Book Review – Queenie

Book Title: Queenie

Author: Candice Carty-Williams

Genre: Novel

Publisher: Orion

Year: 2019

Pages: 400

Format: Kindle

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


“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 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.”


There are really not enough words to explain how I feel about Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, but I will try my very best!

I honestly do not feel like I have connected so much to a fictional character before in my life, I really was not expecting this. I sit here writing this review after finishing two other books, and I am still thinking about Queenie. I miss Queenie, I want to read more Queenie. To be honest, I will probably just re read it in the next few months anyway!

I instantly just wanted to be Queenie’s friend and part of “The Corgis”, I felt everything she went through, heartbreak, denial and pain. I also did feel a little bit of frustration seeing her go through the cycles that she was unable to break away from. She just felt totally real. There was no sugarcoating, the writing was just real. I LOVED Queenie’s family, their undeniable love and support for her, but shown in their own way and also her friends Darcy and Kyazike (especially Kyazike!!). I thought Kyazike’s dating stories were HILARIOUS!

Candice’s writing style was absolutely brilliant. I didn’t even realise how quickly I read the book until I was 70% of the way through. I really did not want the book to end! I loved how connected I felt to Queenie, even though we a totally different people.

Thank you Candice, fro writing Queenie and making this isolation period a lot more bearable.

I highly recommend reading Queenie if you haven’t done so already, or even if you have read it already!!

P.S. take a shot for each time I said Queenie (yes, that one counts 😉).

P.P.S. I’m sorry that this review does not do this book justice.

Author Details

Candice Carty-Williams is a writer and author of the Sunday Times bestselling QueenieQueenie has been described as ‘vital’,’disarmingly honest’, and ‘boldly political’, and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads Book of 2019, as well as selected as the Blackwell’s Debut of the Year. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, the first inclusive initiative of its kind in book publishing. Candice has written for Guardian, i-D, Vogue International, every iteration of the Sunday Times, BEAT Magazine, Black Ballad and more. She will probably always live in South London.

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