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.
I absolutely adored this book. I read it in 24 hours, that just shows how much I enjoyed it! I had read some heavy books beforehand, so this was exactly what I needed to break that and totally delivered to expectations.
Queenie is a beautifully raw and unfiltered account of a normal girl who finds herself in a rut and unsure of where her life is going.
I have seen a lot of mixed reviews about the main character and how some people found her annoying. I can see where they are coming from because Queenie sometimes makes stupid decisions and you just want to shake her, but that's actually why I really loved her. She was so real and was as flawed as she was perfect and I felt like she was the kind of person you could easily meet at a party. Of course, there are characters out there who are just plain annoying, but on this occasion I found it was the perfect balance.
From the very first page, all the way through, this book will have you crying laughing and in shock and cringing on a constant basis. However, it should be pointed out that it is also as uncomfortable and upsetting as it is hilarious at times. This story goes to dark places and addresses things that are still not spoken about enough. Things like depression, sexism, racism, rape and toxic relationships and friendships need to be brought out of the darkness and into the light. We should not be afraid or ashamed to talk about these things and we are brought on this enlightening journey of self understanding and self discovery with Queenie.
I highly recommend this book, it is one of the stand out books of the year for me and I can't wait to read more from Carty-Williams.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'“Being brave isn't the same as being okay," my mum said quietly.'
Queenie, of course! What I loved about her is that she was so far from perfect. She could be any other girl and she as portrayed so well!