Publication Date: March 19,
Genre: AA Lit/Womens Lit
Narrators: Shvorne Marks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Length: 9 hours 45 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio
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 breakup from her White long-term
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
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.
This book had many laugh out loud moments, some moments of horror, sadness and a lot of pain. I loved the characters and thought Queenie's friends were hilarious. The text string they have released a lot of the sadness and pain the book delved into.
We watch as Queenie spirals downward after the separation from her long term boyfriend. Her work suffers, her love life is a mess and she won't deal with the trauma of her childhood. She looks for love in all the wrong places and has a very low sense of self worth. As her life crumbles apart she is faced with going against her family and her culture to try therapy and see if she can get to the root of her issues and heal the rift between herself and her mother.
This is such a good book. I felt her pain of not fitting in, of not valuing herself enough to stand up for herself and letting people change her mind, talk her into things or not feeling that she is worth more than she was getting. As Queenie recovers she starts to find her voice, to stand up for herself, to say no I deserve better. Its a breakthrough and although she may still struggle she is well on her way to great things. I loved the writing and the narrator who brought Jamaica to life through her accent and cultural terms that most people don't ever get to hear.
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