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Book - 2019
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Queenie Jenkins' boyfriend has asked her to leave their apartment. Her boss doesn't seem to see her. Her Jamaican British family doesn't seem to hear her. Her best friends try to help her. The series of men she meets online treat her hideously...and yet, she doesn't stop seeing them. Queenie is in a spiral. As she careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, as we all do, "What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781501196010
Branch Call Number: Fiction Car
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 24 cm


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Beaverton_JennieC May 15, 2020

Hilarious and heartbreaking, you’ll root for Queenie even as you cringe at her not-so-wise choices. At the onset of the story, Queenie, a 20-something Jamaican British woman, is dumped by her long-term boyfriend. Things head downhill fast, but as they say about rock bottom, you can only head up from there.

Feb 14, 2020

A bit offensive with bad life choices, but keep reading to understand her character more. It's a good book for a cold night or weekend in the house!

Dec 10, 2019

This book is so bad I’m not sure where to begin... The title character, Queenie, is painfully oblivious and glutton for the worst punishments. She is too dense to realize that her white boyfriend has broken up with her —if a person kicks you out of your shared living space then they’re so done with you. She idealizes white men yet repeatedly chooses the most abusive ones; her boyfriend that she wanted back so badly was trash— he blamed her when his uncle and brother were blatantly racist and never took up for her, yet she never saw this as a fault. She vilifies Black men based on her mother’s one ex. Her Black father is nowhere to be found and apparently got her mom pregnant as he was cheating on his wife. She stereotyped her one Black girl friend as being vapid, materialistic. Her Black Jamaican mother was annoying as was the rest of her Black Jamaican family. (There were 2 touching moments with her grandfather tho.)
Nothing about Queenie was endearing nor made me want to root for her, yet I did, but she still didn’t ultimately “get it”. She was lazy and irresponsible at work. I could go on and on but I’m so exhausted just from what I’ve written here. This book was a huge let down.

Nov 27, 2019

Man, there is a lot of bad sex in this novel. Lots of bad sex. Lead character is a bit of a mess but endearing and singular (a Jamaican-born black woman living in London).

Oct 05, 2019

Loved it.

OPL_MichelleC Sep 09, 2019

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this funny and thought-provoking novel. Queenie is both endearing and sardonic as she struggles with identity, family, work, and relationships. Her journey to discover her self and make herself healthy and “normal” is candid and compelling. Queenis is incredibly witty and we learn loads from her experiences as she stands up to others, for others, and finally, for herself.

SPL_Brittany Sep 03, 2019

A fast paced and engrossing novel written in first person narrative that focuses on the life of Jamaican-British 25 year old Queenie and how she struggles to find herself after a devastating breakup with her boyfriend. Told in a sardonic and witty tone with a character that is candid about who is she and the struggles she faces.

Carty-Williams writes a character that feels very real who is trying to navigate dealing with the fetishization of black women and its impact on family, relationships and mental health. Fair warning that there are some explicit scenes that some readers may find uncomfortable.

This novel will appeal to readers who have enjoyed authors such as Chimanada Ngozi Adichie, Helen Fielding and Issa Rae.

Aug 28, 2019

Queenie is suffering from a breakup and not well mentally or physically. She makes a lot of poor choices and suffers even further. In her heart she is a good person. She experienced a painful childhood and ongoing discrimination. The first part of the book is painful to read as you might personally like to stop her destructive behavior. Queenie's outlook improves w/ some help and she ends in a much improved position. If you didn't understand/support Black lives Matter I think you will after reading this book.

Aug 16, 2019

Queenie lives somewhere in the mysterious grey area between fun 'Bridget Jones-esque', and disturbing family abuse story. It almost seems like the author wasn't quite sure what story she wanted to tell. The book is well written, and you feel empathy for the character, who has obviously been through traumatic life situations ... but I found no joy within it. It felt like there was so much more story there, bubbling beneath the surface. Possible that I went in with too high expectations, but I honestly thought it was just fine, but nothing outstanding. Won't make my list of favourite books I read this year, unfortunately.

Aug 11, 2019

Touted as a black Bridget Jones, this is somewhat similar but not quite as funny. Queenie is so obviously a person in need of mental health counseling but her family background and culture does not even acknowledge this as a choice. Queenie is hopelessly in love with a man and at one time, he loved her also and both dreamed and believed in a future with babies. But her own bent for self destruction eventually kills her love for her. Queenie embarks on a sexual spree, choosing men who reinforce her feelings of worthlessness until her career is ended and her depression overtakes her, leaving her near catatonic. The story of Queenie herself is believable but the surrounding cast of friends, family and coworkers is not. They are more like what we would like to believe than actual reality. It was an enjoyable read for the cultural difference between being black in London versus America. The laughs were few but poignant

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