So, I am just going to say straight off the bat: This Book Is Amazing. As a woman of color. Especially an Afro-Caribbean woman it is so refreshing to read a story of a character that reflects a lot of the things that I go though. Queenie as a character is so fleshed out and relatable that it is easy to see her in women that you know. This book is lovely and really hones in on how important taking care of you as a person is before anyone else.
What a wonderful book! A cross between Bridget Jones‘ Diary and the Bell Jar ? I loved Queenie and her dysfunctional life but cheered for her growth. She made me smile as well as cry. A perfect read for right now.
Loved this. Queenie starts off quite annoying and you just want to shake her a bit. Then it subtly morphs into the realisation of mental health concerns, which I think are well explored and genuine. Throw in a few social issues to discuss along the way, by the end I loved Queenie a lot.
This is not your average “main character makes bad decision after bad decision book.” There‘s more depth than typically found in this genre and I really liked how this author developed Queenie as a character. And of course I loved all the British details included as well. I was rooting for Queenie the whole time. 😊
My #top6reads of the first half of 2019 - 3 fiction, 3 nonfiction.
This has been such a weird reading year for me. I‘ve struggled much more than usual to get into any books. So I was pleasantly surprised to find there were a handful of books I had really enjoyed.
I think this book shed some interesting light on how some black woman struggle with feeling like they are not the "right" kind of black. Also, I appreciated the book normalizing therapy and mental health in the black community. Queenie is a black woman in the UK, me, a black woman in the US, and I could relate to many of Queenie's experiences, yet I don't think I really related to Queenie as a character.
#pop19 A debut novel
I‘ll be honest, I really did not like Queenie the first half or so, but she grew on me and so did the book. She‘s incredibly flawed but I appreciate that she by the end readers learn that her biggest flaws are her self esteem and mental health, not her narcissism and bad choices. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Finally starting this gem 💎
I LOVED Queenie! I read that it was a Bridget Jones meets Americanah story and I haven‘t read Americanah but I have to now! I devoured this book, alternating from cringing to crying to laughing to cheering and repeat. Love yourself, find your tribe, forgiveness, don‘t give up, apologize, ❤️
Not quite finished, and not quite sure what I‘m feeling about this one. Have you read it? What did you think?
If Eleanor Oliphant had a Jamaican family and was much more self destructive.
I loved this. But you have to be ok with characters making terrible decisions
Really enjoying this so far. I wish there were contemporary novels set outside of London, but I‘ll just have to enjoy this one while I wait.
This book is being marketed as a comedy, or “women‘s literature,” & OK, I guess there are amusing moments, but mostly the moments are painful, terrifying, horrible, &/or unfair. Queenie, the main character, goes through A LOT in this book, & I eventually had to move from 🎧 to 📚 because I read faster than I can listen and I NEEDED to see Queenie in a better, safer place. Which, dear reader, does sort of happen by the end. But only sort of. 4⭐️.
Just started listening to the audiobook on the commute. 1.5x as always. Great reader, amusing book that nonetheless has some very serious undertones - so far, anyway, an hour and a half in. Here's the Observer review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/16/queenie-candice-carty-williams-rev...
Queenie's likeability comes from her ability to make the same stupid mistakes we all make and continue to make. Candice Carti-Williams does an amazing job of addressing mental health and mental wellness in this novel. She accomplishes this task with a combination of wit and unhindered honesty. This is what a happily ever after in the real world looks like and I'm here for it. Also... I love the read as well!
This was an interesting and at times uncomfortable read. It inspires me to place my old Bridget Jones atop my #TBRR.
But my newfound Littens, for love of Baby Jesus, if this book is turned into a movie remind me not to go with my grownup son!
Hard call on pick or so-so with this one.
Pro‘s: a lot of important topics covered. She gets help, starts to makes changes, learns to stand up for herself.
Con‘s: some things weren‘t really resolved. Although she eventually went to therapy, some topics felt glossed over or got resolved because other people did things. Possibly time constraints but it left things feeling incomplete.
Overall, not bad, but a library read rather than a purchase.
Still reading this. My Mom passed away a week ago and I‘ve just been numb and going through the motions. Picked up a book again to just not think for a while. Hug your Mom and tell her you love her as much as you can... 💔
Having a hard time with this one. I understand Queenie is suffering from suppressed childhood trauma, but her choices are cringe worthy and painful to read. Has anyone read it? Does it get better?
#BookMail Pt1 Kicking off this weeks mail with a beautiful edition from Waterstones.com. The colours are like bubblegum, I absolutely love it! Queenie is a young Jamaican/British woman in London, working at a newspaper & trying to fit in with her mostly white coworkers. After breaking up with her boyfriend, her life gets a bit messy until she realises she needs to work on who she is & who she wants to be. Been compared to Bridget Jones Diary👸🏽
This is between pick & so-so for me. It was certainly well written & I remained eager to find out if Queenie was able to help herself & allow others to help her too. But I didn't like any of the characters which always frustrates me. Also, based on a number of reviews, I was expecting a different story so was always waiting for her to make different choices. I'm glad that it ended with her starting to learn that it's ok to take care of herself.
I don‘t think I have ever read anything quite like this. Queenie is a remarkable character that you will laugh with, cry with, judge, and empathize with. Also discusses mental health in a really fresh, honest way that was all too relatable.