[PDF / Epub] ★ Juliet Takes a Breath Author Gabby Rivera – Vejega.info

[PDF / Epub] ★ Juliet Takes a Breath Author Gabby Rivera – Vejega.info 3.5 stars This was an enjoyable read full of intersectional feminism, lgbtq issues, racial issues, and exploration of identity.CW racism, homophobia, transphobia, cheatingBeing honest, I wasn t the biggest fan of the writing style I know many readers enjoy a stream of consciousness narration and while I do enjoy a novel like this from time to time, it didn t work in my favor 100% of the time in this case I think because it was also so heavily reliant on New York slang, which I hear const 3.5 stars This was an enjoyable read full of intersectional feminism, lgbtq issues, racial issues, and exploration of identity.CW racism, homophobia, transphobia, cheatingBeing honest, I wasn t the biggest fan of the writing style I know many readers enjoy a stream of consciousness narration and while I do enjoy a novel like this from time to time, it didn t work in my favor 100% of the time in this case I think because it was also so heavily reliant on New York slang, which I hear constantly in my day to day life but prefer not to read it because it s extremely informal There were a lot of moments where I enjoyed Juliet s unfiltered nature in dialogue, but the way her thought process was written is not a favorite of mine In contrast, there were also a few scenes that felt the complete opposite I can recount quite a few scenes where the tone was almost preachy specifically from Harlowe her friends I sometimes felt as if I was in a lecture on women s studies as opposed to observing a natural conversation I feel there is a balance to be made between formality and informality when writing and this book seemed to teeter between one extreme end and the other Additionally, Juliet Takes A Breath is another one of those novels that falls into the category of Just follow the main character throughout their summer which is my least favorite sort of contemporary to read While this novel does prevail over others as so much of the novel is driven by Juliet s journey to learning about feminism, it s plotless besides that I crave stories with significant events, plot twists, highs and lows, but this book remained constant for 2 3 of the story.Given the lack of plot, I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions happening along the story It was really wonderful to follow a teen in the process of developing their brand of feminism from learning new terminology to questioning their values and confronting their biases I remember what it is like to come in contact with words like preferred gender pronouns allyship polygamy Juliet s journey is extremely well rounded and does not miss a beat when it comes to expressing what an intersectional feminist looks like I particularly loved her by the end when we get to see Juliet unapologetically herself, forming her own opinions, and exploring the QPOC community where she truly belongs I feel Juliet s story is one that is powerful, one that is necessary, and one that everyone can take something away from Following the perspective of a Puerto Rican lesbian discovering feminism is an experience I cherished and I hope to read fromprotagonists like Juliet in the future As a character, she is imperfect and a bit na ve, but she is also open and authentic, funny and curious, and she is so wonderfully herself that it was hard not to fall for her along the story.The part of this book I struggled with the most is the infamous Harlowe Brisbane I could not STAND her or any scene involving her I attempted to brush it off to differences in lifestyle The whole Let s have a ceremony for your period I m honored you d bleed out of your vagina in my household is NOT my thing, but I recognize that is how other people live their lives and that s fine but all throughout the story I grew to dislike herandI feel the tipping point for me was when Harlowe dismissed Juliet s requests for advil to alleviate her menstral cramps and badgered her into following her personal methods because she was clearly theenlightened feminist which means her view is correct Harlowe is dripping with white feminism 24 7 and Juliet s blind dedication to her gave me a headache every time I picked up the book That being said, Harlowe s flaws are unearthed and challenged by the end of the story so I can recognize that she was intentionally written to be a symbol of when feminism becomes exclusionary, so that was appreciated But on the other hand, Harlowe made this book unbearable to read at some points so while I can admit it was executed well in the end, I m still entitled to be annoyed at how much she damped my enjoyment of the story for the majority of the book.Overall, Juliet Takes A Breath was an enjoyable read It s not a favorite of mine by any means, but I still feel there is so much value in Juliet s story I don t feel it is the strongest novel in the world in terms of storytelling, but there is a message to be spread through Juliet And it is heard if it s a phase, so what if it s your whole life, who cares you re destined to evolve and understand yourself in new ways you never imagined before LANGUAGE WARNING FOR THIS REVIEWFrom the very moment Juliet Milagros Palante referred to herself as a ferocious cunt I knew I d like this book First of all, because teenagers swearing is realistic and I want itin books Second of all, because I just think there s something entirely glorious about referring to yourself as a ferocious cuntif it s a phase, so what if it s your whole life, who cares you re destined to evolve and understand yourself in new ways you never imagined before LANGUAGE WARNING FOR THIS REVIEWFrom the very moment Juliet Milagros Palante referred to herself as a ferocious cunt I knew I d like this book First of all, because teenagers swearing is realistic and I want itin books Second of all, because I just think there s something entirely glorious about referring to yourself as a ferocious cunt This book is one of those books I worry people won t read or will dnf because it s not got that much plot It s a coming of age story, and I get why people say it s boring but this book is so entirely well written, well addressed, well researched and well presented it s a massive fucking shame if people walk past it Even though it s not a typical fast moving plot, I still felt myself constantly reaching for this because it was endlessly interesting in other ways then plotI fall asleep with that book in my arms because words protect hearts and I ve got this ache in my chest that won t go awayJuliet Takes a Breath follows Puerto Rican lesbian girl Juliet Palante who s recently been introduced to feminism and Pussy Power by Portland writer Harlowe Brisbane Juliet takes up a summer intern with Harlowe, and the story basically followers her as she navigates her internship by noheroestwo on tumblr The truly beautiful and unique thing about this book is the incredible visibility of queer spaces, and especially queer spaces for women of colour This book debunks and challenges aspects of feminism and womanhood that are exclusionary, cissexist or racist and promotes intersectionality Juliet must confront and explore how her sexuality, gender and ethnicity intersect and that exploration is something so rarely seen in YA What I liked about this is it kinda feels like you take Juliet s hand and learn as she does This forced me to address and acknowledge some of my own white privilege and cissexism and I really liked that about it If you re willing to go into it open minded you will genuinely learn alot about modern feminism, lgbt communities, QPOC spaces and intersectional feminism Gabby Rivera feels in control and educated on every subject that comes up this is own voices, but still a part of me was worried the exclusionary aspects of Harlowe s feminism would never be addressed Shame on me for having no faith, Rivera masterfully writers and crafts her story Aside from the larger themes, this book has such cute romance elements There s a cute librarian girl who rides a motorbike and goes stargazing And an interracial couple with no white people Kira is biracial Korean and White There is also a poly relationship And aaah it s so cute And Juliet is soo tongue tied over the cute girls and it was just sweet and not sexualised or anything but was just soft and realistic and I LOVED IT Genuinely, I think this is such an important and well written book I think it s important book that offers so much visible spaces for lgbt youth and especially queer women of colour This book is filled to the brim with strong, outspoken and beautiful queer, poc women and it truly made my heart sing The representation matters so much to me, and I imagine it matters evento brown girls This book feels so rare, like I don t know if I ll read anything which forefronts queer spaces this much again I will never be over it I genuinely want everyone to read this whether you re gay, white, female or not I feel so incredibly gushy about this book like, you don t understand how validated and good this makes me feel and it isn t even for me I am so happy Juliet got to find and experience spaces that included her, and a brand of feminism she could claim Juliet s story is incredibly important, she s a chubby, latina queer women who finds her voice, her discovers and claims her own sexuality and spaces The sharpness and poignancy of this book will not be forgotten by me, it s a terribly important story, a true look into how queer women of colour are struggling and it s a great intro book to inclusionary feminism which also serves as a critique and reminder to white feminist I am literally willing to beg people to read this, it s that importantKiss everyone.Ask first.Always ask first and then kiss the way the stars burn in the sky Feminism I m new to it The word still sounds weird and wrong Too white, too structured, too foreign something I can t claim Though this is the opening of the book, it sets a tone that defines the rest of the novel It is a rare book that from the very beginning I can feel it sinking into my bones, but that is exactly what this felt like And despite the fact that I kept worrying maybe that feeling would go away, I was entranced from beginning to end, and sobbed through the epilogue This i Feminism I m new to it The word still sounds weird and wrong Too white, too structured, too foreign something I can t claim Though this is the opening of the book, it sets a tone that defines the rest of the novel It is a rare book that from the very beginning I can feel it sinking into my bones, but that is exactly what this felt like And despite the fact that I kept worrying maybe that feeling would go away, I was entranced from beginning to end, and sobbed through the epilogue This is a book that has power And a book that will stay with me Juliet is a 19 year old Puerto Rican lesbian from the Bronx who goes to be an intern for a hippy white feminist in Portland, and who also happens to have written Juliet s favorite book It is a book about pussy power But fear not, those worrying as I did about the cissexist nature of that book it is called out frequently in the latter half of the novel Just as so many other things are In Portland, Juliet is part of an incredibly queer community The number of queer women around at all times in this novel was impossible to ignore and it made my heart sing Queer women of color, specifically, were essential in Juliet coming to understand the terminology she needed to define her own identity and to help offer new definitions of feminism and queer identity that can feelinclusive to her.It feels rare to experience such visibly queer spaces in books Not just queer spaces that happen in one scene, but a constantly queer environment that is full of support but also critique and questioning of white feminist structures Beyond the presence of queer spaces, there is also so much emphasis on POC only spaces and the importance that they have Over and over again, the bullshit complaints of white feminists are shot down and intersectionality is emphasized, explained, and made the most important part of the feminism Juliet is trying to learn A feminism that includes her, in all her Puerto Rican lesbian glory.Not to continue gushing, but some of my other favorite moments include an entire chapter dedicated to making the period a celebrated experience, the strained but intensely loving relationship between Juliet and her mother, the entire chapter entitled Ain t No Party Like an Octavia Butler Writer s Workshop , girls flirting, close family relationships, mini history lessons about amazing forgotten women of color, and about a hundred other things.OH OH OH and I almost forgot the almost embarrassing amount of realism that queer women become completely useless in the presence of other beautiful lady identified individuals 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 This is the coming of age story of a fierce, funny, nerdy, chubby, intelligent Latina It was breathtaking and sharp, full of so much goodness I know I ll be able to find new things again and again It acts as an intro for those who don t know queer and feminist terminology, but also serves as a critique of the whiteness of those structures if you already do It is ownvoices and vibrant and incredible I m begging you to read it Damn, this book is beautiful Damn, I needed this book Damn, I m glad this book exists Damn JTAB is all about discovering your self worth, finding your voice, being brave enough to use it, and learning to write yourself into existence because if you don t do it yourself, no one else will.When I first looked up this book, I didn t really get what it was about Some queer Puertorrique a snags an internship with some white hippie super feminist for the summer I mean, I could get down with that, Damn, this book is beautiful Damn, I needed this book Damn, I m glad this book exists Damn JTAB is all about discovering your self worth, finding your voice, being brave enough to use it, and learning to write yourself into existence because if you don t do it yourself, no one else will.When I first looked up this book, I didn t really get what it was about Some queer Puertorrique a snags an internship with some white hippie super feminist for the summer I mean, I could get down with that, don t get me wrong, but I just didn t get it But then I started reading the book, and I realized Holy shit This book is about me.This book celebrates all the different kinds of wonderfully brown humans in the world It challenges stereotypes and rejoices in people who come from different backgrounds, who hold different beliefs, who believe and act differently than the world expects them to, and who give no fucks about it This story interrogates the institution of feminism and queer spaces, especially when both of those tend to privilege white voices and bodies Juliet constantly struggles with how she should feel about feminism and queer theory, when neither of these things were made for her, or with her in mind How anyone who isn t white is expected to to accept white feminism white anything as the universal truth, how we are expected to find ourselves there when we were never written into it in the first place How those who have been othered can other people themselves How we are forced to assimilate and assume a language that was never made for us How doing so can create a division with our roots and make us feel like we re not brown enough And how Juliet s family took her coming out Don t even get me started on how much truth was present on the page there It s so hard to balance the respect you have for your roots, your parents, your life forces, with the knowledge that some days are going to be harder than others One day they re chill and the next they re trying to talk you down from it or convince you that it s just a phase How no one wants to confront it or talk about it some days it s just ignore, ignore, ignore at all costs because then they think it ll go away or it won t be real How we need to be patient and trust in the love that our fams give us, even when it s not easy How some days we can t act or present ourselves in a way that s authentic to us, because those are the concessions we have to make sometimes in order to live and keep the peace Para la familia Every day is a negotiation.Y all, this book just hit me deep I live this damn struggle every day and Gabby Rivera managed to perfectly capture it in less than 300 pages Every page of this book made me feel alive and known And I still don t know how to put that into words.If you re queer and brown and still trying to figure out how to exist in this world, please read this book It s for you I strongly believe that everybody should read this book You don t have to be a woman to like it, nor a woman who loves other women you don t have to be white, asian, latino, black you just have to be you to like this book as much as I did.I don t even know where to start There are so many things I want to say and I m afraid I won t be able to do this book justice Because this book represents everything I m looking for in a Contemporary Everything.The main character, Juliet, just came out I strongly believe that everybody should read this book You don t have to be a woman to like it, nor a woman who loves other women you don t have to be white, asian, latino, black you just have to be you to like this book as much as I did.I don t even know where to start There are so many things I want to say and I m afraid I won t be able to do this book justice Because this book represents everything I m looking for in a Contemporary Everything.The main character, Juliet, just came out to her entire family before leaving for Portland for the entire summer She goes there to be the Pussy Lady s intern, a very well loved white feminist lady who wrote Juliet s favourite book, Raging Flower.And I loved Juliet, I loved how clueless she is about the LGBTQ community, about feminism, about herself, because we discover all these things with her We experience her doubts, her sadness, her happiness, her pain, and it was freaking beautiful.Juliet goes through a lot, she meets new people, open her mind to a world she didn t know existed, she finds herself, or at least she begins to understand who she wants to be Me Because I m a messy, over emotional, book nerd, weirdo, chubby brown human and I needed to learn how to love myself, even the shameful bits.This book deals a lot with feminism and how different feminism can be for a lot of people I admit, I was extremely afraid at the beginning of this book, because I felt like the feminism that was described was only meant for white cis women, and I didn t want to find this kind of bullshit in this book But turned out the book condemns strongly this kind of feminism I couldn t understand why it mattered so much Like, what was so bad about Raging Flower Ava said it was because Harlowe didn t make queer and or trans women of color a priority in her work that Harlowe assumed that we could all connect through sisterhood, as if sisterhood looked the same for everyone As if all women had vaginas Um, Ava, don t all women have vaginas I asked, staring at her Fuck no We just talked about this, she replied, This is why I can t fuck with Harlowe All Harlowe does is equate being a woman to bleeding and having certain body parts Like, I m so not with that For me, womanhood is radical enough for anyone who dares to claim it Also guys, there was an ENTIRE chapter on polyamory relationships and on MENSTRUATIONS CAN YOU BELIVE THAT In our society, periods are still really taboo even though they re the most natural thing ever People need to talk about periods in booksoften, because young ladies need to understand they have nothing to feel ashamed of Know your period as you know yourself Touch the wobbling blobs of blood and tissue that escape and land intact on your favorite period panties Note the shades of brown and purple and volcanic reds that gush, spill, and squirt out announcing themselves Slide fingers deep inside your cunt and learn what your period feels like before it s out of your body Masturbate to ease cramps and meditate to soothe the spirit Connect to your blood cycle Build sacred rituals around your body during this time of renewal.I wish I could do this book justice, I truly do, but I m a terrible mess right now I needed to read this book, because as a biracial bisexual woman I needed to feel like somebody had my back, and this book totally offered to watch it for me All of the women in my life were telling me the same thing My story, my truth, my life, my voice, all of that had to be protected and put out into the world by me No one else No one could take that from me I had to let go of my fear I didn t know what I was afraid of.Also, Cece s review is so much better than mine, so go read it please, you won t regret it Man, I hate to give this only 2 stars but I just can t honestly give it anyIt s too bad because the ideas really have potential the general plot outline sounds just like the coming out of age novels I love, the affectionate parodies of white feminism were spot on the excerpts from Raging Flower were fucking brilliant Some of the writing on the sentence level was quite nice Ugh, and I totally support the book s QTPOC politics too I really wanted to love this THERE S EVEN A SEXY LI Man, I hate to give this only 2 stars but I just can t honestly give it anyIt s too bad because the ideas really have potential the general plot outline sounds just like the coming out of age novels I love, the affectionate parodies of white feminism were spot on the excerpts from Raging Flower were fucking brilliant Some of the writing on the sentence level was quite nice Ugh, and I totally support the book s QTPOC politics too I really wanted to love this THERE S EVEN A SEXY LIBRARIAN WHO RIDES A MOTORCYCLE.But god damnit, I just read an entire fucking novel of telling instead of showing And the characterization was so shallow most of the characters never felt real to me Ultimately, I was just really bored reading this I ve read some of Rivera s journalism and essays on Autostraddle, which I thought were great, but fiction is a VERY different kind of writing and this entire novel needs a gigantic editorial makeover to transform it into that So much of it read like a Queer 101 textbook and or journal entries What a bummer Oh my heart Juliet is one of those heroines who is so wry and funny, but innocent too The hours I spent with this book gave me a bit of my 19 year old self back, and I m going to try to talk about why and how much it would have meant to me to read something like this then.Juliet is looking for knowledge she s newly out, on a mission to discover how being a feminist and being a lesbian and being a round, brown girl all fit together, and she thinks she s going to figure everything out in Portlan Oh my heart Juliet is one of those heroines who is so wry and funny, but innocent too The hours I spent with this book gave me a bit of my 19 year old self back, and I m going to try to talk about why and how much it would have meant to me to read something like this then.Juliet is looking for knowledge she s newly out, on a mission to discover how being a feminist and being a lesbian and being a round, brown girl all fit together, and she thinks she s going to figure everything out in Portland, Oregon at the feet of the pussy lady, Harlowe Brisbane At 19, I was a student in Asheville, North Carolina like a southern, mini Portland and there were a lot of Harlowe Brisbane types in my life I loved how Juliet was open to confronting all the new concepts being thrown at her and how she filtered them through herself and embraced trying out even the ones she ultimately chose to reject Juliet s openness was part of what made her such a powerful personality to read.That openness was full of vulnerability too Knowledge is a currency, and people give it or with hold it with their own motivations and insecurities and intentions all twisted up together There was this one scene where Juliet is humiliated and made to feel small because she doesn t know everything or even much of anything about being queer And I remembered back to 1996 and coming out to a lesbian friend in Asheville, and how she made me feel small and like I wasn t a good enough queer because I was just trying on bi That s right, bi erasure not that I had that word yet with a shame cherry on top 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 In that scene, I felt such a deep connection with Juliet, because I knew exactly how she felt We think we re safe around other queer people, that they can t or won t hurt us because they understand It s hard to learn, but we can be hurt just as much andby cruelty within the queer community I wish I could have read this twenty years ago And love Oh love, love, love I LOVE how this book talks about love About familial love, and romantic love, and the feel of falling in love with someone through words The fierce love of female friendship The bittersweet urgent love of a summer fling I m a romance novelist for a living, so I spend a lot of time thinking about love, and how we show it, and how we know when we re feeling it, and how we feel loved Juliet is wise Juliet knows you can feel love and be deeply loved all in one beautiful moment and that letting that moment be huge and awesome and everything that s putting love into the world Juliet was sometimes scared and confused and often hurt, but she loved And that s a special kind of fearlessness.Perhaps some of the strongest and most important parts of this story are the parts I m least qualified to comment on I m very much aware that while as a queer woman I related to Juliet on lots of levels, our experiences don t intersect on race I ll just say this Watching Juliet confront the racism in white feminism and take room for herself was wonderful All in all, I was charmed by this book I laughed and I cried and I devoured it in a weekend And I cannot wait to read whatever Gabby Rivera writes next.Lastly that cover That cover is everything Recommended when Roxane Gay tells you a book is f ing outstanding you make your humble butt take a seat and read it 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 Questions Than Answers, Juliet Takes On Portland, Harlowe, And Most Importantly, Herself An ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley but all opinions are my own.On hold DNF 35%One of the reasons I m trying not to DNF this is because I think I need to readto understand why I m not enjoying this.Okay it s been months now, and I know that I ll never pick this up again I m not going to rate it because I feel like it would be unfair, but I ve had some time to think about this book and I ve done so with an incredibly uncomfortable feeling in my gut every single time Let m An ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley but all opinions are my own.On hold DNF 35%One of the reasons I m trying not to DNF this is because I think I need to readto understand why I m not enjoying this.Okay it s been months now, and I know that I ll never pick this up again I m not going to rate it because I feel like it would be unfair, but I ve had some time to think about this book and I ve done so with an incredibly uncomfortable feeling in my gut every single time Let me get there.There is nothing wrong with this book itself It s an incredibly powerful book that will help a lot of people cope with things like coming out and being a POC in the US And that s the thing This is one of the most US centric books I ve ever tried to read and it just doesn t do it for me I kept wondering why it made me so goddamn uncomfortable at every sentence, and I think it all comes down to that I can t connect to any of the things that I encountered in the book at least up until the point where I read , and I know some of you will hate me and be like it s because you re white Well here s the thing, being white is not something that is homogeneous around the world I live in Europe and we have our own mentality and viewpoint and little to none of it comes down to skin color.Reading about whites in this book pissed me off because I kept thinking this book is not made for me , and that s okay It s not a book made for Europeans, but if you re someone who lives in the US you should probably give it a try.A final note because I m pissed I was under the impression that a reviewer should speak their mind about a book they re provided This is a sentence off the approval email I got for the ARC months ago If after reading all or part of the book you find the material was very different than you what expected or the genre was not to your liking, the Author would appreciate you not review the book as opposed to posting a review that would not be fair to the Author I tried to contact netgalley about it on twitter and they never replied, so I don t even feel bad about putting this out there since I m pretty sure this goes against everything that netgalley and the whole publisher reviewer policy should be

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