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Finally a book that tells our story. It made me feel like a queer brown teenager again. Thank you Gabby Rivera!
Would you listen to Juliet Takes a Breath again? Why?
Yes, because it's so layered, and poses so many questions, that I think a re-listen would include even more discoveries.
What other book might you compare Juliet Takes a Breath to and why?
None. This book is unlike any I’ve ever read before. "Juliet Takes a Breath," by Gabby Rivera, is a revelation, and it is revolutionary. It’s a novel that poses so many questions, and it makes you think, and rethink. Most of the questions aren’t answered, but that’s okay, because I believe that’s the point. In "Juliet Takes a Breath," Juliet explores the world and who she is, and the reader is forced to do the same.
Any additional comments?
I loved nearly everything about this book, the prose in particular. It has humor and melancholy, and it’s insightful analysis is mostly balanced by an entertaining plot. The writing is beautiful and engaging, intelligent and down-to-earth. This wasn’t a perfect read for me, because there were some moments when I lost interest, though they were few and far between. Sometimes the pace just let up and I had to rewind and reset.
“This world is yours to reinvent.”
In this book, Juliet falls in love with a book because it is a refuge from her neighborhood and her contradictions, but then when she meets the author and her friends, she learns that we’re all a host of contradictions and differences that we most reconcile within and amongst ourselves. I love this novel for tackling intersectionality and the challenges women face regarding unity and empowerment.
The characters in this novel are vibrant and to say they’re multi-faceted is an understatement. There are lessons to be learned here, but as I stated, it’s not clear cut, at all. I loved Juliet’s story and what she goes through, even if her growing pains sometimes made my heart ache.
More books like this need to exist, books with depth and passion. ALL women should read this book. (Men too, but they’re not what this is about.) I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a book that features great writing, is layered, awesome, engaging, and honest. Get to reading!
“I live for myself, all of my selves.”