Queenie

Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams / Sep 21, 2019

Queenie 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

  • Title: Queenie
  • Author: Candice Carty-Williams
  • ISBN: 1501196014
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT 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 NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 336 pages Expected publication March 19th 2019 by Gallery Scout Press More Details ISBN 1501196014 ISBN13 9781501196010 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Queenie by Candice Carty Williams Release date Mar 19, 2019 In celebration of Black History Month we d like to give you the chance to win a finished copy of QUEENIE by debut novelist Candice Carty Williams NAM In celebration of Black History Month we d like to give you the chance to win a finished copy of QUEENIE by debut novelist Candice Carty Williams NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT Queenie has all the things you want in a debut novel a startlingly fresh voice, characters you fall in love with from the very first page, and a joyous turn of phrase that makes this book almost impossible to put down In turns hilariously funny and quietly devastating, Queenie is an important, timely story Louise O Neill, bestselling author of Asking for It They say Queenie is Black Bridget Jones meets Americanah But she stands in her own right nothing can and will compare I can t articulate how completely and utterly blown away I am Black Girls Book Club Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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just in case he wants to reconcile sooner Their break propels the story forward as Queenie faces challenges including microagressions at work, conflicts within her quirky friend group she was bold for throwing her friends into a group chat being that they barely knew one another lol , sketchy men and a tumultuous relationship with her family sometimes beyond her control I can t praise this story enough Queenie is hilarious, complex, raw and eyeopening all in the same breath It was hard to back away from the characters and carry on with my daily activities The character development was so honest and brutally realistic This story is GOLD flag 19 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 26, 2019 Tava tavalava rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 read books, netgalley, e book Queenie is a young black woman whose childhood traumas play out in her adult relationships This books is being compared to Bridget Jones Diary, and honestly that s a terrible comparison The book touches on themes of blackness and black identity, the fetisization of black womens bodies, mental health and specifically mental health within the Black community I would liken this book to a slice of life novel You find out about Queenie in the latter part of the book when she is seeking Queenie is a young black woman whose childhood traumas play out in her adult relationships This books is being compared to Bridget Jones Diary, and honestly that s a terrible comparison The book touches on themes of blackness and black identity, the fetisization of black womens bodies, mental health and specifically mental health within the Black community I would liken this book to a slice of life novel You find out about Queenie in the latter part of the book when she is seeking therapy Otherwise, the character development is pretty minimal Some things occur in the book, that honestly make no sense and could have been excluded This book is a 3.5 star book for me primarily because of the importance of th themes As a black woman I was able to really relate to some of the dialogues and mental anguish that Queenie grapples with Her struggles with on,one dating as a black woman are spot on This is definitely an Own Voices read Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC for m to review flag 14 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Christine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, own 4.5 flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Jenna Bookish rated it really liked it review of another edition My thanks to Orion Publishing and NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.When I first started reading Queenie, I wasn t sure I was going to like it, but boy did she grow on me This novel follows her during a major downward spiral, mostly of her her own making While there are some factors adding to it, such as childhood trauma and racism, for the most part, Queenie is the story of Queenie m My thanks to Orion Publishing and NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.When I first started reading Queenie, I wasn t sure I was going to like it, but boy did she grow on me This novel follows her during a major downward spiral, mostly of her her own making While there are some factors adding to it, such as childhood trauma and racism, for the most part, Queenie is the story of Queenie making a lot of Really Bad Decisions resulting from a mental health crisis.I think the concept of agency is a big part of what made this a really interesting novel Very little happens to Queenie that isn t a result of the choices she makes, but to what extent have her circumstances made those choices for her The triggering event of the downward spiral is the dissolution of a long term relationship coming on the tail of a miscarriage Her childhood has not set her up well to cope with these stressors Queenie s neglectful mother is alluded to early in the story, the full extent of this becoming apparent only towards the end Her sense of self worth at an all time low, her performance at work begins to suffer and she goes on a spree of casual sex with various partners, none of whom are particularly concerned about anyone s pleasure but their own Each poor decision kicks her mental health down a notch, leaving her less and less equipped to turn things around.Structurally, this book mostly takes place in Queenie s present life, occasionally flashing back to her relationship with her ex boyfriend, Tom There are also lots of passages made up of email or text message exchanges I know these are kind of a pet peeve for some readers, but I thought it worked well in this particular novel Queenie sets up a group text with some of her friends, some of whom do not know each other, hoping to compile all of her emotional support into one place Watching her vastly different friends interact with one another as strangers was one of the highlights of the novel for me.Queenie also gets political, which is another thing that can be really hit or miss when it comes to fiction, but Candice Carty Williams ingrained it into Queenie s life and personality really effectively, and it doesn t feel forced into the story The Black Lives Matter movement becomes important to the story, not because the author wants to make use of something culturally relevant, but because Queenie is a young black woman who works in journalism and encounters racism within her own life.It s easy at times in this book to become frustrated with Queenie, as we are joining her in the midst of a breakdown After a while, though, it because apparent that Queenie and her story are well worth a little patience.You can read all of my reviews on my blog, Jenna Bookish Facebook Instagram Tumblr flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 30, 2019 BookOfCinz rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 reads, bookofcinzshelf, caribbean books, debut I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of Queenie by Candice Carty Williams mainly because the main character is a Jamaican I was also drawn to this book because it is being dubbed as Bridget Jones meets Americanah and while I see why that is the case, in some most instances I don t we will get to that soon.We meet Queenie Jenkins a 25 year old living in London who is from Jamaica Queenie s had a lot going for her, especially for a millennial living in one of the most expensive citie I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of Queenie by Candice Carty Williams mainly because the main character is a Jamaican I was also drawn to this book because it is being dubbed as Bridget Jones meets Americanah and while I see why that is the case, in some most instances I don t we will get to that soon.We meet Queenie Jenkins a 25 year old living in London who is from Jamaica Queenie s had a lot going for her, especially for a millennial living in one of the most expensive cities in the world She works at national newspaper, a job she actually likes, she lives with her long time white boyfriend and still manages to have a solid group of friends around her Things begin to fall apart and fast, for Queenie when Tom, her long term boyfriend tells her they need to go on a break a long one We see our main character begin to spiral in ways than one, she messes up constantly at work, her personal relationships are falling apart and her toxic behaviour starts taking a mental toll on herself and those around her.I have a lot of things I want to say, so I will break them up into two parts what worked and what didn t work for me.What Worked The whatsapp group chat with the friends I found worked really well in how it moved the plot along and got us to know about Queenie and her friends I think this was my favorite part of the book if I am being honest I love how real those chat felt, how hilarious they were at times and as a millennial, that part of the book really resonated with me.I particularly loved two themes that the author discussed one being mental health and how it is viewed in a Caribbean and Black community setting I felt it was addressed in a very real way Being from the Caribbean, we can still be very archaic in how we address mental health and those who decide to go to therapy for help are sometimes shunned or seen as bringing embarrassment to the family The author did an amazing job of addressing this issue I also liked that the author explored how black women s bodies are often fetishized This is a topic I don t read a lot about and how we were able to experience that through Queenie felt very real and often times infuriating What Didn t WorkWhile I liked that the author tried explored racial tensions and discrimination, I felt like it wasn t deep enough Maybe I am nit picking because how deep can one go when the main character s life is falling apart and she is engaging in self destructive behaviour However, the race theme felt very by the way because this is current and it would be good to add to the discussion This also applies to Queenie s heritage, I hoped to read about how her Jamaican heritage impacted her overall Aside from her Grandparents and Aunty that were Jamaican it wasn t addressed much.I feel the comparison to Bridget Jones Diary is a long stretch The only thing Queenie and Bridget have in common is that they live in London and are bad at love The writing at times did lend to a Bridget Jones esq feel but that s where the comparison ends Queenie is a way complex character and while the book started out very shallow, things got deeper in the end.Overall this book will be open to a lot of reader interpretation I do see a lot of people either loving it or being underwhelmed it is too hard to not like a character like Queenie I am here for Williams next book because I did enjoy reading this book Queenie will be available for purchase in March 2019 Thanks Orion Publishers for this ARC Full review is on blog flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Katie Taylor rated it really liked it review of another edition oh, Queenie, how you captured my heart this book will find a way to speak to all of you I truly believe that in so many different ways 5 starsscribed as 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 was me in so many ways self doubting, anxiety prone, driven, strong, vulnerable, hurt, political, honest, s oh, Queenie, how you captured my heart this book will find a way to speak to all of you I truly believe that in so many different ways 5 starsscribed as 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 was me in so many ways self doubting, anxiety prone, driven, strong, vulnerable, hurt, political, honest, selfish, too giving, scared, and yet so brave yes, she was all of these extremely conflicting things which is why she was so incredibly relatable her story is an exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today s world which I have found to be so damn excuse my language hard and why I just loved her and at the end of it all, she gets to define her life for HER, and not what others have said or told her.I have been lucky enough to talk with Candice the author about her book, and she is truly outstanding I cannot wait for the rest of you to get your copy this upcoming March so unbelievably appreciative that this got to be my first book of 2019 flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2018 Read In Colour rated it it was ok review of another edition More like a 2 1 2 but I couldn t bring myself to round it up to a 3 Good premise but it falls short flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Janelle She Reads with Cats rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves contemporary literary fiction, 2019, favorites, from publisher, to be reviewed Review to come flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 13, 2019 Anne rated it really liked it I honestly didn t think I was going to like this book so much when I started it Queenie is a Jamaican British 25 year old who s in the process of being dumped by her white boyfriend as the novel opens It s clear she brought this on herself as she s needy, pushy, and also stand offish in the relationship Thinking it s only a break she comforts herself by having random sexual encounters with men who simply want to use her and hurt her physically She slacks off at work and moves in with her g I honestly didn t think I was going to like this book so much when I started it Queenie is a Jamaican British 25 year old who s in the process of being dumped by her white boyfriend as the novel opens It s clear she brought this on herself as she s needy, pushy, and also stand offish in the relationship Thinking it s only a break she comforts herself by having random sexual encounters with men who simply want to use her and hurt her physically She slacks off at work and moves in with her grandparents who are hard on her as well Butthen we discover the reasons behind Queenie s low self esteem and with the support of her friends and a good therapist, it s clear she was doomed from the start because of her circumstances Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, she is determined to begin anew and gains confidence in a new start And ultimately I loved the novel as it was raw, often graphic, but ultimately shows that perseverance can change one who genuinely wants to grow and learn Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 19, 2018 Sarah added it review of another edition I raced through this and thought it was absolutely brilliant Queenie such such a realistic, fully realised character that I feel like I know her in real life The story is brilliantly paced and I honestly can t wait to see what Candice does next flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Jennifer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves simon schuster canada arc, netgalley ebooks The narrator is 25 year old Queenie Jenkins 1st person POV She is a Jamaican British woman The story takes place in London.Queenie works at a newspaper This story basically follows her life and struggles.I had a bit of an issue at the beginning of the book following the style of writing We would be in the middle of a scene and then the author would go to another scene that related to that first scene but took place in the past So the scenes were connected and I guess maybe Queenie was r The narrator is 25 year old Queenie Jenkins 1st person POV She is a Jamaican British woman The story takes place in London.Queenie works at a newspaper This story basically follows her life and struggles.I had a bit of an issue at the beginning of the book following the style of writing We would be in the middle of a scene and then the author would go to another scene that related to that first scene but took place in the past So the scenes were connected and I guess maybe Queenie was reminded of the past But I just found it confusing.This book was easy to read The cover and what the book was about were intriguing It was definitely interesting reading about Queenie s culture and what it was like for her to often be the only black woman in various settings.I really liked the group texts she had with her friends This was a big highlight for me I also really enjoyed reading about her job and her family.Queenie does struggle a lot throughout this book And the author looks at some very tough subjects But I really enjoyed how anxiety and therapy were handled This was a very important part of the book.I think that the last part of the book was probably the strongest for me I did enjoy parts of this book But at times it definitely felt like not that much was happening And I really didn t enjoy all of the men in the online dating But this was a unique and important story.Thanks to netgalley and Simon Schuster Canada for allowing me to read this book flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Lara Blackman rated it really liked it review of another edition Heartwarming, timely and a ton of fun Fingers crossed for a movie or TV show, I d love to see these characters come to life flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 12, 2018 Maxine Bailey rated it really liked it review of another edition This book starts out with a scatter brained young protagonist, Queenie, dealing with her 1st grown up job, relationship problems, and loads of texting with girlfriends to get her through each day The themes of cultural differences, mental health, and gender equality are what make this debut novel stand out Even though I m a woman of a certain age, and not the obvious demo for this book I related to the issues and rooted for Queenie all the way flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Kathrine rated it really liked it Who wouldn t love adorable, reckless 20 something Queenie Jenkins She scrabbles to figure out work, love, sex, and roommates, all while the world comes at her too quickly and the past holds her down.Anyone who s struggled to know who they are, what they want from their spins around the sun, and how to find and keep hold of love can relate Meaning all of us.Though it s also possible to find Queenie entirely irritating at the same time But readers, we re capable of such complex reasoning, aren Who wouldn t love adorable, reckless 20 something Queenie Jenkins She scrabbles to figure out work, love, sex, and roommates, all while the world comes at her too quickly and the past holds her down.Anyone who s struggled to know who they are, what they want from their spins around the sun, and how to find and keep hold of love can relate Meaning all of us.Though it s also possible to find Queenie entirely irritating at the same time But readers, we re capable of such complex reasoning, aren t we Able to hold both things at once, equally Because this book shines in how it addresses the stigma surrounding mental health As an adult Queenie still suffers for the abuse she and her mother have endured at the hands of her stepfather This carries forward into her life in a number of ways, and after a breakup with longtime beau Tom, Queenie falters and needs help Compounding her troubles, she s put on leave at work because of sexual harassment allegations.In the midst of crisis, Queenie moves back in with her grandparents At first, her old fashioned Jamaican British family balks at the idea of Queenie seeking behavioral health counseling When her grandfather offers a show of support he doesn t want her to suffer the way her mother has she s able to get the help she needs and begins to find her way.That Candice Carty Williams also weaves into the story Queenie s responses to what it s like to be the only black woman in a room how her coworkers and lovers alike fetishize her, touch her hair, clumsily try to show her how woke they are also adds to the story s complexity Ultimately, if you can overlook your frustration at the ways that, in her immaturity, Queenie and by extension, we fumble through our early adult years, you ll find that this book is a worthy read I certainly did.Thank you to NetGalley for an Advanced Reader s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Jen LaRowe rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves giveaways I received an advance reader copy of this book through a giveaway Why did this book have to end I was blown away by the sharp writing by Candice Carty Williams She drew me into Queenie s world with a punch to the gut, and I was along for the ride If I didn t have a toddler to chase this book would have been finished in one sitting This book is fast paced, smart, and funny It is so real which is a rarity in literature right now I cannot wait to see what Carty Williams comes out I received an advance reader copy of this book through a giveaway Why did this book have to end I was blown away by the sharp writing by Candice Carty Williams She drew me into Queenie s world with a punch to the gut, and I was along for the ride If I didn t have a toddler to chase this book would have been finished in one sitting This book is fast paced, smart, and funny It is so real which is a rarity in literature right now I cannot wait to see what Carty Williams comes out with next flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Candie rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways, 2018 Loved it so much that I read it all in one day I really felt like I was connecting with Queenie and that she was one of my friends telling me about her life She was so real to me flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Lauren rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction I both liked and didn t like this novel Which is hard to explain, because while there were parts I didn t like it wasn t because the writing or plot was bad It was just because these plot points were sad and depressing and frustrating as a reader for the character to experience.I think this novel is incredibly important and timely in a world where women, especially Black women, are expected to do it all without having any needs of their own, or if they do express those needs they are ridiculed I both liked and didn t like this novel Which is hard to explain, because while there were parts I didn t like it wasn t because the writing or plot was bad It was just because these plot points were sad and depressing and frustrating as a reader for the character to experience.I think this novel is incredibly important and timely in a world where women, especially Black women, are expected to do it all without having any needs of their own, or if they do express those needs they are ridiculed for it Candice Carty Williams is a really talented author she gets it QUEENIE also very importantly examines self confidence and mental health, and the DESPERATE NEED for those who are struggling to seek help I could 100% empathize with this theme and it hit me hard how relatable Queenie s past demons and currents heartbreaks affect her mental well being flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Krystal rated it it was amazing review of another edition Candice Carty Williams s exceptional debut resonates with many harsh truths as a fellow immigrant woman of colour from the Caribbean The character of Queenie will forever live in my heart, especially after nearly a decade as a mental health therapist whose life work often feels like challenging stigma within our communities I devoured this novel in a matter of hours and would recommend it highly to others flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Sade Washington rated it really liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here When my cousin handed over her advanced copy of Queenie to me, I couldn t help but notice the colorful cover, the bright orange background standing out in its own right, but not diminishing the image of the woman that shared its cover Rocking a beautiful braided bun with gold accents that felt absolutely marvelous as my fingers ran across the perforated embroidered hair pieces, Queenie was nothing short of Stylish I had a strong desire to lose myself in its pages before I d even read the synop When my cousin handed over her advanced copy of Queenie to me, I couldn t help but notice the colorful cover, the bright orange background standing out in its own right, but not diminishing the image of the woman that shared its cover Rocking a beautiful braided bun with gold accents that felt absolutely marvelous as my fingers ran across the perforated embroidered hair pieces, Queenie was nothing short of Stylish I had a strong desire to lose myself in its pages before I d even read the synopsis or the ravings of other popular writers such as JoJo Meyers who had absolutely nothing but good things to say about Candice s first novel However, if you are a Romantic and are expecting the usual flair of a Romantic Piece, than Queenie is not the book for you If you enjoy the brokenness of a character, the complete despair or what seems like a total assassination of oneself, one s pride, spirit, and mind, but long for a stallion to sweep in and fix all that has been broken, then again Queenie is NOT the book for you Queenie is comical in some aspects, the dynamic between her and her three best friends, whose only likeness is that they each share a mutual bff, the protagonist of the novel, provided a familiar comfort for me Jumbling in four different personalities with different backgrounds and opinions and calling them all the Corgis, come on, laughter was inevitable The promiscuity of the protagonist wasn t what I d call fun and flirty, it was actually one of the most heartbreaking aspects of the novel in my opinion Queenie s random acts of sexual fluency were anything but satisfying In every encounter with these men, you could sense the character s need for male attention, but her lack of self worth allowed her to permit mistreatment in these encounters I kept asking myself over and over what Queenie got from these experiences Did she get the intimacy that she desired that she d taken for granted in her past relationship with her ex Tom Did she enjoy the act of sex with any of these men Did she love herself Every time I asked myself these questions, my answer was No It was heartbreaking to witness the destruction that followed after Queenie realized that she d spun of control in every aspect of her life That Rock Bottom had finally knocked on her door and she had no choice but to answer That feeling of despair, of the unknowing, I was all too familiar with having experienced something quite similar to Queenie s breakdown myself This Candice, was very relatable and I salute you for bringing to life an issue that many have experienced themselves This novel also addresses interracial dating very strongly as our protagonist has a dating preference to White men Her aversion to black men is not strongly addressed, which if there is a second novel, I do hope that it is explained further I have my opinions as to why Queenie fears black men and feels they do not want her or wouldn t love her as she should be loved, but I will faithfully wait for the writer of this novel to explain In addition, Candice touches on racial inequality, police brutality, and just the qualms of being a black woman in a society where you are not the majority and are not favored I love that Candice was not afraid to incorporate these issues in her novel as these are the everyday livings for most black people, however, Queenies views of black men was quite a contradiction to the BLM spill she was so passionate about It didn t negate my views of the novel or the character as a whole, but it did, prove just how broken our protagonist really was Still the writer gave us some resolution for our protagonist, a little bit of hope that Queenie was becoming a better version of herself in the conclusion She d become independent and less codependent on the affections of men, which was a major improvement I d say All and all, I laughed, I cried, I cursed, and I cried some , but any book that can force me to feel is a damn good one Candice Caryty Williams is agreeably a brilliant writer and I d like to hear of Queenie in future wrights 4 stars Queen 1st review ever by the way flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Nov 30, 2018 Ruth rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary Thank you to Gallery Scout Press and Simon Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 5 starsQueenie is a 25 year old British Jamaican woman who lives in London and works at a newspaper The story begins with her and her long term boyfriend Tom deciding to take a break As Queenie struggles to accept that the break they re on is actually a full blown break up, she goes looking for comfort in the arms of a string of men who are only aft Thank you to Gallery Scout Press and Simon Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 5 starsQueenie is a 25 year old British Jamaican woman who lives in London and works at a newspaper The story begins with her and her long term boyfriend Tom deciding to take a break As Queenie struggles to accept that the break they re on is actually a full blown break up, she goes looking for comfort in the arms of a string of men who are only after her for her body, or worse, the novelty of being with a black woman As Queenie continues to spiral, her career and friendships start falling apart and with a tough loving Jamaican family that doesn t believe in mental health issues, Queenie struggles to find, and then accept, the support she needs.What I liked most about this book was that it was very raw Carty Williams doesn t shy away from telling it like it is She shines a light on all the crap black women face in dating, in the workplace, and everywhere else and also talks about mental health stigma in black families It s powerful to see this representation on the page In some ways it s a tough book to read because Queenie s experiences are so real, but as heartbreaking as this book is, it s equal parts hilarious, tender, and sweet I d recommend this book to women in their 20s and 30s and or people interested in mental health and feminism flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Molly Riportella rated it really liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Thanks to Gallery Scout Press and Edelweiss for the review copy Carty Williams debut novel, QUEENIE, will be one of the top picks of 2019 Queenie is a professional 25 year old British Jamaican woman working at one of London s national newspapers, who is blindsighted by her breakup with Tom, her white boyfriend of three years While trying to gain control of her life, Queenie is forced to confront the ugliness in her life the racism casual and overt , her anxiety and depression that is worsen Thanks to Gallery Scout Press and Edelweiss for the review copy Carty Williams debut novel, QUEENIE, will be one of the top picks of 2019 Queenie is a professional 25 year old British Jamaican woman working at one of London s national newspapers, who is blindsighted by her breakup with Tom, her white boyfriend of three years While trying to gain control of her life, Queenie is forced to confront the ugliness in her life the racism casual and overt , her anxiety and depression that is worsening at an alarming rate, and past trauma that is impacting all of her relationships Queenie must both accept the things she cannot change, but also take responsibility for how the rest of her life will go Cart Williams writing is animated and intimate this is a fast and entertaining read, but the racism, sexism and mental health are featured with the full weight of their impact no false bravado and no glossing over QUEENIE is an important novel because this is a story that shows how the fetishization of black women impacts everyday lives This book also does a good job describing how ineffective good intentions are in this story, white liberal friends when there is an assumption of understanding where one can never understand An important and highly recommended read flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Kelsey rated it really liked it review of another edition So the Bridget Jones comparison really threw me off This is not I m sad but in a quirky way Even though there were some hilarious moments, it was for the most part pretty dark, and a lot of the scenes when Queenie was at her lowest were difficult to get through Weirdly I think one of the things it succeeded most at is recreating the frustration you feel when dealing with a seriously depressed loved one Watching Queenie do some of the shit she does is maddening and upsetting and your empath So the Bridget Jones comparison really threw me off This is not I m sad but in a quirky way Even though there were some hilarious moments, it was for the most part pretty dark, and a lot of the scenes when Queenie was at her lowest were difficult to get through Weirdly I think one of the things it succeeded most at is recreating the frustration you feel when dealing with a seriously depressed loved one Watching Queenie do some of the shit she does is maddening and upsetting and your empathy is seriously tested, even though she s obviously in a very dark place and needs help It also hit the MEN ARE TERRIBLE theme pretty hard which is of course accurate but nonetheless depressing But seeing her claw her way out was totally believable and great And many of the characters are absolute gold flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Shan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 I really, really enjoyed this book A British Jamaican main character who I fell in love with instantly, a book that isn t afraid to tackle the tough issues while still maintaining the qualities of a chick lit novel, and authenticity the whole way through The main character Queenie is deeply flawed but so loveable Her friends are the group that everyone needs in their lives The men are shit but we all know men like that I love everything that the author has put to the page here, the trials a I really, really enjoyed this book A British Jamaican main character who I fell in love with instantly, a book that isn t afraid to tackle the tough issues while still maintaining the qualities of a chick lit novel, and authenticity the whole way through The main character Queenie is deeply flawed but so loveable Her friends are the group that everyone needs in their lives The men are shit but we all know men like that I love everything that the author has put to the page here, the trials and anxiety that young women face, the strength that it takes to face it all head on, the way she shows that there is no shame in seeking help and also no shame in putting yourself first This is one to watch for in 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Megan rated it really liked it Queenie was a tough read TW sexual violence The friendships in this book make it worth it but it requires navigating a whole lot of reading about awful men It takes a long time, but this book excels in character development and in creating a cast of fully realized characters Thanks to netgalley for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Katie rated it liked it review of another edition I would like to thank Scout Press and for the opportunity to receive an advance copy of this novel I read Jojo Moyes s blurb about it and was excited to read the novel However, I think the book is most directed to a younger, urban readership As a senior in a rural area, I found much of Queenie s experiences to be sad rather than funny Heartbreaking at times, yes Queenie s angst is palatable and while I could feel an empathy for her, she wasn t a character with whom I could tr I would like to thank Scout Press and for the opportunity to receive an advance copy of this novel I read Jojo Moyes s blurb about it and was excited to read the novel However, I think the book is most directed to a younger, urban readership As a senior in a rural area, I found much of Queenie s experiences to be sad rather than funny Heartbreaking at times, yes Queenie s angst is palatable and while I could feel an empathy for her, she wasn t a character with whom I could truly relate This is on me, not the author.I found it a difficult read due to the lack of a smooth linear progression in the story After the first hundred pages the cadence became easier to me though I m glad I read it because it made me realize how difficult the lives of young women are today I was thankful for the feeling of hopefulness at the conclusion flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Emma Herrman rated it it was amazing review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My obsession with Giveaways continues I honestly think, of the collection I have started to create, this book has got to be one of my favorites It has so much to unpack Let s start at the beginning Queenie is a young 20 something living in London who just went through a bad break up Well, I mean, its kind of an ambiguous break up Like the, let s take a break and see where we re at in three months kind of break up Her world, once revolving around this boy Tom, is now in a whirl My obsession with Giveaways continues I honestly think, of the collection I have started to create, this book has got to be one of my favorites It has so much to unpack Let s start at the beginning Queenie is a young 20 something living in London who just went through a bad break up Well, I mean, its kind of an ambiguous break up Like the, let s take a break and see where we re at in three months kind of break up Her world, once revolving around this boy Tom, is now in a whirlwind In order to try to find her identity, Queenie finds solace in pretty much any guy who is willing to sleep with her I m going to break this down into three parts The Relationships Relationships in this book are fascinating As I stated earlier, Queenie finds, and sleeps with, pretty much any man who would have her in order to cope with her break up, but those aren t the only relationships that matter in this book Queenie has three very distinct friends who do their best to help her when she s beginning to spiral out of control I honestly can t think of a book I ve read where each supporting character has their own unique voice There s Darcy, Queenie s work friend She s often the voice of reason in Queenie s life Many times she s the one trying to get Queenie to step back, take a break, and take a breath Want to add a caption to this image Click the Settings icon.There s Kyazike, Queenie s family friend Of the three she s probably my favorite simply because she s always pushing Queenie to try new things, but she s there for support when Queenie needs it and boy does she need it I doubt this is who Carty Williams had in mind, but I just kept picturing Awkwafina in this role Then there s Cassandra Cassandra is a tough one She s very hard on Queenie, which sometimes is what Queenie needs, but occasionally she s a little too hard I went back and forth several times in the novel There were several times where Queenie was being a certified idiot about her situation and the tough love was warranted, but most times I wanted to jump into the scene and tell Cassandra to pump the breaks a little bit and back off.Finally, there s Queenie s relationship with her family Carty Williams never officially goes into what happened in Queenie s childhood, but she does hint that Queenie s mom s abusive boyfriend traumatized her as a kid which resulted in Queenie s mental state at this point in her life Understandably, this results in a very strained relationship with her mother and it s really interesting to watch this relationship play out You can almost feel the utter desire Queenie has to reconnect with her mother simply so that she has someone to talk to when things start going way south On the other side of that same coin is Queenie s relationship with her grandparents which I want to get into in this next section.The Culture I have a confession to make I have not been very good at reading books that feature characters who don t look like me a white girl I ve honestly never really realized that that is something that I needed to change until recently But when I think about it its pretty obvious that that needs to change How else are we supposed to grow as a society if we don t learn about other cultures Queenie is a Jamaican British woman living in London When her life starts to spiral out of control and she makes the decision to seek help, her grandparents are embarrassed of her I think Carty Williams does a great job of showing the ups and downs of seeking help Queenie s spiral felt very real and visceral to me I felt the anxiety she felt when she thought she was going to lose her job I felt the hopelessness she felt when she started to cut herself off from her friends and family I felt her desperation when Tom dumps her Though SIDE NOTE Tom is a piece of trash Queenie is totally better off without him Finally, I want to talk about Author Candice Carty WilliamsThe Stigma I think Carty Williams does a great job talking about the stigma of seeking help for your mental health Like I stated earlier, we get to see the repercussions seeking help have on Queenie s relationships both with her friends and her family However, we also get to see the beginning of her recovery I think the scenes where Queenie meets with her therapist are probably some of the strongest scenes in Queenie The readers really get to see the steps she s taking to becoming healthy again and I honestly think its very moving I appreciate that Carty Williams doesn t end the book with this beautiful bow where Queenie is all better because a lot of times that s not the case Mental illness really is just a roller coaster and I think Queenie does a great job of showing that.Final Thoughts Usually when a book is all about a woman losing her mind over some kind of heartbreak I roll my eyes I don t need books about how a woman can only exist with a man in her life However, I didn t get that feeling with Queenie I got the sense that this breakup was merely the trigger for lurking memories Queenie had repressed to reserface Yeah, it sucks that her trash ex boyfriend is who she idolizes in her brain for a majority of the book, but I think it adds an interesting side to her story Another note, this book has some pretty graphic descriptions of rough sex It wasn t as though it was every itty bitty detail about what was going on, but it was enough detail to make me wince while reading it There is also some language that might affect survivors of sexual assault Queenie describes the sex she has with this man in such a passive way Like there are several sentences that sound like she s pretty sure she doesn t like it, but she also doesn t want to tell him to stop Even after, when she goes to whatever the equivalent of Planned Parenthood is in London, the doctor she meets with tells her that she looks like a survivor of sexual assault Like holy shit My heart breaks even for Queenie.That being said, when Queenie starts to turn her life around and gets back at the people who mistreated her, I wanted to stand up and cheer I was really happy to see this woman, who had fallen so low was rising like a phoenix from the ashes Again, she wasn t completely 100% and there s a possibility that she never will be, but I think Carty Williams did a great job of proving that there is hope of getting better.Long Story Short This book comes out in March Don t forget to read it Mental health is so important Take some time for yourself.Branch out and read new things Learn about something you didn t know before.My Rating 5 5 flag Like see review Nov 21, 2018 Kim rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, queen anne book co, self perception Indie bookstore ARC.Oh my gosh, y all, who is this mad genius Candice Carty Williams I started this book feeling it was a 20 something post break up solidarity book that was mostly light hearted with some genuinely useful and well done education about casual racism for white readers And it is that But by the time I was done, a whole bunch of things I keep under lock and key had gotten lock picked on me so that everything was all open and vulnerable and I wanted to spend the night writing senti Indie bookstore ARC.Oh my gosh, y all, who is this mad genius Candice Carty Williams I started this book feeling it was a 20 something post break up solidarity book that was mostly light hearted with some genuinely useful and well done education about casual racism for white readers And it is that But by the time I was done, a whole bunch of things I keep under lock and key had gotten lock picked on me so that everything was all open and vulnerable and I wanted to spend the night writing sentimental letters to friends and family while wrapped in my Steven Universe blanket I ve felt like this a few other times after watching the movie Boys on the Side for the first time the first time I saw Michael Franti and the Spearhead live Empty and over full.By getting indignant for Queenie, I also got indignant for myself By celebrating her journey, I also celebrated mine.It was exactly the right number of characters so that I didn t get lost, and all of them were so fully formed, so fabulously flawed, that I kept forgetting I was even reading a book.On the meta level, I loved the bright eyed and unapologetic challenge to old faux pas that just never should ve been miscarriages, IUDs UK coils , mental health, etc and all of the small details that challenged the idea of normal, like a male friend worrying he ll tan too much and his skin won t match the foundation he loves A lot of authors tend to belabor their points but Carty Williams always gave me exactly enough so that, as I put the final piece in place on my own, I would feel good about myself as a reader I m always in awe of authors who succeed at that flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Staci rated it did not like it review of another edition Queenie, a British born Jamaican woman, is fresh out of a long term relationship with Tom, her white, now ex boyfriend The majority of this novel is spent on Queenie s nosedive down a very steep path of self destruction The narrative alternates between her current circumstances and flashbacks of her relationship with Tom.This novel felt like a first draft to me, everything needed fleshing out The character development was minimal While there were many important racial issues introduced po Queenie, a British born Jamaican woman, is fresh out of a long term relationship with Tom, her white, now ex boyfriend The majority of this novel is spent on Queenie s nosedive down a very steep path of self destruction The narrative alternates between her current circumstances and flashbacks of her relationship with Tom.This novel felt like a first draft to me, everything needed fleshing out The character development was minimal While there were many important racial issues introduced police brutality, gentrification of black neighborhoods, white privilege , there was not adequate time spent developing any of them It was like reading cliff notes on racial issues in America and Britain Also, I was really hoping for a deeper, insightful perspective on interracial relationships and this novel did not deliver on that subject either I would have to recommend a hard pass on this one ARC was provided by NetGalley and Simon Schuster flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Latkins rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a moving and funny novel about a young black woman in London who finds her life spinning out of control after she splits from her boyfriend She becomes embroiled in a series of unfulfilling sexual encounters with various different men, most of whom treat her badly, and one of whom puts her job at a newspaper in jeopardy Despite good support from most of her friends, she s plagued by panic attacks and must revisit her past and her relationship with her mum in order to move forward In s This is a moving and funny novel about a young black woman in London who finds her life spinning out of control after she splits from her boyfriend She becomes embroiled in a series of unfulfilling sexual encounters with various different men, most of whom treat her badly, and one of whom puts her job at a newspaper in jeopardy Despite good support from most of her friends, she s plagued by panic attacks and must revisit her past and her relationship with her mum in order to move forward In some ways, it s similar to Eleanor Oliphant, but Queenie is a very different character to Eleanor She contends with casual racism, misogyny and the gentrification of Brixton She s an inspiring character, and when you come to the end of the book you want it to continue flag Like see review Dec 03, 2018 Dee rated it it was amazing review of another edition Positively brilliant I was completely blown away by this debut 25 year old Queenie Jenkins is navigating a lot She recently went on break from a long term relationship, she can t seem to find her stride at her job with the national newspaper and she s constantly trying to figure out how to navigate the various components of her identity The biggest question of all can she be loved just because, without her blackness being exoticized or caveated Candice Carty Williams debut is a completely Positively brilliant I was completely blown away by this debut 25 year old Queenie Jenkins is navigating a lot She recently went on break from a long term relationship, she can t seem to find her stride at her job with the national newspaper and she s constantly trying to figure out how to navigate the various components of her identity The biggest question of all can she be loved just because, without her blackness being exoticized or caveated Candice Carty Williams debut is a completely fresh voice that shines light on a literary perspective that is frequently overlooked that of young, black women Absolute must read flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        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 speaks than 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 pu 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 speaks than 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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    1. Here s to hoping this book will turn into a movie Queenie takes us on an emotional rollercoaster we begin with a breakup from her long term boyfriend Tom Though it s clear that Tom wants to take the breakup seriously, Queenie sees it as a temporary break and gives him space but not too much, just in case he wants to reconcile sooner Their break propels the story forward as Queenie faces challenges including microagressions at work, conflicts within her quirky friend group she was bold for t Here [...]


    2. Queenie is a young black woman whose childhood traumas play out in her adult relationships This books is being compared to Bridget Jones Diary, and honestly that s a terrible comparison The book touches on themes of blackness and black identity, the fetisization of black womens bodies, mental health and specifically mental health within the Black community I would liken this book to a slice of life novel You find out about Queenie in the latter part of the book when she is seeking Queenie is a [...]



    3. My thanks to Orion Publishing and NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.When I first started reading Queenie, I wasn t sure I was going to like it, but boy did she grow on me This novel follows her during a major downward spiral, mostly of her her own making While there are some factors adding to it, such as childhood trauma and racism, for the most part, Queenie is the story of Queenie [...]


    4. I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of Queenie by Candice Carty Williams mainly because the main character is a Jamaican I was also drawn to this book because it is being dubbed as Bridget Jones meets Americanah and while I see why that is the case, in some most instances I don t we will get to that soon.We meet Queenie Jenkins a 25 year old living in London who is from Jamaica Queenie s had a lot going for her, especially for a millennial living in one of the most expensive citi [...]


    5. oh, Queenie, how you captured my heart this book will find a way to speak to all of you I truly believe that in so many different ways 5 starsscribed as 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 was me in so many ways self doubting, anxiety prone, driven, strong, vulnerable, hurt, political, honest, s oh, Queenie, how [...]



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