The last time I wrote a book review was for ‘Everything I know about love’ by Dolly Alderton and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t again. But I’m interrupting your feed of anxiety related blogs because if you haven’t read Queenie. You need to.
I bought this book after it was heavily recommended by many of the amazing strong women I follow on Instagram and after reading it I can see why. It’s incredibly easy to read, I think I inhaled the book in just over a week and it was the highlight of my daily commute knowing I’d get time to read some more.
The book follows the story of a young women, experiencing life a fresh as her and her boyfriend ‘take a break’. (We’ve all been there and we all know how that ends). It’s a story of finding yourself, the embarrassing terror of modern dating and coping with life’s big changes.
It’s all about the importance of dealing with your problems rather than running away from them and talks healthily (and impressively) about the importance of therapy and actually understanding what makes you do the things you do. I took great comfort in the way she talked about anxiety and panic attacks, because it was like reading what was always inside my head.
If nothing else, you’ll cringe and fully empathise as she talks about about dating apps and the absolute mess that they are. In fact, some of the messages she get’s might well sound familiar! She talks so openly about sex, that it completely took the stigma away whilst reminding you what’s just not okay to accept.
You will laugh, you will learn and it will give you that gentle nudge to face your demons and come out the other side. It’s an introduction into feminism and race and it’s one fantastic read.
I want you to read this book for yourself, for your friends and for all the women you’re going to meet. But also to remind yourself that your worth isn’t based on someone fancying you and that if you end up on your own for a while then that’s okay too.