Juliet Takes a Breath
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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 C**t
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, womení’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.
I drank this book up over the holidays. As a bi girl in an unaccepting environment, it was a life raft in a storm, an oasis in a desert. As a white person, I know I'm probably not the primary audience, but I was able to learn so much about intersectionality in a tangible, personal way, rather than in a purely intellectual sense. How important it is to try and never stop improving, but also that there are beautiful spaces not meant for me, times reserved for me to listen or just be elsewhere and that's okay! That in itself can be beautiful. I loved Juliet and understood how it first feels to be thrust into a world of words and concepts you never dreamed of. Gabby Rivera's loving descriptions of Juliet's not-skinny body made me feel that I can love all of me too. This is a wonderful read.