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Queenie: British Book Awards Book of the Year (original 2019; edition 2020)

by Candice Carty-Williams (Author)

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"'[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.'--Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You; 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." --… (more)
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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (2019)

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Part Sex and the City, part Bridget Jones’ Diary, and yet wholly herself, Queenie Jenkins serves up a heartfelt (if occasionally mortifying) coming of age story that has well earned her a place amongst this generation’s spiraling millennials. We know going into the story that Queenie is going to be a mess; her boyfriend has just kicked her out, her family is full of judgemental drama, her forays into the online dating world are nothing less than epic catastrophes, and to top it all off the emotional instability is affecting her work life. And yet, this mess is what makes Queenie so relatable, since we’d be lying if we said that we all haven’t been there, done that. The details may differ, but we’ve all been through the quarter-life crisis breakdowns that necessitate picking ourselves up and starting all over again. Throughout the novel we cringe at Queenie’s mistakes, knowing that things are likely going to get worse, but by the time we reach her triumphant finale we can’t help but cheer alongside her. And yet, like real life, we know that Queenie still has plenty of challenges ahead of her, and it is this realistic (rather than fairytale) ending that really makes this novel work. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Nov 3, 2021 |
British Book Awards Book of the Year
  Paraguaytea | Sep 24, 2021 |
This book is being marketed as a “black Bridget Jones,” but if you pick it up because of that description, be wary - you’re getting so much more than that. I understand the comparison, although it undersells Carty-Williams’s ability to craft Queenie as a multi-dimensional, lovable, “fuck-up” of a character. Queenie is a mid-twenties “single” woman who is unlucky in love, work, and life and, when we meet her, is in the midst of a psychological break (with a sprinkling of some undiagnosed childhood trauma). Carty-Williams has you laughing one moment and choking up the next, in a novel that is sure to go down as one of the most timely and sexually and politically accessible books of 2019. Definitely recommend! ( )
  SamBortle | Jul 23, 2021 |
contemporary adult fiction (Jamaican-British 26-y.o. woman struggles with her job, dating, and coping with past and current trauma; mental health; racial issues)
Queenie's voice is intelligent and really funny ([a:Shvorne Marks|18993065|Shvorne Marks|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]' performance is perfect)--her story starts off relatively lightly in a gynecological exam gone hilariously awry. However, the way she decides to behave while waiting for her ex-boyfriend to call her back (she doesn't believe they're really broken up) leads to many unhealthy decisions and sexual and emotional trauma that further complicates her mental well-being. There are some intense, explicit episodes in here, so I wouldn't recommend this to those who are living with their own trauma and wouldn't want those potential triggers, but I think this does provide valuable discussion points for people whose cultures that disapprove of psychological therapy, and I appreciated Queenie's voicing her struggles to be heard at work and in dating and in Black Lives Matter. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Pandemic read. This book is eye-opening. I almost didn't read it because of the Bridget Jones comparison, but that only holds true if Bridget Jones has issues based in racism, cultural identity, family problems, and a really wounded soul. But yeah, otherwise, she's a single woman dealing with single woman issues. ( )
  bookczuk | Jul 3, 2021 |
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To all the Queenies out there - you are enough. Trust me.
In loving memory of Dan O'Lone and Anton Garneys
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In the stirrups now.
Wish you were here...
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"'[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.'--Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You; 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." --

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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.
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