Juliet Takes A Breath

Juliet Takes A Breath

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"Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon--whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of color"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
ISBN: 9780593108178
Branch Call Number: YA FIC RIVERA, G.
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 22 cm


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List - Fish Out Of Water
CCCL_RobynB Jun 16, 2020

Juliet is sassy, smart, and scared to come out to her parents. She lands a sweet summer internship in Portland, Oregon and learns a thing or two about family, love, and loyalty.

Check out this ebook if you want a book that manages to touch on a bit of everything; family, love, identity, race, privilege and more.

List - Love Wins
CCCL_RobynB Jun 04, 2020

Juliet is sassy, smart, and scared to come out to her parents. She lands a sweet summer internship in Portland, Oregon and learns a thing or two about family, love, and loyalty.

List - Adulting is Hard
CCCL_KimberliB Feb 05, 2020

Juliet Milagros Palante came out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer--what's sure to be a life-changing experience. Except that Juliet's coming out crashes and burns she's not sure her mom will ever speak to her again.

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ArapahoeJennieB Aug 09, 2020

This book intersects issues of race, feminism and queerness along with the realization that your hero isn't everything you imagined, in fact she's kinda problematic. Ultimately, this is Juliet's journey of self discovery and acceptance, as she learns to embrace her queer Puerto-Rican self.

Dec 08, 2019

Juliet Takes a Breath is a coming of age story about a Latina lesbian from the Bronx who travels to Portland for the summer to intern with a feminist writer who she admires and idolizes. Juliet's exuberant voice engages the reader immediately, and we watch her navigate coming out as a lesbian, discovering the LGBTQ community, family, relationships, feminism, and issues of race and privilege. It is a character and issue driven book rather than being heavy on plot.
I'm worried this book will be pigeonholed as an LGBTQ and/or Latin book (which it is, of course), and readers who don't belong to these groups won't pick it up. Fundamentally, this book is very human and explores big issues like learning who you are, the consequences of making assumptions about others, respect for others and yourself, and establishing boundaries. We can all take something away from this book whether we are Juliet's age or much older.

JessicaGma Nov 26, 2019

It's a really interesting take on meeting your heroes, and Juliet is a great character to follow as she learns more about the wider world and how people can let you down, but also how much she herself has to offer as well. She's such a strong queer voice, and it was a delight to follow her journey.

Jul 18, 2017

I couldn't believe how much Juliet's life paralleled my own. I credit the author for this because she painted a very vid picture with words. I loved this book.

Jan 31, 2017

I was sucked into Juliet Takes a Breath right from the first page. The story opens on Juliet’s letter to her hero, who is a famous feminist writer. It is a heart-felt outpouring, and it is the missive that scored her the internship in Portland. By the end of those five pages, I was already in love with Juliet’s voice, as well as her passion and curiosity about the world beyond the place where she grew up. Her character really is the linchpin of the story, and her voice kept me with her even through some of the slower parts of the book. Rivera has crammed a lot of information into the book, and some sections can get a little bit didactic. However, integrating this material into a story will be far more accessible for many people than a Women’s Studies text book.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/01/31/juliet-takes-a-breath/

LPL_ShirleyB Jan 11, 2017

I can't wait to read this powerful-thoughtful coming of age story of moving away from home and self-discovery.


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Jan 31, 2017

Juliet Palante has just come home to the Bronx from her first year at college, and she is trying to figure out how to come out to her Puerto Rican family before she moves across the country for a summer internship. She will be spending the summer in Portland working for Harlowe Brisbane, author of Raging Flower, the book that sparked Juliet’s feminist awakening. But when she arrives in Portland, Juliet quickly feels out of her depth. Her girlfriend Lainie isn’t returning her calls, Harlowe doesn’t seem to have a clear plan for her internship, and everything is unfamiliar. The longer she is in Portland, the less sure Juliet is about Harlowe’s brand of feminism. But the summer nevertheless introduces her to people and experiences that will open her mind in ways she never expected.


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Jan 31, 2017

If you don’t know my life and my struggle, can we be sisters? Can a badass white lady like you make room for me?


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