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Queenie 4.5 Stars He paused and lifted his glasses to wipe his wet eyes You re full of fight Queenie Full of Fight He turned away and ambled back down the garden path, leaving me standing there unable to process anything he d said This is marketed as Bridget Jones but I want to tell you that this is so muchthan that and I mean muchand muchimportant that that.Queenie is a twenty something who is living in London She is Jamaican and it trying to fit in to both Jamaican and Br 4.5 Stars He paused and lifted his glasses to wipe his wet eyes You re full of fight Queenie Full of Fight He turned away and ambled back down the garden path, leaving me standing there unable to process anything he d said This is marketed as Bridget Jones but I want to tell you that this is so muchthan that and I mean muchand muchimportant that that.Queenie is a twenty something who is living in London She is Jamaican and it trying to fit in to both Jamaican and British culture She was with her boyfriend, Tom, for awhile and they are currently going through a break period where they both try to take some time apart Queenie realizes what she has lost but is also seeking worth from outside sources.Queenie ends up hooking up with multiple people, going through fights with friends, navigating her family and just navigating her life is general She goes through situations based on her race and ethnicity She is gets comments thrown at her, that are inappropriate She is treated a certain way and she has to fight to stand up for what she believes it even when everyone else is knocking her down Queenie truly goes through a growth journey in this book In the end, she ends up asking herself Who do you want to me in today s world I read this book fairly quickly because it sucked me in I knew within 30 pages that I was going to love this book and it just kept getting better I almost felt like I was Queenie s friends and I was going through life with her I experienced happiness when she did and heartbreak when she did There were times I wanted to shake Queenie and say what are you doing And other times I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her it ll all be OK and I m proud of you.This book really gave me perspective There are a lot of situations that Queenie experiences in the book that I will never experience I think it s important to put myself in someone else s shoes and have a better understanding of the types of things they go through and situations they are put through At the same time though, there were a few situations I felt that I could relate to Queenie just as a woman in the modern world as well as someone with anxiety depression.I highly recommend this book and think everyone should pick it up The cover alone sold me on this one it s GORGEOUS Thank you to Gallery Scout Press for my ARC of this book 5 shiny, rebellious, beautiful stars As soon as I started this book, I thought I was having a light reading Because the book is advertised as modern version of Bridget Jones But after a few pages later, I realized this is deeper,heart wrenching, darker and twisted story of a young woman who is looking for a tree branch to not fall down from a cliff Queenie has really a bad year but it s not about her broken heart after her breakup or time out with her longtime boyfriend Tom This is su 5 shiny, rebellious, beautiful stars As soon as I started this book, I thought I was having a light reading Because the book is advertised as modern version of Bridget Jones But after a few pages later, I realized this is deeper,heart wrenching, darker and twisted story of a young woman who is looking for a tree branch to not fall down from a cliff Queenie has really a bad year but it s not about her broken heart after her breakup or time out with her longtime boyfriend Tom This is such a beginning of domino falling After her breakup, she realizes that she just blocks everything about her past and as seems like she has a job she s been dreaming for so long and boyfriend who s ready for longtime commitment do not bring her happiness But the breakup is the first wake up call which pushes her make so many wrong decisions about meaningless one night stands Then she loses one of her best friends trust it isn t her fault actually, only wrong things about the situation are choosing wrong besties and wrong f ckbuddies , she gets rejected by all three men she s hooked up, she loses her job Finally she understands that she was already lost from the beginning She doesn t feel like she belongs to someone or somewhere She never thinks she deserves to be loved or she deserves good things in life Now when she sees her own rock bottom, it s time to discover her strengths and weaknesses, learn how to love and forgive herself and achieve to face her past demons This book is not only a typical love life story of a Jamaican English woman s in mid twenties It s about discovery of your own potential, learning what you want from the life, respecting yourself It s about friendship It s about forgiveness It s about family Sometimes you hate Queenie, sometimes you feel sorry for her but mostly you understand her She s flawed, she s broken, she s confused but she s strong enough to find her way and embrace her loved ones tightly to not fall from a cliff, again I really enjoyed her story and this is a great debut I love to read the upcoming book of this writer bloginstagramfacebooktwitter ONE OF TIME S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR ONE OF NPR S BEST BOOKS OF NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF BY WOMAN S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT B Rilliant, Timely, Funny, Heartbreaking Jojo Moyes, New York Times Bestselling Author OfMe Before You Bridget Jones S DiarymeetsAmericanah 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 PlaceQueenie Jenkins Is A Twenty Five 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 empathized a lot with the protagonist and her struggles along with the portrayal of mental health, including the cultural stigma of seeking therapy, how childhood affects the way we treat relationships, how we internalize racism and learn to love ourselves as a WOC, etc The audiobook narrator also did a great job at bringing the story to life I struggle to emotionally connect with this book as much as I should, mainly because the progression of the narrative felt disjointed The first 2 3 of I empathized a lot with the protagonist and her struggles along with the portrayal of mental health, including the cultural stigma of seeking therapy, how childhood affects the way we treat relationships, how we internalize racism and learn to love ourselves as a WOC, etc The audiobook narrator also did a great job at bringing the story to life I struggle to emotionally connect with this book as much as I should, mainly because the progression of the narrative felt disjointed The first 2 3 of the book is repetitive in her making poor decisions with terrible white men, then the last 1 3 of the book becomesof a grander statement of being a black girl and reveals the root cause of why Queenie makes so many flawed decisions I wish the two had been better interwoven together for anuanced portrayal rather than a grand revelation towards the end As a result, this felt forced rather than proper representation, especially when a lot of the writing seemed to generalize the struggles of black women due to the main character speaking for all black women and making blanket statements VS presenting this as an individual case that s symptomatic of a systemic issue I think what would ve helped is if the author had peppered hints to Queenie s past and childhood throughout the book in anatural way rather than dumping everything towards the end and framing it as a grand political statement Overall, I have no problem with the protagonist s self destructive tendencies and repetitive mistakes at all I truly empathize with her and have had a similar mindset , it wasso the disjointed execution that prevented me from being fully impacted by what the author intended for this story Rating 4.75I loved this book Such an unexpected gem of a read I went into this one blind I knew nothing about it, I read no reviews I frequently check out my library for new audio books I saw this bold orange cover of a book called Queenie It drew me in I listened to a sample of the audio A heavy accent by the narrator It drew me in I grabbed a copy of the audio and jumped right in.Queenie is a hot mess She s a 26 year old Jamaican woman, living in London, and just completely a mess Rating 4.75I loved this book Such an unexpected gem of a read I went into this one blind I knew nothing about it, I read no reviews I frequently check out my library for new audio books I saw this bold orange cover of a book called Queenie It drew me in I listened to a sample of the audio A heavy accent by the narrator It drew me in I grabbed a copy of the audio and jumped right in.Queenie is a hot mess She s a 26 year old Jamaican woman, living in London, and just completely a mess We meet her as she is taking a break from her live in boyfriend, which HE wants, not her He asks her to move out and by this point, she s already on a downward spiral She can t face reality She s out of control She puts herself in a few dangerous situations I think She s got no money, living in a nasty flat with a few flatmates, she s not there for her job, she lets the WORST men abuse her, she has issues with how people see her as a black woman She doesn t feel she s worth it, she really has had a hard life It s an absolute train wreck but you can t help but watch When she hits the lowest of lows, she must bring herself back up And so you watch her bring herself out of the pit and show her strength.To be honest, I almost stopped with this one Initially, it was a bit sexually graphic for me Just not what I tend to read I actually started another book, but then I did read a few reviews One said stick with it Thanks Esil So I pushed on and I m so glad I did The book gets off to a bit of a rocky start But it immediately just jumps in to a life already out of control All I can say is stick with it When someone has issues, and is mentally struggling, it s never a pretty sight But you must see everything in it s entirety to see where Queenie is at I m so glad I stuck with this one It made me cringe, made me glad I m married oh the horrors of dating apps , made me laugh, but made me root for Queenie Even though, a few times, I wanted to shake her.you knew she would just make the worst decisions.I also must say, publishers DON T COMPARE THIS TO BRIDGET JONES This is so not like Bridgette Jones, other than a young girl living in London and dating Queenie is so muchIf you think you are going to find a Bridgette Jones here, skip this one Romantic comedy this is NOT Anyway, I loved this book and just loved the audio narration The narrator did a fabulous job A highlight of a read for 2019 for me I ll remember this one for some time So why not 5 stars I m stingy with 5 stars But I had to knock it a bit for being quite sexually graphic yes, made it hard to listen to the audio when husband is around saying what ARE you listening to and the reading of emails and text back and forth initially drove me bonkers So far, this is my top read of the year And I ll just say, give this one a shot and just stick with it It s such a reward in the end Queenie is the newest debut sensation coming out of the UK by Candace Carte Williams Sadly it was not my cup of tea for a few reasons Firstly the good things about the book are the writing, especially the natural dialogue, and the fact that Queenie does get that mental health care that she so desperately needs However as a whole this book is based on too many black women stereotypes I really feel the author should have toned that down I m also not enjoying that this book is being pitched as Queenie is the newest debut sensation coming out of the UK by Candace Carte Williams Sadly it was not my cup of tea for a few reasons Firstly the good things about the book are the writing, especially the natural dialogue, and the fact that Queenie does get that mental health care that she so desperately needs However as a whole this book is based on too many black women stereotypes I really feel the author should have toned that down I m also not enjoying that this book is being pitched as the black Bridget Jones Diary These two books aren t alike at all Queen was not a comedy for me I feel like it s an exploration of how a black woman watching abuse as a child and being abused affect her choices of men later on The book s concentration on Queenie s promiscuous lifestyle, at times was hard to read and certainly was not funny I would even say it could be triggering to some readers Since the book is being pitched as humorous in the UK I had to ask myself who the target audience is supposed to be The author doesn t seem to disagree with that pitch because I haven t seen her say the contrary I also feel the cover was another way to attract black women to want to read Queen, although knowing what s in between the covers, I believe many black women would pass on it I don t recommend it Why I love itby Jojo MoyesI have to confess I have a prior interest in Queenie s author, Candice Carty Williams A few years ago, I created a competition offering up my cottage to an aspiring writer in need of time and space to complete their project Candice was the first winner, chosen fromthan 600 applicants She had never driven outside London before, and it took her six hours to make a two hour journey the kind of thing that would happen to her character, Queenie , but when she arri Why I love itby Jojo MoyesI have to confess I have a prior interest in Queenie s author, Candice Carty Williams A few years ago, I created a competition offering up my cottage to an aspiring writer in need of time and space to complete their project Candice was the first winner, chosen fromthan 600 applicants She had never driven outside London before, and it took her six hours to make a two hour journey the kind of thing that would happen to her character, Queenie , but when she arrived she declined a cup of tea and went straight to work she was that determined to make the most out of the opportunity.Fast forward two and a half years Queenie is one of the most anticipated books of the year It grabbed me from the opening chapter because it did something that happens far too seldom it took me into a world I didn t know that of a 25 year old black woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither Queenie is fresh and flawed and she made me wince and made me laugh and made me think.Candice is a unique writer Even that 500 word contest entry told me there was something special about her After re reading the finished work I knew I had been right I m excited to see Queenie meet a wider audience, and to see Candice s star really shine We needvoices like hers.Readat A tiresome novel that made me cranky Everything about Queenie screams middle school angst Queenie and her crew think and act like 12 year olds trapped in 25 year old bodies Take away some of the sex, replace their jobs with 7th grade classes and you have the tedious dramas of adolescence I liked the clever use of texts That s about it. Thank you to everyone that has commented on this review whether you agreed or not, in a positive way Most of you have not For that, you are in my prayers, because you need a help I cannot offer I don t like this book, and no amount of your ranting will change my mind about that It is not the wholly Black positive thing you re claiming it to be That s my opinion Everyone has one This review is attempting to ruin the novelty of my coming to Goodreads to track my reading and talk about book Thank you to everyone that has commented on this review whether you agreed or not, in a positive way Most of you have not For that, you are in my prayers, because you need a help I cannot offer I don t like this book, and no amount of your ranting will change my mind about that It is not the wholly Black positive thing you re claiming it to be That s my opinion Everyone has one This review is attempting to ruin the novelty of my coming to Goodreads to track my reading and talk about books with like minded book reading folks People won t let this review die If you are honestly interested in hearing my opinion, feel free to ask me Otherwise, sorry to this review I m not talking about this book another day nor am I going to continue to have to avoid looking at the book in order to not have to respond to potentially negative comments One of you even questioned my Blackness, and baybeee you are too mature to spend your time in that manner If you read the book, and enjoyed it, the author did what she needed to for you I don t need to know about it People are still homeless, poverty is still an issue, and Flint still doesn t have clean water, argue about that Those things change the world we live in Be blessed and wash your hands Jazmen This is the kind of novel whose excellence sneaks up on you The beginning is kind of rocky and I wasn t sure where the book was going but then it gets great and unputdownable and I held my breath reading as fast as I could to see what would happen to Queenie This is an amazing novel about what it means to be a black girl whose world is falling apart and needs to find the strength to put it back together There is so much ground covered here from dealing with anxiety and self loathing to compli This is the kind of novel whose excellence sneaks up on you The beginning is kind of rocky and I wasn t sure where the book was going but then it gets great and unputdownable and I held my breath reading as fast as I could to see what would happen to Queenie This is an amazing novel about what it means to be a black girl whose world is falling apart and needs to find the strength to put it back together There is so much ground covered here from dealing with anxiety and self loathing to complicated families and learning to let go of things and people that won t serve you well And Queenie is the kind of narrator you cannot help but root for even as she makes infuriating choices Wonderful, wonderful novel full of charm and wit and warmth and energy Check it out


About the Author: Candice Carty-Williams

Candice Carty Williams was born in 1989, the result of an affair between a Jamaican cab driver who barely speaks and a Jamaican Indian dyslexic receptionist who speaksthan anyone else in the world She studied Media at Sussex because her sixth form teachers said that she wasn t clever enough to do English, but she showed them all by first working at the Guardian Guide and then moving into publishing at 23.Carty Williams has worked on marketing literary fiction, non fiction and graphic novels ever since her first highlight was interviewing David Cronenberg and telling him that if she were a white man she d like to look like him In response he called her a delightful person In 2016, she created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, a prize that aims to find, champion and celebrate black, Asian and minority ethnic writers She also contributes regularly to Refinery29 and i D.


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