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Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

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How does it all come together, she wonders, the way you do when you’re first venturing out into the world.

I’ll just say this: Watching Juliet confront the racism in white feminism and take room for herself was wonderful. but I wish she could've been explored better as a character, and not just as a reflection of her surroundings.During this journey, Juliet is subjected to racism and finds kinship in the many QPOC she meets along the way. So much to relate to as a queer POC trying to make sense of the broader queer and feminist communities. This is one of the few books I've actually seen succeed - in the way it addresses the needs of PoC-only spaces and the propagation of white and trans-exclusionary feminism and anti-Blackness and just. She arrives in Portland, Oregon for a summer internship with Harlow Brisbane—the author of one of her favorite books, and resident feminist icon—believing that working with her idol will help her to figure out her life, whatever that means.

This graphic novel talks about casual racism, it talks about how reverse racism doesn't exist, it's about how white people will so often overstep and speak over people of colour when they are trying to help. As Juliet sinks deeper into her life, however, she realizes that Harlowe is just like the project she sent Juliet to work on—pieces of paper scattered throughout, words that sound powerful but have lost their meaning or have no substance, disorganized and exploitative. I appreciate the ending, and if I hadn't completed this book I would have DNFed it with 1 star, but the ending had a discussion of a couple things I had problems with. 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.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. I would like to warn for some transphobia that I don't think really gets adequately addressed though. There is also a great f/f sex scene with a big emphasis on consent and masturbation is also explored in this graphcic novel.

Juliet Takes a Breath is a graphic novel adaptation of the novel with the same title and unpacks so many different themes, from white feminism and intersectionality to finding your place in queer spaces, heartbreak and coming out. Me dan ganas de comprar este libro en físico y arrancarle todas las páginas para hacer un mural con ellas en mi cuarto. All those aspects, while brief, due to the nature of this format, were so well done and surely very eye-opening for many people. I love how I had to double-check myself on my thoughts because I'm a white woman, and when I read a book written by an author of color, I want to make sure I don't think or judge before I listen.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. Following the perspective of a Puerto-Rican lesbian discovering feminism is an experience I cherished and I hope to read from more protagonists like Juliet in the future. 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.

This forced me to address and acknowledge some of my own white privilege and cissexism and I really liked that about it. I really loved Juliet's relationship with her brother, even though we only got to read about it briefly and later on in the novel we meet Juliet's cousin and aunt who live in Miami, who were also such wonderful characters to read about and had a big impact on Juliet's journey too. 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. 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.

I always find her way to tell stories so fresh in the comic industry but Juliet’s story resonates with me in a different way. I’d highly recommend to any graphic novel fans, and if getting your stories in this manner isn’t your kind of thing I’d encourage you to pick up the original novel - just like I’m going to. I’m really glad they came out with this graphic novel because I might not have been able to get around to reading the novel, and it might be the same with other people. I found some of the queer characters to be little stereotypical and not developed enough in this short text (perhaps they are more developed in the longer version). Unlike The Catcher in the Rye, which was a painful read because I mostly remember wanting to smack Holden with his own book, I could hardly wait to pick up Juliet Takes a Breath in my spare time.



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