Juliet Takes a Breath (Paperback)
For us, mixed race, queer and straight, this book, this character grabbed us by our angry, feminist selves and defied us to stop reading. Juliet Palante just finished her first year of college, is about to come out to her Bronx Puerto Rican family and get on a plane to intern for the summer with a very white, very feminist, very hippy, very lesbian author. This book takes our preconceived notions of culture, feminism, family, language, place and especially food, and allows us, like Juliet, to consider, reconsider, decide and remain open to changing even that because like Juliet, we keep meeting people who defy categorization… and are we really surprised about that? Not to mention that the writing is just breathtaking.— Linda & Elisa
Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Thank the goddesses that Gabby Rivera has written a novel! Juliet Takes a Breath introduces Juliet Milagros Palante, a Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx, as she dives into the coming out process. Full of the complexities of what it means to be 19, how to navigate the modern language of sexual identity, who gets to claim the feminist label, and so much more, this is the book to read for every young person with a question about their sexual or racial identity or who just wants to think about their place in today’s world.”
— Lisa Swayze, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY
"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.