Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
The opening scene of this book really pulls you in and sets the tone for what the reader is in store for. The book opens up with Emira, a twenty five year old babysitter, being accused of kidnapping the little girl she babysits. Emira is black and the little girl is white- this causes a security guard to assume Emira is doing something wrong. That and the fact that it is late at night.
Emira is such a great character. She’s so relatable and struggles with real issues facing many people in their mid twenties. I also loved her humor!
Kiley Reid’s writing is minimalist and goes down smoothly. It’s not stuffy or overly wordy. I think that this style of writing often goes under appreciated. There aren’t necessarily moments of beautiful imagery or moving prose; it’s more simple, yet impactful, observations. I enjoy this style of writing- I find it real and relatable. And also Very reader friendly.
This book isn’t super plot heavy; it’s more of a character driven story as well as a commentary on relationships, race, and class. It makes for the perfect book club or group read, I’m not at all surprised that Reese’s bookclub picked it up!
I also listened to portions of this book on audio. The narration is fantastic, and it is one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. Huge kudos to the narrator!
I definitely recommend you pick this one up!