I finished Queenie awhile ago and I’ve been contemplating how I feel about it. I owe it to Queenie to share some of my feelings so hear it goes….
I went in with some VERY high expectations with this one. Its actually been on my radar since early fall if not last summer. Needless to say, I was so excited when I got my hands on a copy. Marketed as Bridget Jones meets Americanah, I was expecting humor, romance and maybe a little soul searching. What I got was something so much more and not funny at all. Not being prepared mentally for that unfortunately distracted me from thoroughly enjoying the story.
This book will SHAKE YOU UP in the best way. My senses were on high alert. I felt anger, sadness, compassion, frustration….I felt A LOT. This is a timely story about family, friendships, racism, body image, mental health and so much more. There’s a lot going on in this story and lots to contemplate. Personally, as a white privileged woman I appreciated the references to Black Lives Matter. I will continue to read books like this as they remind me that the world has a long way to go to get things right.
Life is messy as we know. We all might seem okay on the outside, when in fact nothing is okay. Queenie bares herself to us so that we can all relate in some way. Her journey to self-discovery is a bumpy ride so hold your judgement and don’t shut your eyes. “The recovery is not linear. Its not straight. It’s a bumpy path, with lots of twists and turns.”
Timely, thoughtful and eye opening I give this 3.5 stars.