Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams Review
Have you ever had a friend who has acted recklessly? Whether that be dating f**kboys from Tinder, drinking a bit too much or doing anything else that harms them. Naturally, as their friend - you want to shake them and bring them back to the realisation that they are hurting themselves, not healing. Reading Queenie was exactly like that experience.
Many people actually dislike Queenie through the book because of her reckless behaviour, however, I felt sorry for her as I saw that she was acting out to distract from a lot of pain.
The story follows Queenie Jenkins, who's life seems to be heading in a downward spiral. Her career and personal life both take a knock and the story follows her trying to navigate through the chaos that is presenting itself. Whilst also working through these issues, she's trying to also navigate through a mix of cultures and toxic relationships.
I gave Queenie a 4/5. I thought it was an incredibly complex story that kept me hooked, with Queenie being such a memorable character in particular.
This book is more than just a woman struggling through life (which is why I dismiss a few of the Bridget Jones comparisons) - this story also explores issues with race, identity and mental health. Whilst Carty-Williams takes a light-hearted approach in her discussion of these topics, there were still particular segments of the book that delivered quite a blow to me.
I think Queenie is an important book to read, as well as an enjoyable work of fiction. It is as much insight into race and class diversity in the UK as it is a story of a heartbroken girl.
"It's saying that black lives, at this point, and historically, do not and have not, mattered and that they should!"
I highly recommend Queenie to anybody because I think the discussions this book raises around mental health, race and class are discussions that need to be had.
Have you read Queenie? Let me know what you thought of it!