Author: Candice Carty-Williams
Genre/Themes: Contemporary, Drama, Witty, Subversive Comedy, Feminism, Sex, Self-Esteem, Dating, Racism
Blurb from Goodreads
Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break.
Well, apart from one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That’s definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up.
Stuck between a boss who doesn’t seem to see her, a family who don’t seem to listen (if it’s not Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested), and 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?
A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on modern life, QUEENIE will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity, and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way.
So this book basically ripped my heart out and served it to me on a platter. Oh the feels…
Authentic, visceral, honest, painful, hilarious…
And I think what was so brilliant about this book is that Queenie is possibly one of the most relatable contemporary characters that you could ever hope to read about. She feels real. I think that’s what I love the most. She is far from being a perfect human being because she makes seriously dodgy decisions that are pretty shady and at times is borderline narcissistic even… But she is so amazingly likeable in spite of all of this. Not that likability should matter but I just think that writing a flawed character that people can see both the best and worst of themselves in and yet is someone that as a reader you wish you were best friends with is a skill that needs to be praised….
Candice Carty-Williams YOU ROCK SOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!
The storyline follows Queenie as she deals with a break from her boyfriend Tom and struggles at work. And in following both her work and personal life we see how deeply the two are interlinked and how Queenie is affected by past relationships both romantic and business. She has a very unhealthy attitude to sex that stems from self-esteem issues and it’s primarily through her interactions with men that we as readers begin to understand her self-loathing.
I think there’s a lot in this book that anyone who is dating in their 20s, 30s and even beyond can identify with due to how this book confronts our most intimate and hidden of insecurities.
The book is both incredibly hilarious and deeply poignant and is one that I would particularly recommend to book clubs as there is so much in this book that would make for great discussion… be it from the topic of why we need women’s fiction to give a platform on which to raise women’s issues to issues of racism and the societal attitudes towards young black women especially and how they are frequently reduced to a sexualised image.