Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Come and Get It releases on January 30, 2024.
I raved about Kiley Reid’s debut so I was very excited to read her second book. This story has a relatively large cast of characters so it took me a bit to warm up to them. Millie is a residential assistant (RA) saving up to buy her first home. Agatha is a visiting professor who has just ended a relationship. Kennedy is a student living in the dorm where Millie is the RA. If this sounds a little busy, it is.
An inappropriate relationship eventually develops between the main characters that didn’t feel completely fleshed out to me. I loved the themes of this book, and I think they are important ones, but felt that there were too many characters for me to fully develop a connection with any of them.
I must mention that I started this book on audio and then switched to reading because I couldn’t keep all the characters and dialogue straight. I definitely enjoyed the book a lot more than the audio version.
The plot was rather amorphous for me but overall I did enjoy the climax of the book. Reid writes well about the complexities of class, race and sexuality. Her dialogue is extremely realistic. Her sharp focus on social satire is where her strength lies. I am glad I finished this book and definitely look forward to Reid’s future stories.
About the Book:
From the celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Such a Fun Age comes a fresh and provocative story about a residential assistant and her messy entanglement with a professor and three unruly students.
It’s 2017 at the University of Arkansas. Millie Cousins, a senior resident assistant, wants to graduate, get a job, and buy a house. So when Agatha Paul, a visiting professor and writer, offers Millie an easy yet unusual opportunity, she jumps at the chance. But Millie’s starry-eyed hustle becomes jeopardized by odd new friends, vengeful dorm pranks, and illicit intrigue.
A fresh and intimate portrait of desire, consumption, and reckless abandon, Come and Get It is a tension-filled story about money, indiscretion, and bad behavior—and the highly anticipated new novel by acclaimed and award-winning author Kiley Reid.
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