I though SUCH A FUN AGE was entertaining. I liked it, but didn't love it. It tells the story of a young woman who is a bit of a late bloomer. She works as a Nanny, a job she enjoys, which pays her no benefits. Her friends are well on their way to careers, but she still doesn't know what she wants to do with her life.

The book has a lot to say about racism and bias. It throws out lots of scenarios, but makes few points about how to make things better. It is in a way, all over the place, which is sort of like the thorny issues it brings up. Everyone seems to be hyperfocused on racism, with the exception of the protagonist, who mostly wants to live her life and not make waves. There is definitely an emphasis on how hard it can be for even well meaning white people to avoid missteps and unintentionally offend people of other races, that they know and care about. We all have a lot to learn.

Racism can be overt or subtle. Not everyone recognizes it when they see it.

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