Monday, April 15, 2019

Julie's Review: Queenie

Author: Queenie
Series: None
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Pages: 336
Obtained: publisher
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Bottom Line: Eye opening look at mental health
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Grab

Summary: 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.

Review: What a book!! Queenie is a strong, brave and fierce female; she is also black. She also has some baggage at 26 that is now hampering her relationships. In fact, she’s starting to fall apart having panic attacks and making extremely terrible choices. Here’s the thing, she decides to get help and deal with those things, even if it's the toughest thing she's ever done. You see it goes against her family's beliefs and culture. 

It is quite a feat for a book to take on many issues including self-esteem, mental illness and what it means to be black. At times it felt like it was reaching to cover all of those things but it does hit home in many ways. If it helps one person feel like they aren't alone, then it's accomplished something.

Queenie is a heroine that I won’t soon forget. I actually hope the author does a sequel. I’d like to know she’s ok.



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