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Candice Carty-Williams

Author of Queenie

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Works by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie (2019) 1,574 copies
People Person (2022) 212 copies
Empress & Aniya (2021) 10 copies
People Person (2023) 10 copies
Queenie: Roman (2022) 4 copies

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“Queenie: In the stirrups now. Wish you were here …”
You can’t help but love Queenie. She is funny, feisty and flawed. She takes her job as a journalist and her long-suffering boyfriend Tom totally for granted until she gets a wake-up call and everything spirals out of control. She makes one bad decision after another, especially when it comes to her choice of men and consenting to brutal, humiliating and degrading sex, scenes that are incredibly difficult to read. Queenie’s close Jamaican family are strong, colourful characters that had me laughing out loud while the Corgis, her three close friends from different stages of Queenie’s life, from different walks of life and with completely different personalities, realistically demonstrate what friends are for – banter, honesty and support. This book is as disturbing as it is uplifting, covering child neglect, physical abuse, racial discrimination and mental health. I was rooting for Queenie throughout, willing her to love and respect herself, to feel worthy of love and respect. The casual, relaxed writing style flows freely through the highs and lows, laughter and tears. A TV series is imminent and it will be really interesting to see how it compares to the book.… (more)
geraldine_croft | 60 other reviews | May 31, 2024 |
Very character-driven story of five half-siblings who start to become family after a strange incident.
bookwyrmm | 9 other reviews | Apr 17, 2024 |
Recommended: Yes!!
For people who are ok with honest depictions and discussions of all kinds of sex, as well as racial barriers barriers women face. For those who are ok laughing while reading a book ^.^

OHMYGODDDDD. Okay, I'm not usually one to fall into hyped books, but man this is hyped for a reason. Candice Carty-Williams promotes writing about underrepresented perspectives, and she leads by example! I hardly ever get to read from the POV of a black character, particularly a black woman, and it was enlightening as a suburban white girl who's never lived in very diverse areas. I learned what a weave is! But Queenie is also just such an enjoyable woman, even when she's at her worst points, you don't dislike her. You just feel her pain, because who HASN'T been there before? It's also hilarious, and I laughed out loud while reading enough to prompt my boyfriend to ask if it was a comedy book. Do yourself a favor and just read it. I'll be waiting. :)

See full review & more here! --> https://baileysbooks.home.blog/2019/06/10/queenie-by-candice-carty-williams/
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Jenniferforjoy | 60 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
I went into this expecting standard rom-com chick lit and got something else entirely.

Queenie is 25 and a real mess: She’s breaking up with her boyfriend, estranged from her Mom, screwing up at work and drowning her sorrows in reckless, casual sex.

I assumed that all her problems would he solved when she fell slowly in love with her nebbishy co-worker or a guy she “met cute” but that’s not the case! We deal with her downward spiral and how it impacts her life and relationships and how she starts to right the ship again.

A fast read, couldn’t put it down once I started.
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hmonkeyreads | 60 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |



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