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Juliet Takes a Breath

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As time goes on, Juliet becomes more comfortable within queer spaces but also learns that Harlowe Brisbane is not everything that she had hoped she would be and represent for her. A lot of my teen readers are dying for books that don't need a big coming out scene or some sort of racial confrontation in a book with a protagonist that looks like them. Juliet not only experiments her first heartbreak but explores her sexuality in a beautiful and caring way. And of course, she discovers her family, both of her blood and of her choosing, and realizes that sometimes both of those can be the same thing. I haven't read the prose version of this story [I am way more likely to read contemporary YA as a graphic novel than a prose book] so I'm not sure how good of an adaption it is but I thought it was overall a cute and enjoyable read.

But as a Puerto-Rican American, who also identifies as a lesbian, she's not sure Harlowe's book makes room for her experience as a queer woman of color. So, when Juliet experienced something similar, I felt Juliet’s tears all the way back to the cruelty of that moment and how much it affected my relationships with other queer women for years. This GN through different happy and sad stories really makes you get to know and love the characters. Since then, some folks have said that it was challenged later in the book, and some have said that it was challenged a bit but not enough for them.

The writing seemed really amateur; the dialogue wasn’t good, the plot was boring, characters one dimensional, etc. Every time Juliet saw a fabulous queer lady and lost the ability to speak or spit out coherent sentences I was on another planet of joy. there was a change in the colour palette when juliet reaches miami from portland, but other than that i do wish there was a change in atleast the tone of the colours used in accordance with, say, juliet's moods or the different people she meets. The book starts with Juliet writing a letter to the author of her favourite book, a book that she originally started reading as a joke, but that turned out to have such an impact on her that she started to question her view of life. While Juliet’s mom struggles to understand why Juliet loves women, trying to find a reason or even a solution, Juliet struggles with the idea of not being accepted by her own family.

We can decide whether we want to love one person for life, find a good thing with someone that opens itself up to several other love things with other beautiful humans, or something else entirely. There are passages upon passages where a character holds forth and spouts what feels like a chapter of a queer theory or feminist theory textbook, verbatim. I sometimes get the feeling with books that involve a severely underrepresented group (in this case gay women of colour), that the fact of this representation is seen as part of the quality.I received a copy of the book from Riverdale Avenue Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. And you’ve got our blood running through your beautiful veins, so no matter what, you’ve been blessed with the spirit of women who know how to love. A delightful read paired with difficult subtleties, and coupled with a warm, colorful art style, this contemporary delivers with pride. I do, however, see that this book is valuable for WHO is experiencing these life events in fiction -- there are still so few books that portray queer women of color at all. Me dan ganas de comprar este libro en físico y arrancarle todas las páginas para hacer un mural con ellas en mi cuarto.

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