Review: Queenie by Candice Carty Williams

Title: Queenie

Author: Candice Carty Williams

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Trapeze

The Blurb

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.

The Review

Queenie is a fabulous story of a young girl who is trying to find her place, find who she is and do so with the added discomfort of the gentrification in the world as she knows it.

I loved Queenie. Whilst I cannot state that I know what it is like to be black (a stupid thing to say, I know) I felt that throughout Queenie that Carty Williams has made the experience of being a girl in her 20s so relatable. I am no longer in my mid-20s but boy would this book have been handy when I was struggling to translate that difficult time in my life.

For me, one of the best things about Queenie is that although she goes through a lot you finish the story feeling hopeful.

I really hope Queenie gets optioned for a TV series. It was so damn good.

Queenie by Candice Carty Williams is available now.

For more information regarding Candice Carty Williams (@CandiceC_W) please visit www.candicecartywilliams.com.

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