Contemporary / Fiction
What is it about?
Queenie Jenkins is a young Jamaican-British woman who works at a newspaper. From the opening of the book you know there’s trouble immediately. It starts with Queenie finding out she’s had a miscarriage and soon after the reader finds out that Queenie and her boyfriend are “on a break”. Queenie quickly spirals out of control and makes an endless series of bad decisions that involve frequent unprotected sex and not doing her job.
Queenie’s banter with her friends who try hard to support her keeps things from getting too depressing.
Was it good?
I find it really hard to like people that don’t like themselves. I wanted Queenie to turn things around but I hated all the bad decisions she made and the horrible people she gave her energy to.
I don’t mean to spoil anything, but my biggest complaint is that I felt like the consequences weren’t “real world” enough. I know that mentally Queenie will never be the same but physically and financially there should have been more repercussions for her repeated dalliances and shoddy work.
I don’t know… maybe I’m just too harsh.