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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 don’t worry, Juliet has something kinda resembling a plan that’ll help her figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out. See, she’s going to intern with Harlowe Brisbane – her favorite feminist author, someone’s who’s the last work on feminism, self-love and lots of of ther things that will help Juliet find her ever elusive epiphany. There’s just one problem – Harlowe’s white, not from the Bronx and doesn’t have the answers. Okay, maybe that’s more than one problem but Juliet never said it was a perfect plan…

Critically-acclaimed writer Gabby Rivera adapts her bestselling novel alongside artist Celia Moscote in an unforgettable queer coming-of-age story exploring race, idenrity and what it means to be true to your amazing self. even when the rest of the world doesn’t understand.

Title : Juliet Takes A Breath
Author : Gabby Rivera
Illustrator : Celia Moscote
Format : eARC
Page Count : 176
Publisher : BOOM! Box
Release Date : December 1, 2020

Reviewer : Micky
Rating  : ★ ★ ★ .5

Micky’s 3.5 star review

I think I tripped myself up with this one because I hyped it massively to myself and I seriously wish I’d read the book (which I own) before the graphic novel. What I found with Juliet Takes A Breath was a character I could adore but a story short on depth because…graphic novel length, I think.

What I cannot regret over this read was fantastic illustration and story potential. Juliet was beautiful, curvy and full of feisty get-go but also with a bit of fear and trepidation. There was a coming-out story, family woes and relationship stresses. Plenty for the reader to get their teeth into as long as you don’t want to bite too deep. I wanted more underneath, depth to the story which I’m guessing is present in the book.

Illustration wise, this was glorious. My favourite visualisation of characters were Juliet (of course), Kira, Maxine and Harlowe’s hairy legs. There’s also a wee bit of suggested visualised steam and that was nicely done.

So, if you want a taster of this story, the graphic novel is perfect. I imagine that those that have read the book already will love this visualation too. I think I need to reverse my steps now and read the book to get that bit more that I wanted.

Thank you to BOOM! Box for the early review copy.

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