Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Narrated by: Shvorne Marks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: March 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 9 hrs 45 mins
Find It: Audible
Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break. Well, apart from one from her long-term boyfriend, Tom. That’s just a break, though. Definitely not a breakup.
Stuck between a boss who doesn’t seem to see her and a family who don’t seem to listen (if it’s not Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested) and trying to fit in two worlds that don’t really understand her, it’s no wonder she’s struggling.
She was named to be the queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life?
A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on modern life, Queenie will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way.
Perfect for fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn O’Porter and anyone who loved Fleabag and Dear White People.
My Thoughts on Queenie
Queenie Jenkins has seen life.
When we first meet Queenie, she’s going through a lot. I mean, her live-in boyfriend wants to take a “break” (Am I the only human who can’t figure out how people do this by the way? Once I hear “break”, it’s over. Right?) and she has to find a new place to live amongst other things.
It doesn’t take long before Queenie enters a spiral that involves lots of casual sex with as many random humans as possible, a shitty workplace entanglement, several visits to the “sexual health clinic” and general self-sabotaging choices. Through it all, she has to retain her sanity, manage family drama, girlfriends and finally contribute something valuable at her job. In short, Candice Carty-Williams has written an ode to millennial adulting.
For Queenie though, there are only so many ways you can lie to yourself and after hitting rock bottom in the most spectacular fashion, she’s forced to face her demons and confront the self-destructive patterns that seem to appeal to her even when she knows better.
I particularly enjoyed the approach taken to address dealing with mental health in Queenie. Especially since black people, everywhere you find them, seem to have a phobia for treating mental illness. Let it not be heard that you are not “strong” enough to persevere through everything life throws your way.
I waited for months to listen to this book because I wanted to read it in paper format. That didn’t happen thanks to our beautiful postal system but it may have been for my good in the end.
Shvorne Marks breathed so much life into Queenie, I can’t imagine not experiencing it. She deserves all her accolades.
This book hit all the right spots for me. If I used a star rating system, it would get all the stars but I don’t, so Queenie gets Beyonce.