Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams

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Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

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.

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.

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Racism (14 reviewers), Panic attacks/disorders (12 reviewers), Sexual violence (12 reviewers), Sexual content (11 reviewers), Mental illness (8 reviewers), Toxic relationship (6 reviewers), Sexual assault (6 reviewers), Emotional abuse (6 reviewers), Miscarriage (5 reviewers), Sexism (5 reviewers), Domestic abuse (5 reviewers), Racial slurs (3 reviewers), Body shaming (3 reviewers), Physical abuse (3 reviewers), Misogyny (2 reviewers), Police brutality (2 reviewers), Rape (2 reviewers), Infidelity (2 reviewers), Child abuse (2 reviewers), Violence (1 reviewer), Medical trauma (1 reviewer), Grief (1 reviewer), Medical content (1 reviewer), Eating disorder (1 reviewer), Self harm (1 reviewer), and Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer)

Moderate

Racism (7 reviewers), Sexual violence (5 reviewers), Child abuse (5 reviewers), Domestic abuse (5 reviewers), Miscarriage (4 reviewers), Toxic relationship (4 reviewers), Sexual content (4 reviewers), Racial slurs (4 reviewers), Panic attacks/disorders (2 reviewers), Rape (2 reviewers), Infidelity (2 reviewers), Fatphobia (2 reviewers), Violence (1 reviewer), Alcoholism (1 reviewer), Medical content (1 reviewer), Misogyny (1 reviewer), Police brutality (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), Sexual assault (1 reviewer), Sexism (1 reviewer), Body shaming (1 reviewer), Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer), Hate crime (1 reviewer), Mental illness (1 reviewer), and Gun violence (1 reviewer)

Minor

Domestic abuse (3 reviewers), Child abuse (2 reviewers), Miscarriage (2 reviewers), Physical abuse (2 reviewers), Sexual assault (2 reviewers), Suicidal thoughts (2 reviewers), Suicide (2 reviewers), Alcoholism (1 reviewer), Eating disorder (1 reviewer), Emotional abuse (1 reviewer), Racial slurs (1 reviewer), Sexism (1 reviewer), Sexual content (1 reviewer), Police brutality (1 reviewer), and Grief (1 reviewer)


Moods

emotional 85%
funny 66%
hopeful 43%
reflective 42%
dark 39%
sad 29%
inspiring 23%
challenging 21%
tense 10%
lighthearted 7%
informative 6%
adventurous 2%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 72%
fast 22%
slow 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 59% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 1% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 2% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

Average rating

3.92
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