Queenie's book ends on an optimistic note

Since its publication in 2019, Candace Carty-Williams' Queenie has quickly become a blockbuster bestseller and was named Book of the Year at the 2020 British Book Awards. So, naturally, the pressure comes when it comes to bringing the protagonist's life to the screen.

Luckily, Carty-Williams herself serves as the creator and showrunner of Hulu's adaptation of Queenie . So she had to bring the same heart to the series (which premieres June 7) as she did in her debut novel.

"Obviously there's a perennial question: Are you Queenie? No, but she reminds me of a version of me that a lot of people could see themselves in when she was that age," Katie-Williams Mus tells Bustle. "She was 25 and just wanted to change the world. But you know, she always had her stuff."

As for Queenie's future, Williams doesn't think the eight-episode series needs a second season. "I wrote the book so that she could represent this point in her life as fully as possible in the TV series," she said, noting that Queenie's team successfully "remixed" the conflicts in the book to enabling it to function when necessary. Screen.

Want to watch and compare? Next, we review the ending and plot summary of the book Queenie .

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Start from breaking up

Queenie is a British-Jamaican woman who is going through a breakup with her boyfriend Tom, and the reader meets her at a gynecology appointment. She learned she had miscarried while trying to use an IUD to prevent pregnancy, an experience that sparked a turbulent period in her personal life.

Queenie spends time with her friends, including close friend Kezik, her grandparents, and Aunt Maggie. Believing she would get back together with Tom, she engaged in a series of sexual acts, albeit unsatisfactory ones. She was surprised to find out that one of the partners was actually dating her friend, while the other partner (her co-worker) was married and about to have a baby.

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All the while, Queenie struggled with an estranged relationship with her mother, and her writing job at the Daily Reader began to decline because she wasn't getting the chance to write about important issues, like Black Lives Matter. sports. When she was suspended from her job by her boss, she had a panic attack. This prompted her to move in with her grandparents and begin therapy.

optimistic ending

Fortunately, Queenie started to have some breakthroughs from here. She shared with her therapist her mother's abusive relationship with a man, Roy, and how she was effectively raised as a child. In speaking openly about this trauma, Queenie begins to understand what her mother has been through and works to heal their relationship.

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In the final pages of the novel, Queenie reveals that she was promoted at her job and that Ted (a married co-worker) was fired for inappropriate behavior. She put the date on hold and deleted Tom's number, moving on once and for all. Most importantly, she acknowledged that she was worthy of love and that she had the support system and tools in place to manage her anxiety in the future.

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