Review of QUEENIE by Candice Carty-Williams

I saw Queenie floating around social media and people seemed very excited about it, so I ordered my copy. First of all the cover is EVERYTHING! It even has baby hairs! I knew I was on to something great

Blurb: Queenie Jenkins can't cut a break. Well, apart from the one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That's definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Then there's her boss who doesn't seem to see her and her Caribbean family who don't seem to listen (if it's not Jesus or water rates, they're not interested). She's trying to fit in two worlds that don't really understand her. It's no wonder she's struggling. She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life?

The book really gave me Sex and City vibes. Just a very unapologetic account of a female living in the city and just trying to understand life but this is from a Black female’s perspective. Queenie is a twenty-something living in Brixton. She’s on a ‘break’ with her boyfriend (we already know how that plays out thanks to Rachel and Ross) and finds herself craving male attention, but it’s the wrong attention. She gets herself into the worst situations and I had to laugh because I’ve been there. Queenie wants to stand on her own two feet but her job doesn’t pay enough—it is London! And she wants to challenge the articles produced at work but not everyone cares for ‘black issues.’ What I loved about this book was I felt like I was reading about a young me or one of my friends. The language, the situations they find themselves in really connected with me. I’ve been there. My friends have been there. Her family are Jamaican, mine are Nigerian but all black families say the same things! I adore Kyazike. Her whole rant about her date with the guy she met at the bank cracked me up. The book touches on mental health which I applaud as mental health is something the black community struggles to discuss.

This is a book that shows how important it is to have Black UK writers with lead Black UK females. Books that represent all of us. This is the type of book I can give to my friends and would say, ‘This is basically us.’


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