14 Book Club Questions for Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age

(warning: contains spoilers)

 

  1. Do you think the title of the novel ‘Such a Fun Age’ matches the story? Why do you think the author chose this title?
  2. In the beginning of the novel, Alix calls Emira late at night to babysit; how did you react to this event? What were your initial impressions of the two central characters?
  3. Why did Emira not want to share the video from the grocery store?
  4. Did you feel that Emira and Alix’s narration of the novel were authentic? How did their contrasting narrative voices influence your experience of reading the novel?
  5. The care of Alix’s daughter, Briar, is split between and Emira and Alix. How, and why do these relationships differ?
  6. More generally speaking, what do you think the author is trying to say about the those who work in care, and the societal importance assigned to care, within her novel?
  7. What is your opinion on Kelley? Did your opinion change throughout the novel?
  8. Do you think Kelley’s rather negative perception of Alix – formed during high school – is fair and justified? Has Alix changed on a fundamental level since this time?
  9. Did Alix have (any) good intentions when she got involved in Emira’s situation?
  10. What is your favourite scene/moment from Such a Fun Age?
  11. The novel is set predominantly (but not solely) in Philadelphia. How does the author evoke a sense of place and portray the city? And can you imagine this story playing out differently in another location?
  12. In Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid takes some big topics – particularly racism, in its many forms – and inserts them into the experiences, conversations and routines of her characters. In what ways do your own experiences relate to this novel? Did Reid’s novel force you to reflect, in some way?
  13. On reflection, what surprised you most about this book?
  14. Here’s a fun one: Such a Fun Age has been opted for the big screen. But who could you see being cast in the roles of Emira, Alix and Kelley?

If you missed it last week, check out our review of Kiley’s outstanding debut novel right here.