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Book review: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. The book follows the sharp and hilarious title character, Queenie, after her boyfriend decides he wants a break.

While she waits for Tom to have his ‘break’ and realise he can’t live without him, Queenie finds herself in a cycle of bad decisions, sleeping with a married man, seduced by a workmate and struggling to perform in her internship for what she believes is her dream job.

As she suffers the consequences of these decisions, she is supported by an irresistible posse of friends who are often just as funny as she is. Queenie has a dry sense of humour as she describes her grandparents who are trying their best to support their granddaughter, her diverse group of friends, and the unpalatable men she encounters.

Candice Carty-Williams’ Queenie was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I found myself chuckling to myself when reading it on the train. Despite her poor decision-making and lack of insight when it comes to men, it is difficult not to love Queenie for her humour and self-deprecation mixed with defiant arrogance.

I listened to Queenie on audiobook and the narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I’d love it if a film was made of these fabulous characters.

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