This page-turner of a debut novel shines with realistic dialogue and humor that masterfully eases us into sharp and nuanced cultural commentary about race, class, and the futility of our good intentions.
Emira is adrift, 25, black, out of college, and working as a babysitter three days a week for an upper-class white family in the suburbs to supplement her meager income as an office temp while she watches her peers settle into careers, relationships and financial stability she doesn’t feel quite grown enough to achieve. The thing is, she actually loves her work with her “favorite little person”. One night while babysitting, a racially charged incident forever changes Emira’s prospects and throws her on an unexpected crash course directly in conflict with her employer, Alix Chamberlain.
I couldn’t put this book down and made my way through it quickly. This is an enjoyable, breezy page-turner that will appeal to fans of Crazy Rich Asians, while fans of more literary fare will appreciate the relevant social issues that drive the story.