When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know – about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.
The book starts with an incident where Emira, a twenty-something black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping the young white toddler she babysits. Then we get to see the aftermath of this event, and how it changes the relationship between Emira and her boss, Alix Chamberlain.First of all, I really enjoyed this book. I found the tone and writing style very compelling and easy to digest. There’s so much to unpack in this novel, as the author provides a social commentary on race and class. I really admired the way that Reid tackled some heavy topics with nuance, while keeping a relatively light tone.Alix is horrified by what happens to Emira and wants to make things right. She’s well meaning and consults her friends, including her close black friend, Tamra, about the situation and for advice on how to befriend Emira.Meanwhile, Emira is young, skint, and a bit aimless. I found that very relatable as I think a lot of us have been in Emira’s position and some point or another. She’s still trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life. There are two main white people in Emira’s life, and for a while, you’re trying to figure who really has Emira’s best interests at heart and who’s just using her.I thought these characters were well developed. With Alix in particular, I feel like we all know people like her. I really liked Emira and enjoyed getting to hear her story. TThankyou to Bloomsbury for sending me this copy to read and review!Amazon Goodreads