• Juliet Takes a Breath

  • By: Gabby Rivera
  • Narrated by: Gabby Rivera
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A People magazine Best Book of Fall 2019
An Amazon Best Young Adult Book of 2019

"F--king outstanding." (Roxane Gay, New York Times best-selling author)

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto-Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she's not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer - what's sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet's coming out crashes and burns, she's not sure her mom will ever speak to her again.

But Juliet has a plan - sort of. Her internship with legendary author Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff, is sure to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. Except Harlowe's white. And not from the Bronx. And she definitely doesn't have all the answers....

In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out - to the world, to her family, to herself.

©2019 Gabby Rivera (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Healing & Growth

this book is like a portal to my younger queer self learning the language of queerness our heternoramtive culture would never allow us access too. It addresses the racism that permeates the community as well. It's a book of healing and growth. definitely worth a read.

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This book is everything.

Read this. This book is everything. Self discovery, curious exploration of identity, white privilege, white lady feminism, queerness, pronouns, racism, sex, coming out, all from the perspective of the endlessly lovable Juliet as she follows her dreams and steps more fully into herself. I love this book beyond words.

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Love this book

Such a beautiful piece. Would highly recommend for any young queer person coming into their identity. It’s a study in the resilience of queer people of color, intersectionality, the way that white feminism falls short of true liberation, and what love is all about.

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Amazing!

By far one of my favorite I have read! I have recommended it to so many. Captivating and love that she narrates it.

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The book I desperately needed

This book spoke to so much of what I experienced as a kid and how I wish I would’ve processed it then. Still, as an adult, it was beautiful to see the richness of queerness so perfectly illustrated for young readers. This must become essential reading in any YA classroom. Rivera is on her way to become one of the greats.

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Viva la revolución!

I couldn’t have loved this book more both for the exuberance of the main character Juliet and for the politics, critique, exploration of micro/macro aggressions, and illustration of complex relationships. I am so grateful to Gabby Rivera for her writing and reading of this book. I work in a racially and ethnically diverse middle school and facilitate a GSA club. Will def recommend to the more mature young people in the group.
Viva la revolución!

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Amazing!

As a 9th grade English teacher, I can’t wait to explore this book with my students! Beautifully read and written!

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Empowering

Once I started this book, I was unable to put it down. It covered every part of representation for every person; especially those of us that are POC. It shed light on things that most of us are ashamed to talk about, and it opened doors for communication for things that we are afraid to ask about. Phenomenal. Powerful. Feminine. A brilliant Ann’s inspirational read. Instant favorite.

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from one brown, chunky, dreamy Juliet to another

thank you for pouring so much love into each of your characters. thank you for making Juliet about so many questions and not necessarily all the answers. i love your voice and performance as well and I would love to have you read me books all the time. felicidades!!

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  • 11-02-21

Incredible Book!

I loved that Gabby was the narrator. She did an incredible job. I highly recommend!