Book Review

Happy Sunday huns! Today we are reviewing Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. I have seen this book floating all over the internet and really wanted to see what all the hype was about so let’s get stuck in!

Meet Queenie.

Journalist. Catastrophist.

Expressive. Aggressive.

Loved. Lonely.

Enough?



This book follows the life of Queenie, a black 20-something year old trying to navigate her way through life while dealing with family, work, relationship and racial issues. We learn about her own struggles with her mental health and how it’s far too taboo a subject to bring up with her family. We get to see her fall into a self-destructive spiral, hit rock bottom and finally find the strength to get the help she so badly needs.

I won’t lie, this book frustrated me A LOT. I was constantly in a state of wanting to give Queenie a good shake and tell her to get her shit together! But at the same time, I was gripped by wanting to see what self-destructive act she was going to indulge in next.

What I liked about this book was that I wasn’t just sat in my room reading it, I was angry, I was sad for Queenie, I was annoyed at how she was handling things… I was feeling. And I think a really good book should make you feel all of these emotions! Otherwise, what’s the point in reading it?

Queenie is really easily read, I practically ate it up because I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next. Was she going to meet the love of her life? Was she going to get the help she so badly needs? Was she going to climb the career ladder and be the successful black woman she so wanted to be? These are the questions that kept me coming back for more.

All in all, I did REALLY enjoy this book. I thought it tackled sooo many topics that a lot of people would rather sweep under the rug and given the state of the world at the mo, I think that makes for a pretty damn good book!

Have you read Queenie? What were your overall thoughts?

Until next time…

C.

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