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ueenie 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 placeueenie 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 long term white boyfriend ueenie seeks comfort in all the wrong placesincluding several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self worthAs ueenie careens from one uestionable 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 uestions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her This book is being pitches as Bridget Jones Diary meets Americanah but it feels like Bridget Jones Diary meets Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine with a black lead I had really conflicted feelings the entire time while reading this book but I will say that it completely sucked me in and I found it completely compelling even though I basically spent the entire book wanting to yell at ueenie He put a hand on my thigh and moved it higher digging his nails into my skin That'll be a pair of tights gone This book is a bit deceiving ueenie is such a funny and lovable character with what I think of as a very British sense of humour The book opens with multiple scenes that made me laugh and the author uickly builds up a warm and hilarious dynamic between ueenie and her girlfriends the Corgis and between ueenie and her Jamaican grandparents This is everything I would have expected from a book being compared to Bridget Jones's DiaryWhich is why I feel like I need to issue a warning this book goes to some really dark places Bridget Jones is klutzy and embarrassing; ueenie is a far complex and real character She is dealing with mental health issues and a post relationship breakdown The decisions she makes like having unprotected sex with lots of different men are clearly not healthy I know some readers will feel frustrated with her behaviour at times but I also think the author never portrays it as a good thing and instead honestly portrays a young woman dealing with severe anxiety in the only way she feels she can I think it's a good example of some very serious issues being wrapped up in a book that is full of humour to balance out the sadnessueenie has just broken up with her long term boyfriend Tom who is white Through flashbacks we soon learn that their relationship was pretty messed up from the start with Tom refusing to defend her against his family's casual racism ueenie doesn't see it that way though This break up has hit her hard She responds to it by hooking up with guys and having various datingsexual encounters that are a mixture of hilarious and cringy Carty Williams explores dating anxiety and racism through the eyes of a modern day Jamaican Brit and she does it all with a sense of humour and no aversion to cringe factor Oversharing at inappropriate moments dating disasters and witty badass girlfriends are just some of the sources of hilarity in this book I think the serious issues are actually impactful because of their juxtaposition with the humour and friendshipNo this isn't another Bridget Jones's Diary but then we're not living in the 90s any either ueenie is bolder complicated diverse and ultimately feminist And I see nothing to complain about in thatBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube This is the kind of novel whose excellence sneaks up on you The beginning is kind of rocky and I wasn't sure where the book was going but then it gets great and unputdownable and I held my breath reading as fast as I could to see what would happen to ueenie This is an amazing novel about what it means to be a black girl whose world is falling apart and needs to find the strength to put it back together There is so much ground covered here from dealing with anxiety and self loathing to complicated families and learning to let go of things and people that won't serve you well And ueenie is the kind of narrator you cannot help but root for even as she makes infuriating choices Wonderful wonderful novel full of charm and wit and warmth and energy Check it out This review was removed Thanks

  • Hardcover
  • 330 pages
  • ueenie
  • Candice Carty-Williams
  • English
  • 11 April 2016
  • 9781501196010

About the Author: Candice Carty-Williams

Candice Carty Williams was born in 1989 the result of an affair between a Jamaican cab driver who barely speaks and a Jamaican Indian dyslexic receptionist who speaks than anyone else in the world She studied Media at Sussex because her sixth form teachers said that she wasn’t clever enough to do English but she showed them all by first working at the Guardian Guide and then moving into pu


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