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Queenie Jenkins can't cut a break. Well, apart from one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That's definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Stuck between a boss who doesn't seem to see her, a family who don't seem to listen (if it's not Jesus or water rates, they're not interested), and trying to fit in two worlds that don't really understand her, it's no wonder she's struggling. She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life?
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352 pages

Average rating: 6.88




Community Reviews

May 15, 2024
Who doesn’t love a Jamaican Brit accent?! I do!! As I listened to Queenie -I empathized with her, laughed at her, and definitely sucked my teeth several times. Still, I wanted her to WIN. I enjoyed how the so relevant author, Carty- Williams created such a relatable but nerve wracking protagonist. Queenie experiences a devastating breakup which leaves her a mess & on the verge of a mental breakdown. So yes, I found myself blaming Queenie for what she had to deal with, but I also empathized with each decision she made. Sis was really struggling to find herself and self worth. How many of us can relate? Carty-Williams weaves humor & serious issues to sort of balance out the awkward-ness some situations may leave behind. She does this in a way that makes it a page turner- not to mention the fortitude of a tribe that Queenie had to support her and remind her that she’s that B****! Shouts to her bad ass friends! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star rating Yuh-zeeet 🇯🇲
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May 02, 2024
5/10 stars
This story was all over the place, I wouldn't say it's a great read but I definitely felt like I was judging Queenie throughout the story because of the choices she makes. The beginning started off boring for me and I just couldn't pull myself to finish it. Once I did continue to read it seemed to get better toward the end of the story and once I was invested the story was over and left me with too many questions. I give a 5 because even though it wasn't a favorite, the story felt relatable.
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Apr 23, 2024
3/10 stars
Absolutely boring
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Apr 08, 2024
8/10 stars
Entertaining. There are so many “please don’t do it” moments that are both painful and hilarious.
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Jan 10, 2024
8/10 stars
Oh Lawd, how do you love someone who is hell-bent on self-destruction? Queenie is a young woman whose life is quickly going off the rails. Her boyfriend asks for a break, her job is hanging by a thread, and her choices are... just... questionable at best. Despite regular checkins with her friends (affectionately named "The Corgies"), no one is able to get Queenie off the collision course she has set for herself. Eventually, she has to do the work. A lot is unpacked here: abuse and childhood trauma, fetishism of black women's bodies, self-esteem, discrimination in health care, stigmatizing of mental health, misogyny, slut-shaming, white fragility, friendship, complicated family relationships... the list goes on. The lesson to take away from this funny and sobering novel is that, while friends and family will always be there for you, they don't always have the right tools to help.
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