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I started reading Queenie right after finishing Color Me In and boy was that a transition. I’m generally weary when it comes to reading adult or general fiction. Contemporary YA has been my niche since freshman year of high school but I think things are shifting for me. I don’t know if it’s the genre itself but I have been wanting to see older main characters lately. Saoudia did a great job of putting that transition into words so I’d highly recommend checking out her review of Color Me In here.
Queenie is… complicated. She makes some really bad decisions, she cares about her friends, and tries (for the most part) to do her job. She’s just so real. I think her character spoke to me even more now because I’m 20 and trying to get a hold of my life in this stage. At the end of the day, Queenie is human and she’s just trying to figure things out as it goes. The amount of secondhand embarrassment I felt for her though was just *insert facepalm emoji*
The mental illness rep was sooo accurate. It made me so happy to see all the sides of it. I don’t want to spoil anything but if you’re a fan of realistic mental illness rep, you’ll probably enjoy this.
That leads me back to how much I appreciated the brutal honesty of Queenie. This was such a good book. I was really on the fence about it when I first started, wondering it Queenie was worth all the hype. Queenie’s character development is what really got me. As I read on, I saw myself in Queenie. I didn’t always agree with her, but I understood where she was coming from.
The Not So Good
I know I usually post about YA but this is an adult novel. That being said, there’s profanity and a few sex scenes so if that’s not something you feel comfortable with then this probably won’t be the book for you.
All in All
I loved this novel! I think it really goes with the period of life I’m in right now. I could relate to Queenie on so many levels.
I’m so happy I bought this book. Not only is it beautiful on the outside, it’s beautiful on the inside too. Sorry for being corny y’all but I needed to let out some joy right now.