Book Review #142 – Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera

Happy world book day!

Here is my review for Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera.

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Synopsis:

“Even if Holden Caulfield was born in the Bronx in the 1980s, he could never be this awesome.”
Inga Muscio, author of Cunt

Juliet 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.

 

Pros:

  • super diverse, inclusive and positive
  • very informative as well
  • fun and funny

 

Cons:

  • a bit too much in your face with all the “tell, don’t show”
  • weird comment about native americans

 

Verdict:

There’s been only so many books that I’ve seen as praised as this one. It’s pretty much on every diversity and queer list. Although I had high hopes, I wasn’t disappointed. This book has many many good things. It was clear for me from the start that Juliet was going to make this read a lot better. She’s funny and witty, and her voice is super captivating. There’s not that much happening throughout the whole book but there’s not a time where it is boring and it’s mostly because of Juliet. And the writing style, that was something. It was a bit in your face at times, because it was more of a tell, don’t show. That can definitely be a hit or miss to you, depending on your thoughts. I was a bit on the fence while reading it, but I ended up liking it. The thing that stands out about this book is how it deals with different aspects of feminism and intersectionality. There’s some really good things to learn, like some terms and concepts. But the best thing is the lesson on white feminism. I loved how it was explored, with no demonization but also with some very necessary toughness. And that’s the core of this book. It’s tough and in your face because it has a very important point to be made and you will remember it this way. Unfortunately, it had a really weird remark about native americans that made me a bit not totally comfortable with recommending it. It’s something like “white people didn’t meant to kill the natives with the yellow fever”. See, my knowlege on the settling of white people in America isn’t too great but I don’t think that’s how it went. It would be fine for this to be corrected somewhere ahead, like it happens with another topic in this book, but it never is. It’s just dropped there and never mentioned before. I believe this can be kinda hurtful for some native readers so, it has to be mention. Here is Weezie’s review for better insight that I could ever give. This book has many good things but it’s definitely not perfect.

Have you read it? What did you think of it! Please let me know.

Until soon,

Cat.

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