Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera ~ Book Review by Ameliah Faith

Juliet-Takes-a-Breath-CoverTitle: Juliet Takes A Breath

Author: Gabby Rivera

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

Cover Artist: Christy C Road

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/27/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Lesbian, New Adult


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.

My View:


Juliet is a nineteen year old Puerto Rican woman from New York who is contemplating her lesbian identity and looking for her place in the world. She gets an internship with a famous lesbian feminist author, Harper, in Portland. Juliet will be helping her research her new book. With some wonderful and unique people helping her along on her journey give her a lot to think about and learn from.
This book is not a quiet read on a lazy, still day. This book will make you think, sometimes so hard it will make your brain want to melt, but its a good thing. I didn’t know, I never even thought about other generations going through the same things, but as I read the struggles Juliet goes through, I remembered my experiences from more than 25 years ago. The questions, passions and desires to KNOW are so timeless. I found that even though Juliet is a self proclaimed chubby, brown girl and I am an older white woman some of the questions, doubts and truths are the same no matter your colour or gender identity and here comes the thinking… Not just for a natural born woman or man, everyone in the LGBT (Etc) community has these thoughts and feelings. Things are more complex now with all the new ways people identify as. It is confusing to me and I can only imagine how much more difficult it is to traverse these waters as newly out. It is so deep and profound, I am not giving it nearly as much justice as the book is due. It is something to be experienced more than I can tell you, you will just have to trust me on this. I can honestly say that I didn’t think I would enjoy the story as much as I did and am very glad that I challenged myself to read it. Thank you Ms Rivera for sharing your story.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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