Queenie – My first book of 2020

Candice Carty-Williams has unraveled anxiety in its raw form, how one feels and what they become when they encounter their demons.

It is good to start a new year with no regrets in the beginning and that is why I think picking up Queenie as my first book to read in 2020 was a fine choice. I often heard Queenie being related to or compared to being the modern version of Bridget Jones but after reading both, I think that’s quite unfair. The personalities of two are not alike. Yes, they may cross the roads in some places but that’s what any humans would do.

About the book

Now going back to Queenie! Hillarious, breezy, and dramatic, Queenie is a little bit of who we are and a little bit of us that we want to lock away in a closet. From a breakup to almost losing her job, to those terrible rebounds which were meaningless sex and hook-ups, to moving in with her grandparents, The author mapped the beautiful journey of Queenie from losing it all to finding herself through the scattered bits and pieces of her own.

After her break-up with her lover, Tom, Queenie finds herself struggling through to manage to live a ‘normal’ life. Trying to heal herself, she gets involved in futile sexual relationships with men which she realizes was an outcome of their fetishism towards her skin color and body. Queenie is bold, opinionated, wrong (like many of us), and accepting with the combination of the right amount of humor and self-skepticism.

Caution: This book will take you on a journey of multiple emotions that include feeling happy, gloomy, tired, grateful, and wiser until you get to the end of it.

My review

What I loved the most is that the author has not defended her character as someone always being at the wrong place, wrong time, or attacked. Instead, the author portrayed her to be wrong in many places which led her to make a lot of infuriating choices that led to damaging herself with a lot of stress and anxiety and also damaged her relationship with Tom. So, the book is all about Queenie exploring herself, revisiting what are wounds and scars and getting to the crux of it, sulking, and rebuilding herself right from the scratch.

Candice Carty-Williams has unraveled anxiety in its raw form, how one feels and what they become when they encounter their demons. This is perfectly wrapped with racism, rebounds, stress, and a sweet touch of the perks of having family and friends at the end of the day. Showing Queenie’s struggling relationship with her mother – from love to hate – to re-exploring love for her mother and family she had far driven away from and on the way learning that the real connections always manage to stick around!

Real, raw, complex, and being herself, Queenie’s complicated, relatable, and yet heartwarming story won my heart and will win yours too! We are all sometimes princesses living their fairytale, and sometimes Queenie, shattering and rebuilding it own her own.

What do I love the most in the book?

The book ends with Queenie teaching her cousin to let people accept the differences they portray instead of struggling to ‘fit in’ and never be wholly accepted. This won my heart along with other pockets in this book which took me to places where I was forced to relate and explore myself further.

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