After her boyfriend asked her to leave their apartment Queenie is lost and unsure what to do with herself. While she waits for their “break” to come to an end Queenie tries to get attention wherever she can. Her Jamaican British family don’t seem to hear or see what Queenie is going through so she finds herself making questionable decisions as she tries to navigate her new life and discovering what it means to be a black woman.
Queenie, Queenie, Queenie! Thats the line I kept saying as I listened to this book. Poor Queenie was so lost it was sad but at the same time very relatable. Queenie made bad decision after bad decision and I just kept wondering when it would all come crashing down on her until it did. Queenie was so broken and her friends tried but what Queenie needed was therapy. She had so much trauma and abandonment issues from her childhood that she was holding onto so I could understand why she made the decisions she made.
What I liked about this book was how Candice Carty-Williams addressed mental health and the stigma people have about getting therapy. I was glad Queenie sought out therapy but it was sad how her grandmother responded to it.
I also liked the BLM British perspective. Queenie being affected by police killings in America in London was a new perspective for me that I enjoyed reading about. I also loved that she wanted to use her platform to discuss the issues and that she continued to try even when she was told no!
This book started off very slow to me. I tried twice to read the book then gave up, the third time I decided to try with audible and enjoyed the accent so I was able to get into it. I still wasn’t fully captivated by the story but I did want to see where things ended with Queenie. There were a lot of micro-aggressions in this book, even from one of her friends, and it was a bit much at times. I was left with a bad taste in my mouth about how British men view black women. I found myself yelling at Queenie to stand up for herself because she just let people say anything and it made me mad. Also I couldn’t stand her friend Cassandra and she got off way to easy but I guess good for Queenie for being able to forgive!
All in all it was just an okay read for me.