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?
Perfect for fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn O'Porter, and anyone who loved Fleabag and Dear White People.
My review of Queenie
Queenie is raw, funny, shocking and a real eye opener into the life of a young woman of colour and the prejudices that she faces in her every day life. I loved this book for its honesty and brilliant, evocative storytelling.
The character of Queenie has such a strong voice that I actually felt as if she was talking to me. This is where the power lies within this book, that of having a strong female voice who simply says it as it is. I loved Queenie for her honesty, her passion, her strength and her vulnerabilities.
For me, this book was a real eye opener into another way of life and culture, one of which we rarely read about in books and for this reason it captivated me. We have issues surrounding race, prejudice and of how this young woman's sexual life is perceived by others, purely because of her ethnicity and colour of skin.
At the heart of this story is a young woman who is coming to terms with her own identity and place in the world. Queenie is likeable and fully relatable. I felt as if I knew her.
This book is raw and poignant and deeply moving. Everyone will be talking about this book. It's a perfect book club read.
With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.
Queenie is published on 11th April by Trapeze.