Black People are not a monolith. This challenge is focused on intentionally reading more Black books, whether it be Black characters or authors within different genres.
The themes in the book are relatable as they were back 40 years ago when the story took place, to now. The overarching theme of the book that I took away was identity. Brit addresses the issues of colorism, Gender identity, and who exactly am I. All the main characters grapple with this existential problem.
Romance books have gotten me through quarantine. I usually don’t read romance. Many times it’s the typical archetypes and tropes. However, Beast was a welcome distraction and palette cleanser from all the heavy non-fiction books I have been reading.
Carty-Williams explores dating, anxiety and racism through the eyes of a modern-day Jamaican Brit, and she does it with a sense of humor and does not shy away from making the reader uncomfortable. Queenie constantly overshares at inappropriate moments, has dating disasters, and her badass girlfriends are just some of the sources of enjoyment in the book.