[PDF / Epub] ☀ Queenie Author Candice Carty-Williams – Lesmeubles.info
NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF BY WOMAN S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT B Rilliant, Timely, Funny, Heartbreaking Jojo Moyes, New York Times Bestselling Author OfMe Before You Bridget Jones S DiarymeetsAmericanah 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 PlaceQueenie Jenkins Is A Twenty Five Year Old Jamaican British Woman Living In London, Straddling Two Cultures And Slotting Neatly Into Neither She Works At A National Newspaper, Where She S Constantly Forced To Compare Herself To Her White Middle Class Peers After A Messy Break Up From Her Long Term White Boyfriend, Queenie Seeks Comfort In All The Wrong Places Including Several Hazardous Men Who Do A Good Job Of Occupying Brain Space And A Bad Job Of Affirming Self Worth As Queenie Careens From One Questionable Decision To Another, She Finds Herself Wondering, What Are You Doing Why Are You Doing It Who Do You Want To Be All Of The Questions Today S Woman Must Face In A World Trying To Answer Them For Her With Fresh And Honest Jojo Moyes Prose, Queenie Is A Remarkably Relatable Exploration Of What It Means To Be A Modern Woman Searching For Meaning In Today S World 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 leads her to a mental breakdown Does this sound like a Bridget Jones type of fun I didn t think so.Queenie is both easy to read its writing style is very accessible and also hard to read Queenie puts herself in just horrendous situations There is some humor, and good British humor that appeals to me on many levels, and only that humor saves this novel from being a complete pit of misery.Read this for observations about racism, abuse and mental illness stigma The thing that stuck with me the most is Queenie s experience of men who view her as nothing but a sex object, something to enact their sex fantasies upon Their unwillingness to connect with her and see her as a person is soul crushing. 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 expected from a book being compared to Bridget Jones s Diary.Which is why I feel like I need to issue a warning this book goes to some really dark places Bridget Jones is klutzy and embarrassing Queenie is a far complex and real character She is dealing with mental health issues and a post relationship breakdown The decisions she makes like having unprotected sex with lots of different men are clearly not healthy I know some readers will feel frustrated with her behaviour at times, but I also think the author never portrays it as a good thing, and instead honestly portrays a young woman dealing with severe anxiety in the only way she feels she can I think it s a good example of some very serious issues being wrapped up in a book that is full of humour to balance out the sadness.Queenie has just broken up with her long term boyfriend Tom, who is white Through flashbacks, we soon learn that their relationship was pretty messed up from the start, with Tom refusing to defend her against his family s casual racism Queenie doesn t see it that way, though This break up has hit her hard She responds to it by hooking up with guys and having various dating sexual encounters that are a mixture of hilarious and cringy Carty Williams explores dating, anxiety and racism through the eyes of a modern day Jamaican Brit, and she does it all with a sense of humour and no aversion to cringe factor Oversharing at inappropriate moments, dating disasters, and witty badass girlfriends are just some of the sources of hilarity in this book I think the serious issues are actually impactful because of their juxtaposition with the humour and friendship.No, this isn t another Bridget Jones s Diary, but then we re not living in the 90s any either Queenie is bolder, complicated, diverse and ultimately feminist And I see nothing to complain about in that.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube 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 complicated families and learning to let go of things and people that won t serve you well And Queenie is the kind of narrator you cannot help but root for even as she makes infuriating choices Wonderful, wonderful novel full of charm and wit and warmth and energy Check it out. 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, some things I will bring up have to be mentioned to back up my distaste for this novel.I have so many issues with this book, that we don t have enough time to cover them all, but I ll discuss the most glaring ones.While I was proud that this novel featured what appeared to be a plus sized Jamaican woman, she did nothing to deserve my pride.Queenie is a hot mess While the author places the blame on her mental state, it felt like a lackluster excuse Queenie mourns the loss of her Caucasian boyfriend for about 60 70% of the book, and we get to see it through text begging and whining on Queenie s behalf While she struggles to maneuver the breakup we re provided with flashbacks to mostly less than flattering moments between Queenie, her boyfriend and sometimes his parents.One of the most startling situations come in the form of a game of clue While playing clue with her boyfriend and his uncle, the uncle blurts out, There s a nigger in the closet Queenie was offended and rightfully so She looks to her then boyfriend, Tom to defend her which resulted in an argument between the pair Their relationship was a mess Yes, we get to see the good parts, but it s glaringly obvious that they didn t need to be together.I won t dwell on that I m concerned about the after The after that included multiple white sex partners who praised her for her black features and treated her as an exotic place to rest their loins Even frustrating was that she didn t use protection With Any Of Them This resulted in her having to visit the racist sex clinic far too many times She not only faced the prospect of contracting some sexually transmitted disease but also the ridicule of white doctors who felt her behavior expectant of a young black woman It was disgusting not unrealistic, but disgusting.What was most bothersome is Queenie s incessant and unstoppable need to work her way through white men sexually, who showed her zero respect They talked down on her, worked their way through her and discarded her like trash.The author blamed this on her upbringing and her anxiety riddled mind While that s not unbelievable, I truly wished she would have gone about it differently Queenie is also a budding journalist She s been interning at the Daily Read for a few years and has had no significant or meaningful work The author sort of implies it s because she s looked over because she s black and while that s a part of it it s mostly because she sucks at her job.Throughout the book you see Queenie fighting to get through her day struggling with the devastation of a broken heart and her anxiety as explained in the latter half of the book.She fights to write about black people at the paper only to face dismissal by her editor, who is white That whole part of the book was hardly convincing and felt as if it were added on at the last minute.Queenie seemed faux angry about black issues and I could have done without that entire idea altogether She seemed angry and riled up out of obligation But, let s not dwell on that She has a group of best friends that do their best and their worst to help her cope through her breakup and deal with whatever s been lurking in the background.She has two white best friends, and one Ugandan dark skinned best friend, that says things like bruh, and fam repeatedly.Though, her black friend had the most sense I won t get into the fact that her character was very stereotyped I want to wrap this thing up.I thought by the time we got to the healing portion of the book that all of what I had to endure would have been worth it It wasn t.I m still wholly disappointed.As someone who has struggled with anxiety, not clinically diagnosed, but self diagnosed I can totally understand not recognizing the anxiety for what it is.I can also understand how someone might deal with their anxiety in whatever way, they feel comfortable Queenie dealt with everything by having a lot of sex If I felt convinced by it I d be able to excuse it I can t seem to get over her being used and abused by white men so steadily, easily and repeatedly.When her friend suggests she date black men which doesn t fix the root problem Queenie has an almost physical reaction to the idea She mentions something about being afraid or uncomfortable with black men and then it was my turn to recoil The author does not allow the character to explain this, and she definitely needed to You don t drop a bomb like that and leave the room.I really wish I thought to highlight that portion.Even after everything she still chose another white man with whom she wound up arguing about black lives matter with, on the way to sleep with him.It was a mess.While I believe black readers will relate to Queenie s black struggles, the rest is just frustrating and offensive Queenie digs into deep issues discussing micro aggressions in the workplace, the treatment and mistreatment of the black body by doctors and the overall fear of mental work by psychologists and psychiatrists by the black family.I thought it was relatable, no doubt about it, but it wasn t enough It wasn t enough to convince me that Queenie was the character we needed It didn t convince me that black lives mattered.It amplified mental health issues in the black community and how it s dealt with, but it was all surface not digging deep enough to have any kind of real effect.This book was disappointing and unenjoyable, at least it was for me I don t recommend it But to each his own.