Queenie by Candice Carty-WilliamsQueenie by Candice Carty-Williams


byCandice Carty-Williams

Hardcover | March 19, 2019

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“[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.” —Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

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.
Title:QueenieFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:March 19, 2019Publisher:Gallery/Scout PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501196014

ISBN - 13:9781501196010

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story This is a modern romantic comedy. Queenie is a British woman who works for a newspaper in London. She is of Jamaican descent. Her storyline reminded me of Bridget Jones’s Diary, because of the way she has to balance her work with her romantic life. However, there were some serious issues in the story. I really liked the way realistic issues were addressed in the story. Queenie got a little carried away with dating multiple men after her serious relationship ended. She ended up at health clinics a few times because of these encounters. I appreciated that she had to deal with the consequences of her actions, unlike many characters in romance stories. The story wasn’t all serious. There were some funny parts as well. Queenie refers to her friends in their group chat as the “Corgis” because they support their queen. There were also some funny situations with Queenie’s grandparents. Though there were a lot of serious parts of the story, I enjoyed the light humour as well. I really enjoyed this story! It’s a refreshingly modern take on a romantic comedy. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Debut! QUEENIE took me on a ride, friends. At first, things were Bridget Jones’s Diary-ish and I was fine, giggling along because sure, Queenie was going through a difficult breakup but I had no doubt she’d emerge generally unscathed. You know worried, but not concerned, if that makes sense. But then Queenie’s decisions took a much darker turn, which spiked my concern to an eleven and made the world go quiet. I wasn’t prepared for the degree of vulnerability displayed on the page during those darker days, and it rendered me speechless. As in I couldn’t speak because I was crying too hard. The POV kept me inside Queenie’s mind, which meant I viewed her experiences and rationalizations in real time. Wow, those rationalizations. Queenie didn’t value herself, and watching her accept/excuse terrible behaviour in exchange for companionship were the parts that made me weep. They hit close to home. Things got worse before they got better and the plot took Queenie to places, both emotionally and physically, she wasn’t eager to go. Those places were necessary to visit in order to move forward though, and Queenie’s reluctant courage felt so very real. Carty-Williams’s ability to dig into the layered burdens of childhood trauma, mental health, and racism, blew me away. In conclusion, OH MY HEART THIS BOOK. I honestly haven't stopped talking about it. By including Black Lives Matter, the fetishizing of black women, and feminism, along with the above-mentioned mental health and childhood trauma, QUEENIE proved to be a bold, fresh novel that broke my heart and then put it (mostly) back together. Be prepared for surges of frustration via Queenie’s decisions, but the group texts with her friends and strong family relationships balanced out those downturns, so there were ample bright parts to the dark, the brightest being Queenie herself. Five stars all the way.
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Queenie is an incredible own voices debut that I would recommend to anyone looking. 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.
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Queenie follows a Jamaican British woman who definitely made me feel a whole range of emotions. She is a real and complex character and I loved reading about her. Queenie has a complicated relationship with some members of her family and she alludes to a challenging and possibly abusive past and this has definitely shaped the adult that she is. After Queenie and her long-term boyfriend go on a break, Queenie makes a series of questionable and self-destructive decisions as she looks for and seeks comfort. After a number of negative (and unhealthy) experiences with men, friends and a decline in the quality of her work Queenie begins to spiral. . I want to say that the comparisons between Queenie and Bridget Jone’s Diary are not accurate and kind of set me up to be confused about what I was reading going into Queenie. While Queenie does have some great humour and also takes place in London that is where the similarities end. Carty-Williams tackles topics and themes of growth, self worth, identity, racism, and mental health and how these can impact the decisions you make. I feel like these themes are much more at the centre of the novel than romance, which is what I was expecting after reading the comparison. The humour in this book does help to balance out the tone of the book and I liked and appreciated these moments to reflect and think about the heavier themes that were being discussed. There were definitely moments where I laughter out loud! I really enjoyed Carty-Williams’ writing and look forward to reading more from her in the future. . Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster Canada and Netgalley for an advanced copy of Queenie! . Publication date: March 19, 2019 . . Content warning: discussion of miscarriage, domestic violence and mental health.
Date published: 2019-03-11

Editorial Reviews

"Queenie goes on heartbreaking, hopeful, sometimes funny, and always relatable journey." REFINERY 29