Overall Rating: loved it! ❤️
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.
As someone who generally prefers physical books over audio, I have to admit that there are cases where the audiobook exceeds any voice I could create in my own head. Queenie was one of those cases. The narrator’s Jamaican-British accent fully immersed me into the story in a way that I simply would not have been able to achieve had I read this as a physical book. (Because let’s face it, I sound like a northeastern-American-white girl.)
The book’s bold storyline follows Queenie, a 25 year old Jamaican Brit, on her journey of self-exploration. A recent break from her long term boyfriend leaves her struggling with her self-worth while addressing cultural differences and coming face to face with deep buried family trauma. Anyone who picks up this book will find that they see pieces of themselves in Queenie and hopefully, will put it down with a better understanding on how our past experiences shape who we are.
So whatever your preferred method of reading is, be it physical, audio, or e-book – add Queenie to your list.
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