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Queenie

Narrated by: Shvorne Marks
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place. 

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 white long-term 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. 

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.

©2019 Candice Carty-Williams (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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loved it

absolutely incredible!! everything about this book is flawless. 10 / 10 !! !

big love!!!!

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Great Novel!

Thoroughly enjoyed it! Read for a women's book club. Also bought the book but really loved the audible version. Looking forward to reading other books from this author.

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Loved It!

I loved this book.So relatable and so funny too! So many great characters and I found myself chuckling out loud for most of the book.

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Such an AMAZING book and GREAT reader. Very moving

LOVED it from beginning to finish. If you are wondering about getting this book, you should not waist too much time thinking about it. It was wonderful!

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  • LATOYA LEWIS
  • 2019-05-20

The Black Womans Burden

Whew Chile......this book was a breath of fresh air. As though being black wasn't enough but being a black jamaican coconut (black shell but white inside) living in London was the topping on the cake. Talking about the taboo of therapy in the black community and how being strong is holding in feelings and keep going. Queenie's life echoes so many black women. Her trauma growing up, her relationship with her mother and grandparents was spot on. Her support system, friends, and coworkers. Her not knowing her worth or not seeing her beauty and settling for ain't shit men, white men because she didn't think she was beautiful enough for a brother to love her. Queenie slept with different men after a miscarriage and a breakup with her boyfriend if 3 years. Racism was visited along with sexual harassment, and sexism.Through therapy she was able to free herself from generational black women issues. Chessca, Darcy, and Cassandra were her real friends, I love their love for her. Friends holding one another accountable and having each other's back. This book is highly recommended for all women of color. #mentalhealthawareness #book24of2019 #bookworm #whatsnext

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  • Susan
  • 2019-03-21

Growing up for Grownups

I chose the all star rating because narration, plot, the unfolding of the story, with character development, all flavored with amazing humor, pathos, and the blossoming of the characters, presented in a bird’s eye view of the story, blended together to create an outstanding novel. The theme of interracial relationships between black and white delved into fear, power, and differences between outward appearances of both racial groups. It dismissed stereotypes of racial sexuality. It displayed the folly of misconceptions that humans base relationships on, with a delightful description of the beauty inherent in all humans. PLEASE read it to discover life. Would be a great book for high school students with the psychologies presented regarding motives for sexual activities.

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  • Susan 🎧Audible-a-holic🎧 Crowe
  • 2019-04-05

Don't touch her hair !!!!

Where do i begin with this one?
Queenie, Queenie, Queenie. She sort of reminded me of myself when i was younger. Not the promiscuous parts but the "not having your shit together parts".
I LOLed several times. I enjoyed this audiobook. There were a few shock factor moments but all in all it was a good book. Don't listen with children around though. I was listening while in a fast food drive thru with my window down and had to turn it off until i was able to close my window back.
Reminded me of a Jamaican Bridgette Jones maybe?
The narrator was perfect.
I do recommend it for a little mindless chic-lit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-22

Great Read

I thoroughly enjoyed listening. The story is very relatable. I have been Queenie. Totally recommend this book !

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  • Jewelryonabudget
  • 2019-04-05

Queenie !

Love love loved it!
Queenie is addictive!
Quick read just do it!
You will laugh, cry and pondering the issues Queenie faces.

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  • Blissfully Booked
  • 2019-03-25

I wanted to like it

I was underwhelmed with this story as it flitted about jumping from one issue to another. It had the potential but it never really grabbed me.

Queenie went through some hardships as a child, which made for a hot mess of a grown-up Queenie. She’s has low self worth and engages in some pretty risky encounters with white men after a breakup with Tom, her white boyfriend who thought nothing of his uncle using the N-word when referring to her.

Good for her for walking away.

What baffles me is - why would she take such a hard stance with Tom about racist comments and then go out to carry on with white men who objectify her and use her (horrifically) to satisfy their curiosity of being with a black woman.

And then there were the little detours into the realm of BLM. If you are going to take that on... commit to it. Give it the space that it deserves.

The story was just flat to me. It didn’t know what it wanted to be.

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  • grammyc
  • 2020-07-27

No real plot.

Struggled to finish. Content to narrowly focused on one character. Characters behavior was not explained. Narration was good.

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  • 2020-04-29

No

I hated this novel. Boring and painful. Queenie had some serious issues. I only finished it because I can't start something and not finish it.

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  • ROXY
  • 2020-03-07

good performance

this book was more like reality TV then a novel, it was a realism to it I wasn't ready for. Queenie really emotionally drained me because she outlined a real person

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  • Lisa
  • 2020-02-28

Maybe better with a bookclub to discuss it with?

I liked it enough. Think the story could've been more interesting/developed. I spent the whole story wondering what the climax was... I think with a book club it would've been interesting to discuss some of the topics raised throughout the book, but journeying the story individually-- it fell a little short for me. Thought it was a great performance! perfect narrator.

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