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Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

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The story follows Juliet Milagros Palante (19, gay, Puerto Rican, fat) leaving the Bronx for an internship in Portland with (white) feminist Harlowe Brisbane (34).

Reading Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera was one of the most positive, transformative, illuminating experiences I’ve had this year.

She means well, but good intentions mean shit when those well-intentioned actions cause actual pain and harm.

There is a nonbinary character in a few scenes at the beginning and a trans woman at the end, but since Harlowe's particular brand of awful white feminism is incredibly vagina-based I wish that had been addressed a bit more. There is also a great f/f sex scene with a big emphasis on consent and masturbation is also explored in this graphcic novel. For me it’s really important seeing families fighting for their children, trying to understand them and sometimes coming to the realization that being queer is just the way we are, without an explanation. The sharpness and poignancy of this book will not be forgotten by me, it's a terribly important story, a true look into how queer women of colour are struggling and it's a great intro book to inclusionary feminism which also serves as a critique and reminder to white feminist. A quick update: The edition (finished US ebook) that I read did not have the anti-Indigenous quotes that were discussed in older reviews (the passage was updated from what other reviewers had read), however this does not negate the treatment and silencing of Indigenous reviewers when they criticized Juliet Takes a Breath, nor does it negate the fact that anti-Indigenous sentiments existed in this book at one point in time.But within the course of this novel, Juliet starts dating someone else and it is a really beautiful development. While this novel does prevail over others as so much of the novel is driven by Juliet’s journey to learning about feminism, it’s plotless besides that. At first glance, she seems like the embodiment of everything Juliet wants: an icon, a mentor, a woman who accepts her flaws and works on them. It was a storyline that obviously many queer people can relate to and that I thought was well done overall.

The main character of this book, Juliet, experiences some pretty big life changes at 19 -- she moves across the country from the Bronx to Portland, Oregon to take a summer internship with Harlowe Brisbane, the author of a feminist text that has opened Juliet's eyes to new ways of looking at the world. But don’t worry, Juliet has something kinda resembling a plan that’ll help her figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out.When I first looked into picking up Juliet Takes a Breath, I came across a review that described this book as the female version of The Catcher in the Rye. I wanted to adore this as much as most of my friends adore this and/or the original full novel version of the story, but I really thought it was just alright. Highlighting women’s divine essence and power, and their cosmic sisterhood, while not confronting any of the systemic or political oppression women - especially non-white women - face was infuriating.



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