I’ve been dying to get a chance to read this one – mainly just because I LOVED how vibrant and striking the cover was …
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
BUG Rating: 3.5/5
Overall: Candice has managed to create an absolutely amazing character in Queenie; She’s bold, complex, and totally loveable. The book isn’t what I had expected. I wasn’t too sure on the genre, there’s way too many descriptive sex scenes for this to be a YA, but it’s not quite Adult in my mind. I enjoyed the story, and following Queenie on the quest to find love, happiness and success. Along the way there were many heart breaks, racism, body image and mental health struggles. I enjoyed some of the humour, but felt some was a bit too British! In 3 words: Thought Provoking, Complex and Funny!
He put a hand on my thigh and moved it higher, digging his nails into my skin. That’ll be a pair of tights gone.
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 careers 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.
+ Fantastically crafted characters – Loved the strong diverse female lead
+ Addressed important topics such as racial bias and mental health stigmas
+ Love, love, LOVE how pretty the book looks on my shelf 🙂
– Very British – might be less appealing/relatable to some
– Overly Sexual