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Come and Get It (This Review)

Fans of Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age already know that Reid has a masterful way

of capturing everyday observations and turning them into real and unique stories. The

author’s sophomore novel, Come and Get It, follows a series of characters at the

University of Arkansas, primarily Millie, an RA ready to graduate and buy a house, and

Agatha, a visiting professor and author.

Millie is 24, took a year off school to take care of her mom, and is determined to

put a down payment on a house when she graduates. The issue? She doesn’t get paid

much as an RA. When Agatha enters her life, offering to pay Millie for her help setting

up interviews with Millie’s residents, Millie jumps at the opportunity. But how far will

Millie go for a side-hustle? Will she make it through a year of the dorm pranks and

roommate issues, namely from the suitmates Tyler (a wealthy, dog-obsessed, sorority

girl) Peyton (who spends most of her time cooking) and Kennedy (a lonely transfer

student whose dorm is stuffed with decorations)? Will her friendships with other RAs

survive dorm-room eavesdropping? And what will happen when Millie and Agatha’s

relationship turns to a bit more than friendly, a dynamic that might just put all of Millie’s

goals in jeopardy?

While some reviews have critiqued Reid’s sophomore novel for being unrealistic

and overstuffed, I found a lot of truth in her story. There are some aspects deserving of

critique, like one character’s Southern accent, which is phonetically spelled out perhaps

more than it should be. Regardless, I think Reid so successfully captures what it’s like to

be an American college student in today's world (which is a perspective that other

reviewers lack). In a book centered around money, power, and the tension that inevitably

arises when the two clash, Reid’s dialogue especially stands out. The author has a unique

ability to so realistically capture conversations that I myself have heard around campus.

From conversations about “going out” to “fun money,” from inner monologues of

loneliness and desire to the pressing anxiety of the future, even side characters in Come

and Get It feel plucked from real life. They are complex and flawed and almost as hard to

love as they are to hate. I couldn't put the book down (though it helps that it was one of

my Spring Break Reads).

Love it or hate it, Kiley Reid has captured attention with her fiction and I couldn’t

recommend Come and Get It more.

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