Today I am back for Day #7 of the Black Resilience Booksta Challenge. I explained all the rules in my first post here. I’m hoping this will inspire other readers to read, review and amplify more black voices. Feel free to join me! You can refer to the template below.
I chose Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid for Day #7 because it is a POC novel I highly recommend reading. Selected as Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick for January 2020, this story highlights the more subtle notes of prejudice that are just as important as the overt acts. I hope it educates those with privilege and white skin to be aware of the different ways they unknowingly contribute to systemic racism.
In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix’s efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.
This story went in a completely different direction than I anticipated. I thought it would be mainly about the ‘kidnapping’ incident but it was so much more. It gave me Little Fires Everywhere vibes, which made it such an enjoyable read for me. Take note of black fetishization, optical allyship, white saviorism and tokenism. It is a book I could go over multiple times; uncovering new layers and perspectives. I loved it. It may just be one of the best books I read in 2020.
If you are interested in getting a copy, you can order it here.
Thank you so much for reading, I will see you next time for Day #8!
Peace & Love xoxo
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