Queenie is a twenty-five-year-old Black woman living in south London, straddling Jamaican and British culture whilst slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white, middle-class peers, and beg to write about Black Lives Matter. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie finds herself seeking comfort in all the wrong places.
As Queenie veers from one regrettable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be? – the questions that every woman today must face in a world that keeps trying to provide the answers for them.
I am a bit late to the party for this book but it doesn’t matter as I have read it now. I was intrigued to see what all the hype was about regarding this book. The main character is a black woman so it was interesting to get her views and her experiences. There is a lot of sex and lots of details going into it which put me off slightly as it was a bit too much for me, everyone in this book felt familiar as in the way her friends, family and colleagues have been written. I did feel for Queenie on some occasions and seeing what she sees and hears every day was quite sad and hit me hard. I did find some bits funny too. I am glad I have read it and I look forward to reading more by Candice.
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