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Queenie

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,673 ratings  ·  802 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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Emily May
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2019
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 e
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Jazmen
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don’t think I’ve been this disappointed in a book in quite some time.

I’m disgusted.

Queenie with all of its rave reviews never hints at the alarming and problematic content.

Queenie is a twenty-something-year-old Jamaican woman—who is just about at her wit’s end. She’s messing up at work, and her boyfriend of two to three years just dumped her. Her white boyfriend of two or three years—this is significant.

I want to be as clear as possible, but I don’t want to be completely spoiler-y. However, so
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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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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 Brit
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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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Kate Olson
[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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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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 Bridget
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
In Candice Carty-Williams' debut, Queenie, she explores the life of a young black British Jamaican woman. The eponymous novel's main character faces choices where we see immediate consequences. 

What can I say about this book? Every word hit home, even though I'm from a Generation Xer and the main character is clearly a younger millennial. I found common ground with a woman with issues, not unlike those I experienced in my younger years. While she lives in London (My favorite international city,
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Tava | tavalava
Queenie is a young black woman whose childhood traumas play out in her adult relationships. This books is being compared to Bridget Jones’s Diary, and honestly that’s a terrible comparison. The book touches on themes of blackness and black identity, the fetishization of black women's bodies, mental health and more specifically mental health within the Black community.

I would liken this book to a slice of life novel. You find out more about Queenie in the latter part of the book when she is seek
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Esil
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars

My enthusiasm for Queenie grew as I was reading. Queenie is 26 years old, living in London, of Jamaican background and her life is one hot mess. She and her boyfriend Tom are on a halt — or so she thinks. In the aftermath of the breakup, she has extraordinarily bad judgment when it comes to having sex with nasty men. Not to mention that work is going badly, her living arrangement sucks, and her family life is complicated. Thank goodness for strong female friendships and the almost unco
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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.
Jessica Woodbury
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honest truth: this book stressed me the f*ck out, but it was worth it.

At first I was thinking, You know, BRIDGET JONES is a pretty good comp, they're both smart and funny yet make terrible decisions with men. But there's a very big difference between Queenie and Bridget. Queenie lives in the real world. In the real world you don't just make hilariously terrible decisions for no reason, especially when you're a smart and capable person. In the real world you can spin out. In the real world your h
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MissBecka
I was really looking forward to this book.
I think that's what made it all the more disappointing when I started it.
I thought I was going to get a mid twenties woman struggling with everyday life and a group of close girlfriends that help her navigate through it.
It does have some of this (the Whatsapp chats were great), but Queenie is not a strong MC and a lot of the situations she gets herself into (more than once) just made me want to slap her.
It was like watching a horror movie where the "dam
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Jennifer
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a book that I was really looking forward to reading. Everything from the cover to the blurb screamed that this would be a book that I would adore. I started it and was instantly drawn in to Queenie's story but then after a few more chapters I had to admit that I was not loving this book. I carried on and there were points in the middle that I was actively disliking the book. It got better for me in the end but not enough to elevate the feeling of deep disappointment in my chest. I know ...more
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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Jenna Bookish
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Camille
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came at the right time for me. Can draw so many parallels between myself and Queenie...
Arlene
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, readsoullit
I don’t think this book can be for everyone. But I freaking enjoyed it! It was funny and realistic, I can definitely see the similarities between this and Bridget Jones’s Diary with Insecure mixed it.

Queenie, our main character is deeply flawed and partakes in some very self sabotage/ self destruction ways (and I felt some weird connection with her, I’ve been there 🤷🏾♀)

I’m not Jamaican, but her grandmother reminded me sooo much of my own grandma her tough love made my heart swell and I might h
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Staci
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
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Jaclyn Crupi
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love Queenie (the book and the character) way more than I ultimately did. I hate writing a negative review of this because it had so much going for it but it came up short for me. The use of a whatsapp chat group, text messages and emails worked so well. I laughed out loud several times. The friends and family members were all strong characters but as Queenie unravelled they featured in the narrative less and less. I struggled with Queenie’s complete lack of agency in sex and her wil ...more
Amy
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s a little premature (it's only April after all), but I think Queenie may end up being one of my favorite books this year.

It's funny and charming and cringe-y all at once and I loved every moment of it.

Before I really get into it I think it needs to be stated: This is not about funny dating mishaps. I would say most of Queenie's interactions with the opposite sex are alarming and awful. Not to mention, Queenie makes some very questionable and unsafe decisions.

It’s not the dating that makes
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chantel nouseforaname
I wanted to read this book as soon as I seen the cover months ago and I can say that representation is everything and Queenie has got it in droves!

Queenie is your real world black girl in her twenties and as I stated before, it's so beautiful to have this representation in print. Queenie and her friends are legit all me and my friends, taking turns switching and fitting into each character in this novel. Queenie, Darcy, Kyzaike (Chess-key) and Cassandra are so many things — young, fun, outgoing,
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Ezinwanyi
This book didn't feel like a Bridget Jones-ish book at all. Queenie Jenkins was one hot mess of a twenty five year old daughter of a Jamaican mother and a British father. It took me almost a week to get through this book as well as a couple of bottles of moscato too.

From the beginning of the book, Queenie started off in crisis. Queenie's longtime boyfriend asked her for some space as he wasn't sure about their relationship and that caused Queenie to feel lost. She expressed that she didn't know
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Michelle
3.5 stars
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