Candice Carty-Williams Û 7 Free downloadOurselves as a WOC etc The audiobook narrator also did a great job at bringing the story to life I struggle to emotionally connect with this book as much as I should mainly because the progression of the narrative felt disjointed The first 23 of the book is repetitive in her making poor #decisions with terrible white men then the last #with terrible white men then the last of the book becomes of a grander statement of being a black girl
reveals the root of why ueenie makes so many flawed decisions I wish the two had been better interwoven together for a nuanced portrayal rather than a grand revelation towards the end As a result this felt forced rather than proper representation especially when a lot of the writing seemed to generalize the struggles of black women due to the main character speaking for all black women and making blanket statements VS presenting this as an individual case that s symptomatic of a systemic issue I think what would ve helped is if the author had peppered hints to ueenie s past and childhood throughout the book in a natural way rather than dumping everything towards the end and framing it as a grand political statement Overall the end and framing it as a grand political statement Overall have no problem with the protagonist s self destructive tendencies and repetitive mistakes at all I truly empathize with her and have had a similar mindset it was so the disjointed execution that prevented me from being fully impacted by what the author intended for this story 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 ever. Ional 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. Ything 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 lutzy 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 now 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 portrays a young woman dealing with severe anxiety in the only way 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 responds to it by hooking up with guys and having various datingsexual encounters that 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. 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 herWith “fresh and honest” Jojo Moyes prose ueenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world. .And Reveals The Root
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 lead I had really conflicted 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 Why I love itby Jojo MoyesI have to confess I have a prior interest in ueenie s author Candice #CARTY WILLIAMS A FEW YEARS AGO I CREATED A #Williams A few years ago I created a offering up my cottage to an aspiring writer in need of time and space to complete their project Candice was the first winner chosen from than 600 applicants She had never driven outside London before and it took her six hours to make a two hour journey the ind of thing that would happen to her character ueenie but when she arrived she declined a cup of tea and went straight to work she was that determined to make the most out of the opportunityFast forward two and a half years ueenie is one of the most anticipated books of the year It grabbed me from the opening chapter because it did something that happens far too seldom it took me into a world I didn t Noir know that of a 25 year old black woman living in London straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither ueenie is fresh and flawed and she made me wince and made me laugh and made me thinkCandice is a uniue writer Even that 500 word contest entry told me there was something special about her After re reading the finished work Inew I had been right I m excited to see ueenie meet a wider audience and to see Candice s star really shine We need voices like hersRead at I empathized a lot with the protagonist and her struggles along with the portrayal of mental health including the cultural stigma of seeking therapy how childhood affects the way we treat relationships how we internalize racism and learn to love. 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 nat.