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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  48,628 ratings  ·  5,706 reviews
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 news
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Hardcover, 330 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Orion Publishing
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Tania It was actually directly answered. She talked to Kyazike about it and the therapist. It's from her mother's relationships with men and the violence of…moreIt was actually directly answered. She talked to Kyazike about it and the therapist. It's from her mother's relationships with men and the violence of her stepfather. (less)
Carolyn Fitzpatrick I don't think that the sex was hot at all. Queenie wasn't getting off on it either - she tells her friends that she never experienced an orgasm with a…moreI don't think that the sex was hot at all. Queenie wasn't getting off on it either - she tells her friends that she never experienced an orgasm with anyone. The sex was sad and gross and violent in a one-sided and definitely not sexy way. But it is important to the story to know just how awful Queenie's encounters were, and how she overlooked how bossy and demeaning her sex partners were verbally, to contrast with how she spun these encounters to herself afterward and to establish a pattern.(less)

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Emily May
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, contemporary, arc
He put a hand on my thigh and moved it higher, digging his nails into my skin. That'll be a pair of tights gone.

This book is a bit deceiving. Queenie is such a funny and lovable character, with what I think of as a very British sense of humour. The book opens with multiple scenes that made me laugh and the author quickly builds up a warm and hilarious dynamic between Queenie and her girlfriends ("the Corgis"), and between Queenie and her Jamaican grandparents. This is everything I would have
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Jazmen
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to everyone that has commented on this review whether you agreed or not, in a positive way. Most of you have not. For that, you are in my prayers, because you need a help I cannot offer.

I don’t like this book, and no amount of your ranting will change my mind about that. It is not the wholly Black positive thing you’re claiming it to be. That’s my opinion. Everyone has one.

This review is attempting to ruin the novelty of my coming to Goodreads; to track my reading and talk about book
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Roxane
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of novel whose excellence sneaks up on you. The beginning is kind of rocky and I wasn't sure where the book was going but then it gets great and unputdownable and I held my breath reading as fast as I could to see what would happen to Queenie. This is an amazing novel about what it means to be a black girl whose world is falling apart and needs to find the strength to put it back together. There is so much ground covered here from dealing with anxiety and self-loathing to compli ...more
Cindy Pham
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I empathized a lot with the protagonist and her struggles along with the portrayal of mental health, including the cultural stigma of seeking therapy, how childhood affects the way we treat relationships, how we internalize racism and learn to love ourselves as a WOC, etc. The audiobook narrator also did a great job at bringing the story to life. I struggle to emotionally connect with this book as much as I should, mainly because the progression of the narrative felt disjointed. The first 2/3 of ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 shiny, rebellious, beautiful stars!
As soon as I started this book, I thought I was having a light reading. Because the book is advertised as modern version of Bridget Jones. But after a few pages later, I realized this is deeper, more heart wrenching, darker and twisted story of a young woman who is looking for a tree branch to not fall down from a cliff!
Queenie has really a bad year but it’s not about her broken heart after her breakup or time out with her longtime boyfriend Tom. This is su
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Brown Girl Reading
Queenie is the newest debut sensation coming out of the UK by Candace Carte-Williams. Sadly it was not my cup of tea for a few reasons. Firstly the good things about the book are the writing, especially the natural dialogue, and the fact that Queenie does get that mental health care that she so desperately needs. However as a whole this book is based on too many black women stereotypes. I really feel the author should have toned that down. I'm also not enjoying that this book is being pitched as ...more
PorshaJo
Rating 4.75

I loved this book. Such an unexpected gem of a read. I went into this one blind. I knew nothing about it, I read no reviews. I frequently check out my library for new audio books. I saw this bold orange cover of a book called Queenie. It drew me in. I listened to a sample of the audio. A heavy accent by the narrator. It drew me in. I grabbed a copy of the audio and jumped right in.

Queenie is a hot mess. She's a 26 year old Jamaican woman, living in London, and just completely a mess.
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Why I love it
by Jojo Moyes

I have to confess I have a prior interest in Queenie’s author, Candice Carty-Williams. A few years ago, I created a competition offering up my cottage to an aspiring writer in need of time and space to complete their project. Candice was the first winner, chosen from more than 600 applicants. She had never driven outside London before, and it took her six hours to make a two hour journey (the kind of thing that would happen to her character, Queenie!), but when she arri
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Lisa
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
A tiresome novel that made me cranky. Everything about Queenie screams middle school angst. Queenie and her crew think and act like 12 year olds trapped in 25 year old bodies. Take away some of the sex, replace their jobs with 7th grade classes and you have the tedious dramas of adolescence. I liked the clever use of texts. That's about it.
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4.5 Stars!

He paused and lifted his glasses to wipe his wet eyes. "You're full of fight Queenie. Full of Fight." He turned away and ambled back down the garden path, leaving me standing there unable to process anything he'd said.


This is marketed as "Bridget-Jones" but I want to tell you that this is so much more than that and I mean much more and much more important that that.

Queenie is a twenty-something who is living in London. She is Jamaican and it trying to fit in to both Jamaican and Br
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Rincey
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-author
This book is being pitches as Bridget Jones Diary meets Americanah, but it feels more like Bridget Jones Diary meets Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine with a black lead. I had really conflicted feelings the entire time while reading this book, but I will say that it completely sucked me in and I found it completely compelling, even though I basically spent the entire book wanting to yell at Queenie.
mindful.librarian ☀️
[free review copy] I inhaled this in one afternoon. Two things you need to know:
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1) don’t go into it expecting it to meet that “Bridget Jones” description because it is WAY deeper and at times very emotionally dark. That comparison is deceptive and sets readers up for confusion.
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2) you’ll either LOVE Queenie, or get frustrated with Queenie but if you are in the latter group, maybe quick check yourself and make sure it’s not age or privilege making you feel that way?
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I may write more later or I m
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Jennifer
This book explores individual and collective trauma in all its eye-opening forms. Queenie is such a well-developed and layered character, and when you follow her through this book be very aware of judgments that may arise. You may be frustrated by her choices but allow yourself to learn, understand, and be kind...yes, even toward a fictional character because she represents another. Awareness and hope are beautiful gifts.

My favorite quote:
“You aren’t as alone as you think.”
Tatiana
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
Shelves: 2019, contemporary
Whoever is trying to sell this book as a Bridget Jones alike is misleading people.

If you watch as much British TV, as I do, you would get a better idea if you imagine Queenie as a cross between "Fleabag" and "Chewing Gum."

I wouldn't want you to open this book and expect a lighthearted dating comedy with a ditzy heroine who finds love in the end. What you will find is a woman dealing with her past trauma and her recent breakup by engaging in terrible sex with terrible men, which eventually lead
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BookOfCinz
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
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Amy Imogene Reads
1 star

A book about sexual abuse, invalidating the female experience, and insistent on presenting racial stereotypes is not a positive narrative.

I honestly don't do a lot of 1 star reviews. Normally, if the book is that bad or I can't finish it, I just consider it a DNF, don't rate it, and move on - there are too many good books out there to waste my time on a bad one. But I felt a duty to finish Queenie, as it was lauded as such a sensational book for diverse female representation, and I felt li
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Thomas
Such a relevant book for the millennial era! Queenie, our main character, goes through so many relatable experiences: struggling to find an affordable place to live in a gentrified city, partaking in mediocre to outright awful dates with men, and texting her best friend squad when life goes awry. I loved how Candice Carty-Williams centers the black female experience in Queenie, by showing how Queenie encounters racism in the form of people touching her hair without her consent and her white fema ...more
Carol (Bookaria)
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Compelling, deep, and ultimately heartwarming. 

When I started reading this book, I thought it would be about dating and breaking up in the modern world. But as the story developed, it became clear our main character was walking though a confusing and challenging road. 

I can't say much about the plot without getting into spoilers but I absolutely enjoyed this novel, it was so much more than what it is mentioned in the description. This novel is all about the journey, growing up, forgiveness, and
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Let me make sure y’all have some things straight before we get started. I am not a 20-something. I am not single. I am not British nor am I of Jamaican descent. And yet somehow when it came to this book . . . .



The jumping off point to Queenie’s story might ring a bell to many of you as it derives from a timeless classic . . . .



Except, you know, this show actually has black people in it.

The tagline for Queenie states it is
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Emer (A Little Haze)
So this book basically ripped my heart out and served it to me on a platter. Oh the feels…
Authentic, visceral, honest, painful, hilarious…
Simply genius.

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 b
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Camille
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twice-read
This book came at the right time for me. Can draw so many parallels between myself and Queenie...

Update: I loved this book the second time around. I wish the author delved more into why Queenie felt the way she did about Black men, and her mom's issues. I think a follow-up to this book would be a good idea for the author.
Jessica Jeffers
This book surprised the shit out of me, because the marketing copy led me to believe I was getting something other than what it turned out to be. I even wrote a blurb when I was halfway through this one, thinking that it would be perfect for readers of rom-coms like The Wedding Date.

The marketing copy pitches this as a cross of Bridget Jones and Americanah because it features a quirky, unlucky-in-love black woman who wants to be a journalist covering the Black Lives Matter movement from her Brit
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emma
thank god for character development.

review to come / 3 or 3.5 stars

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"bridget jones' diary meets americanah"

so either i will adore this book and give it 5 stars and think about it constantly, or i will forever be haunted by another quirky protagonist continually spilling coffee on herself and falling into the lap of not only colin firth but hugh grant???

high risk, high reward.

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i am spending this month reading books by Black authors. please join me!

book 1: The Stars and the Blackne
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Amaka
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
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Beverly
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received Queenie free in a Goodreads giveaway! Yay! I am really glad I got it too as it is a compelling story with a lovely cover, Queenie's name is embossed in her braids. There is no face on the cover though and I think the illustrator is being very clever. Queenie does not know who she is and lets others decide for her in most areas of her life.

A coming of age story of a 25 year old woman whose life has come unraveled, Queenie's long term boyfriend has kicked her out of their apartment beca
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Barry Pierce
I want Queenie to be my best friend.
Lisa
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Was a real disapointment😦 went in blind BLAH!!!
Sara
Well this was an utterly brilliant novel, both heartbreaking and funny all wrapped up in the complex life of a twenty-something woman living in London with her Jamaican grandparents.

This was so much more compelling and complicated than I thought it would be, and that’s all because of Queenie. She’s instantly relatable. She’s falling apart, with her life spiralling out of control, going from one casual encounter to another just to feel affection, and I felt every rejection and hurtful comment. S
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Read In Colour
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
Kai
Apr 16, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
DNF at page 142. No rating because I didn't finish it.

I struggled with a lot of things here. Queenie herself. The plot. The dialogue. I've read a lot of reviews that explain that Queenie behaves the way she does because of her mental health. But that didn't exactly make her uncomfortable sex dates, her bad decision-making, her pining after her white ex (who neither understood her struggles nor cared for her) any easier. The dialogue - especially during dates for some weird reason - felt extremel
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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 more 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 ...more

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