best parts of the book. Their connection was so lovely, Emira was almost like a big sister to Briar with the way Briar looked up to her!

I also found the portrayal of Alix to be done quite well, in that us as white people sometimes are racist without meaning to be. Some of the things that Alix says and does throughout the story are done in such a derogatory way, but she’s also clueless she is doing it, and I think some white people do the same. People do this by acting like they are ‘walking on eggshells’ around people of colour, and it is unnecessary. Alix does this a lot within the book, and like Emira, us as readers can see right through Alix, even when she can’t herself.

Another character that becomes an accessory to racism is Kelly. In my opinion, I do not like him as a character, and didn’t from the minute he was introduced. It is later discovered that Kelly actually fetishizes black women, and only dates them. This is also seen as racism, as black women are made to feel like objects by white men. I personally don’t understand how people fetishize people from their skin colour/ethnicity, because I myself don’t date people for their ethnicity, but rather their personalities. But it is so common nowadays for this to happen, and white women are the same in that some white women will also fetishize black men. This is only touched on lightly with Kelly, so I think I would like to have this delved into a little deeper perhaps.

Overall I highly rate this book to absolutely ANYONE, and I feel as though it’s an important read. I know things now that I most definitely didn’t before reading this, and I think others will feel the same! Lets be sure to educate ourselves consistently and do our bit for all people of colour in the world!

Have you read this? – Let me know your thoughts!

Our Stop – Laura Jane Williams

What if you almost missed the love of your life?


Our Stop is a lovely, quick-read romance novel. It follows both of the lives of Nadia and Daniel, who both get the 07:30 train or at least Daniel does… Nadia misses the train at least four days a week out of five, she’s definitely not a morning person! Daniel notices Nadia almost immediately and is contemplating for so long about how to speak to her, so he decides to use a newspaper column feature called ‘Missed Connections’ (I love this idea)! Luckily for Daniel, this is something that Nadia and her friends follow, and when Daniels post is published, Nadia and her friends believe it could be about her! But what are the odds? Is it just a coincidence? Or is it really just fate, bringing two people together?

So this was one of the June books for Beth’s Book Club (click the link to join – you won’t regret it)!!! I really enjoyed it actually. To begin with, it was slightly “eye-rolling material”, as its a very chick-litty, predictable romance. But after a few chapters, I was invested, I just wanted Nadia and Daniel to meet!

I loved the idea of the ‘Missed Connections’ column in the newspaper, and it did seem like quite romantic gesture! Although I don’t think I would ever find myself responding to any if we had it in our local newspaper in Southampton! But the idea of it is pretty genius.

When Elliott first gets introduced into the story after getting stood up by Daniel, I was actually kind of rooting for him. But as his and Nadia’s relationship continues on for a couple of months, he actually becomes very clingy! I mean, we all love a guy who can talk about his feelings and be very open about everything of course… But when you’re with someone who expects you to have ‘fallen in love with him’ within a matter of weeks and wants you to put your all into something that just doesn’t quite feel right… It gives me bad vibes and unfortunately, this was Nadia’s and Elliott’s relationship for me. He seemed lovely, but Nadia just wasn’t for him at all! That much was obvious…

I found it a little similar to The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary if I’m honest with the Missed Connections notes, and continuously missing each other on EVERY occasion possible!

The only reason I’ve knocked a star off is just for a couple of small reasons! The first one being that I found Emma and Gaby’s relationship pretty irrelevant to the story, and there were many other ways that Nadia could have become more separate from them, without this. I just didn’t feel as though it added anything more to the story other than a couple of extra pages. My other point is that I found that the AMOUNT of times Nadia and Daniel missed each other to become a little repetitive and annoying at times. Yes, in the real world people do just miss each other, but this just seemed a little far-fetched.

Also one other point, is that as the chapters changed between different characters perspectives, I do feel as though it could have been written in the first person, as this would have helped give a little more depth into the characters personalities, and would perhaps connect with them more? I felt like I connected with Nadia quite well, but not so much with Daniel, and I do think that had it been written in the first person, this may have helped!

But other than those points, I mostly loved the book and look forward to anymore written by Laura!