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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781501196010
Branch Call Number: CAR
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 16, 2021

I really enjoyed reading this novel!!! The main character was realistic, funny, and charming. I felt like I could really relate to the main character considering that I have friends that have faced the same exact dilemma that the main character has. I really enjoyed the relationship that Queenie had with her girlfriends and her family. 4 1/2 stars for me. A definite read.

Nov 22, 2020

S. Irby recommend

Oct 22, 2020

This is "pop" fiction and not really that funny. A disappointment.

Sep 21, 2020

Right from the start you are pulled into this bold, honest, realist journey of a woman on a break from prince charming. She thought she would get away unscathed by kissing a few frogs, but she is cursed from her not-so-fairy-tale upbringing to persue men who fetishize and use her. She discovers down the road that her happy ending lies in healing her relationships with her friends, family, and (most importantly) herself.

LPL_MaryW Sep 01, 2020

I love Queenie with my whole heart. It's earned its rank as one of my favorite books to date. It centers on Queenie, a twenty-five-year-old newspaper staffer who's going through quite the rough patch. Among boy troubles times infinity, she breaks down, eventually examining her relationship with sex, self, and more, having overcome the immense stigma around talk therapy within her British Jamaican family. As Queenie learns to cope with her anxiety and get her life back on track, readers are reminded that it's okay not to be okay. Equally funny and emotional, Queenie can't be beat.

Jul 21, 2020

Could not put down. While nothing seems to go right for Queenie, you feel it in the author's writing that she is just a seed waiting to burst out and bloom. A reminder that all people have that power in them, even in the worst of circumstances.

Beaverton_JennieC May 15, 2020

Hilarious and heartbreaking, you’ll root for Queenie even as you cringe at her not-so-wise choices. At the onset of the story, Queenie, a 20-something Jamaican British woman, is dumped by her long-term boyfriend. Things head downhill fast, but as they say about rock bottom, you can only head up from there.

Feb 14, 2020

A bit offensive with bad life choices, but keep reading to understand her character more. It's a good book for a cold night or weekend in the house!

Dec 10, 2019

This book is so bad I’m not sure where to begin... The title character, Queenie, is painfully oblivious and glutton for the worst punishments. She is too dense to realize that her white boyfriend has broken up with her —if a person kicks you out of your shared living space then they’re so done with you. She idealizes white men yet repeatedly chooses the most abusive ones; her boyfriend that she wanted back so badly was trash— he blamed her when his uncle and brother were blatantly racist and never took up for her, yet she never saw this as a fault. She vilifies Black men based on her mother’s one ex. Her Black father is nowhere to be found and apparently got her mom pregnant as he was cheating on his wife. She stereotyped her one Black girl friend as being vapid, materialistic. Her Black Jamaican mother was annoying as was the rest of her Black Jamaican family. (There were 2 touching moments with her grandfather tho.)
Nothing about Queenie was endearing nor made me want to root for her, yet I did, but she still didn’t ultimately “get it”. She was lazy and irresponsible at work. I could go on and on but I’m so exhausted just from what I’ve written here. This book was a huge let down.

Nov 27, 2019

Man, there is a lot of bad sex in this novel. Lots of bad sex. Lead character is a bit of a mess but endearing and singular (a Jamaican-born black woman living in London).

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Sep 21, 2020

Queenie is on a break from her current relationship with her prince charming. As their time apart increases she is unpacking unsavory memories, actions, and behaviors from both sides of the fence. She felt as if she had to keep quiet about the racist comments his family made, and bottle it up until she lashed out at a man who only wanted to share her burden. He defended his family, and did not communicate his needs to her. As she struggles to put together the pieces, he has moved on.

While waiting for prince charming Queenie peruses any man who gives her attention; who fetishize her black body, and make racist comments towards her. As she navigates her relationships, she dredges up the past; instead of healing, she blames her toxic behavior as its byproduct.

When she is on the verge of losing her friends and job, she must push to go to therapy, and heal (despite her family's objections). She eventually discovers that she is a Queen who doesn't need her prince charming, and to speak up when she is being discriminated against.

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