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.