Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, review by Hannah Reidell
Meet Queenie, a mid-twenties journalist from London, on the verge of falling completely apart!
At the start of the novel, Queenie seems to have it all - happy home, loving relationship, great friends, wonderful job. But we learn very quickly that all is not quite as rosy as it seems. As the story progresses, Queenie has to deal with a series of challenges that push her catastrophist self to its limits. Relationships deteriorate, and so does her opinion of herself.
Against protests from her British Jamaican family, who are thoroughly against any outside help, Queenie finally seeks the aid of a therapist and begins to rebuild bonds, her life, and most importantly, her love for herself.
This is a beautifully written novel from an incredibly talented writer. It is incredidbly familiar feeling, and will have you laughing, crying and occasionally rolling your eyes in despair as Queenie moves through London and various problems. The story does a good job of tackling various political and current issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, and the objectification of black women, without feeling as though it is lecturing you.
If you enjoyed Bridget Jones or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, or like a strong female protagonist, or just enjoy a really good, well-written book, this is a must for you.