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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  24,140 ratings  ·  3,413 reviews
The painful and comic story of a 25 year-old black woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither.
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published April 11th 2019 by Trapeze (first published March 19th 2019)
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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…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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2019, 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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Roxane
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jazmen
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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
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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
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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.”
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
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Lisa
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tatiana
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carol (Bookaria)
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)
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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
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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
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Rincey
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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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 ...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
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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
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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
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Beverly
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was a real disapointment went in blind BLAH!!! ...more
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.
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Read In Colour
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.
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
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
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Laura
What a terrific book and main character. And cast of characters! Very smoothly written and easy to sink into. Audio performance was also terrific; I enjoyed it more and more as it went on.

This is why I read: For the experience. To experience another country, another culture, to slip out of my shoes and into someone else's for awhile. To laugh, to cry, to totally lose myself. This is why we do this.

I can't believe this is the author's first book! She is already one of my favorite authors, and I
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Umut Rados
I'm afraid it was just not for me. Queenie is just too frustrating.
I do appreciate what the writer tried to do linking this story with the Black Lives Matter movement. However, in my opinion it was not a good example, and I didn't like how she did it.
First of all, the book was a story of Queenie getting over a break up. The boyfriend is white, and he had a racist family who didn't treat Queenie in the right way. I think the story breaks there for me at the beginning. She was making the worst
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Jessica Woodbury
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
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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 ...more
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