Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams


four stars black

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary 
Publisher: Scout Press
Pages: 320
Release Date: March 19, 2019

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.

Queenie is an intimate look at what it’s like and what it means to be a twenty-five-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London. Queenie expertly tackles culture, dating life, work place struggles, family dynamics, and friendships and how they all intertwine for better or for worse.

If you enjoyed Bridget’s Jones Diary, then you’ll most certainly love Queenie. She’s relatable as she grapples with who she wants to be versus who the world is telling her to be while trying to find her place.

Queenie is an incredible own voices debut that I would recommend to anyone looking for a novel to lose themselves in for the afternoon. Carty-Williams writing is all-encompassing as readers are thrust headfirst into Queenie’s life as she struggles with hurdle after hurdle being thrown at her until things irrevocably fall apart.

Queenie is also a story about mental health and what it means to seek help and all the obstacles surrounding that help, whether it be cultural or financial or otherwise. Her journey is a journey that everyone can relate to on some level. This is what makes Queenie such an important and inspiring read. It’s a glimpse into the lives of women of color while also featuring hurdles women face everywhere.

I especially enjoyed the text conversations because their format. I love with books lay out a text conversation as you would see it on your phone. It allows readers to immerse themselves fully in the story while making it easier and quicker to read.

Queenie, at its heart, is a story about a woman of color and the barriers she faces in her everyday life, but Carty-Williams writing is accessible to all, making Queenie’s story a story for everyone.

*** I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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