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  • Gabby Womack

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Queenie is a novel about a young Black British woman approaching her mid-twenties. With her boyfriend insisting on a break, Queenie is left confused and vulnerable to impulsive decisions. With her friends and family witnessing this and attempting to support her, Queenie must face herself and take control of her life. ⁠


When I began listening to Queenie on audiobook I was struck by the narrator’s voice. Shvorne Marks did a perfect job with every character and accent. This helped me get sucked into the book. ⁠

Queenie’s personality was relatable but her mistakes made me extremely anxious and then I began to notice that she exhibited a lot of the anxiety symptoms that I have. So I really felt for her. ⁠


This story was well-paced and thoughtful. I can understand why so many folks liked it. However, I would add a content warning for folks who have experienced abuse (emotional and physical). Those elements made it hard for me to get through this book. ⁠I would still recommend it!⁠


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