Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby RiveraJuliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Takes a Breath

byGabby Rivera

Paperback | January 27, 2016

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"Even if Holden Caulfield was born in the Bronx in the 1980s, he could never be this awesome."Inga Muscio, author of CuntJuliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that's going to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. She's interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.
Title:Juliet Takes a BreathFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.58 inPublished:January 27, 2016Publisher:Riverdale Avenue BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626012512

ISBN - 13:9781626012516


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story and strong protagonist! My initial impression was influenced by the cover art, which lead me to believe this was a YA novel. Luckily, I decided to read it anyway, and I am so happy that I did. I was impressed by the vivid freshness of the narrative. My one critique is that the story may have lagged slightly where the author needed to spell out specific aspects of intersectionality. I get that it is necessary and even helpful for the reader, but I could see how it might be interpreted as dense. However! This work felt so important to me, and caused me to continue to challenge my understanding of feminisms and identity. This book is timely, topical and relevant - but perhaps most importantly, it's a really good story. Juliet is highly engaging and I enjoyed learning along with her as she navigates new geographical, emotional and sexual terrain. I felt excited and inspired by this text, and it led to a lot of introspection regarding my own inherent biases and (mis)understandings. I borrowed this from my library, but I intend to purchase a copy at some point.
Date published: 2017-04-18