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A NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION OF THE BESTSELLING BOOK! 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 go ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by BOOM! Box
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Hal Schrieve This book features characters smoking marijuana, discusses sex and puberty and sexual harassment, and includes some swear words-- but I think that it'…moreThis book features characters smoking marijuana, discusses sex and puberty and sexual harassment, and includes some swear words-- but I think that it's a great book to read for anyone curious about LGBT community or worried about coming out. It's about the character learning new things among a big group of people with different opinions, and I think in that way it's a wonderful way to think about a lot of these concepts for the first time. I think many 12-year-olds can handle the content, though of course it depends, and it would be a good idea to bring up things that you're not sure about with someone you trust.(less)

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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
*reminds self that 3.5 stars is still a good rating and I shouldn't feel bad*

I wanted to adore this as much as most of my friends adore this and/or the original full novel version of the story, but I really thought it was just alright. While I adored the conversation on queerness and on being QBIPOC, and how different that experience is from a white queer person's experience, I found the plot rather meandering and boring. The art is really pretty, though, and I think this graphic novel will be P
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JulesGP
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read the original book almost 3 years ago and recall it having an impact on me. Although no specifics come to mind, I felt like it had unsettled me. Juliet Milagros Palante is 19 and is heading to Portland, Oregon, to do an internship with a well known feminist author, Harlowe Brisbane.

She is Puerto Rican and Harlowe is white. I mention this because it’s crucial to the story. Juliet is new and fresh eyed, open to possibilities of what it means to be a woman, a lesbian, and a person of color.
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Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
*I received an ARC of this book for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

“I love you like the seas love the moon. Whatever you are, whoever you love. I’m here.”


I adored this ❤︎ there were issues that were pointed out in such a short story that is relevant until today even though the original novel was published some 4 years ago.

THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE SO GORGEOUS; it did a lot to convery Juliet’s emotions, the pallette is used well and so my style, translates the comic relief

tw// ho
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Chad
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
I'll just start by saying, I'm by no means the target audience for this book. In fact, I'm probably the opposite, given I'm a cis white male. I just liked the cover art and decided to check it out.

Juliet is a teenage, Puerto Rican, newly out lesbian from the Bronx. She takes an internship with her idol over the summer in Portland, OR. Her boss, Harlowe, is a crunchy, lesbian, feminist author with a Karen attitude. The characters seemed to have stepped out of a Portlandia sketch. Juliet grows up
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Lianne
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story about learning, acceptance, self-discovery, and self-love.

I really enjoyed following Juliet's story as she develops as a person of her own. She's a lesbian who knows nothing about being a queer and being a feminist and we follow her as she learns and grows and I really appreciate how her character developed in the end. There are lots of lovely moments in this book you guys.

Just a heads up, I haven't read the novel that this book is based on but I would say that I had fun reading this gr
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Maia
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, queer-bipoc, lgbtq
This is brightly colored, lively adaptation of the novel of the same name (which I read and loved over the summer). I love Juliet's character design and the warm and energy of the color palette. I miss the pieces of her internal narration which had to be cut, and by necessity this is a slightly less complex version of the story. But it's a very faithful adaptation and I hope it pulls in new readers! ...more
Eva B.
First off, this art was gorgeous.
I really enjoyed this one, but it didn't do as much for me as the original book did. I still highly recommend it though!
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Alexander Peterhans
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First things first: I have not read the novel this book is based on, so I can't say anything about how well it is adapted.

I sometimes get the feeling with books that involve a severely underrepresented group (in this case gay women of colour), that the fact of this representation is seen as part of the quality. I am all for more representation of minority groups, and I applaud every author and artist who tries to right this wrong, but sometimes I think faults in such works are overlooked. So the
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Hsinju
Content warnings: racism, homophobia/homomisia, biphobia, sexual harassment, cheating

I went into this book without reading the original novel and really enjoyed this adaptation, especially the fun and expressive art style.

The story follows Juliet Milagros Palante (19, gay, Puerto Rican, fat) leaving the Bronx for an internship in Portland with (white) feminist Harlowe Brisbane (34). During this journey, Juliet is subjected to racism and finds kinship in the many QPOC she meets along the way.

“Go
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Skip
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this. I’m a big graphic novel/comic book fan but I’m bad at keeping up with the interesting ones coming up so I’m really enjoying seeing all the queer storylines that are becoming available. Juliet Takes A Breath is adapted from the novel by Gabby Rivera - a work I unfortunately haven’t had the opportunity to read as of yet, however this did not impact my enjoyment of the graphic novel at all - it stands strong by itself.

I loved the storyline of this. The novel was originally published i
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layla⚡
consider reading this review on my new blog here !

eARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. all opinions are my own.

note : this story is ownvoices for queer latinx rep

tw : homophobia, fatphobia, sexual assault.

rep :
🌈 fat + lesbian + latinx ( puerto rican ) mc
🌈 side bi + latinx ( puerto rican ) characters
🌈 side black + nonbinary character
🌈 side afro-latinx + queer character
🌈 polyamorous relationship ( mentioned )
🌈 side trans character ( transwoman, to be
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Fanna
December 12, 2020: A Puerto Rican lesbian—Juliet—has recently moved cities and started an internship, to find herself ecstatic by the sense of belonging she could feel amidst a diverse group that includes gender queer and other LGBT+ characters, Black and Latina characters, and a biracial (Korean-white) love interest. Despite being confident in her identity and proud of loving herself as a fat woman with asthma, she still receives the typical phrases from her mother who's in denial—"it's just a ...more
Creya
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Juliet comes out to her family in a big way. You know, when your main character is sitting at the dinner table and blurts, “I’m gay!” That night, she leaves the Bronx for an internship in Portland with “the pussy lady,” a super feminist who loves to stand for what she believes in... or so it seems. Juliet learns a lot about herself in Portland and kisses everyone. There were quite
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Loved it nearly as much as I loved the book!

Full RTC

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Lea (drumsofautumn)


“Reading will make you brilliant but writing will make you infinite.”

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.

At the center of this story is Juliet, who moves from the Bronx to Portland, Oregon, to start an internship with a feminist author called Harlowe Brisbane. During this internship she gets i
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

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 c
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Berry
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Okay, so here's the thing:
Juliet Takes a Breath made me feel both extremely uncomfortable, and very empowered.

The first half of this book felt like a mixture of old-school and new, slightly elitist feminism. Talks about how womanhood is loving my pussy, folds within the inherent assumption that being a woman equals being a female. I'm pretty sure this wasn't the author's intentions, it was probably even a criticism more than anything else... but starting off with the glorious revelation
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Kristen
During our first writer's club meeting this year, one of the new members recommended "Juliet Takes a Breath" to us, and I was super stoked to read it. To my surprise, I saw that it was also coming out as a graphic novel adaptation, and scooped it up (also forwarded the good news to a very excited teenager). I usually don't read the adaptation of books BEFORE reading the original, so this may be less "biased" review since it will be judged just on its merits as a graphic novel.

The main character
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Electriss ★BookishGamer★
The artwork was beautiful and the color palette they used is extremely memorable! But sadly the plot just didn't do it for me... Mainly because I didn't feel like there really was one.
Artwork 5/5 stars
Plot 2.5/5 stars
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

actual rating: 3.5

I haven't read the prose version of this story [I am way more likely to read contemporary YA as a graphic novel than a prose book] so I'm not sure how good of an adaption it is but I thought it was overall a cute and enjoyable read. I would like to warn for some transphobia that I don't think really gets adequately addressed though. There is a nonbinary character in a few scenes at the beginning and a trans woman at the end, but
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Laura
This is the story of a lesbian, Puerto Rican girl from the Brox, who wants to follow her mentor who happens to be a granola hippie feminist white woman who has white privilege coming out of her ears, and doesn't always realize it.

It is an interesting mix of a fish out of water, and a fish that is very much in the water, as Juliet both fits in well in Portland, and still sticks out.

There are tears, there are twists and turns, and there is self-realization. It is a fun, eye opening journey from s
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Sapphic Bookshelf
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gn
“Reading would make me brilliant, but writing would make me infinite.”

Juliet Takes a Breath was my last reading of 2020 and one of my favourites. This graphic novel was everything I needed. A queer story with a queer main character talking about body positivity, how hard it is to find yourself when you don’t even know who you are yet, and how important it is to be surrounded by people who love you and accept you no matter what. This GN through different happy and sad stories really makes you get
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Althea
After recently picking up Juliet Takes a Breath in novel form recently, I was so excited to hear that a graphic novel version was being released, so of course I jumped at the chance of reading an arc.

First and foremost, the art style is absolutely beautiful. The warm colour palette is so gorgeous and I felt so represented, seeing so many mid size and fat queer people and people of colour - and I know so many other people are going to feel so represented by this too!

The story is slightly changed
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Jane (whatjanereads)
I got a free eARC of this grafic novel from Netgalley.

I’m a little sad.
Because I really, really liked this book and was so excited that it was going to be adapted into a Grafic novel.
But somehow it didn’t work for me.

The art style is super pretty and I also liked the colours they chose. Juliet looks amazing!
We have a fat, queer, latinx protagonist and I already loved that in the book.
The whole book is super queer and feminist in general.
But in the book it was already a lot of topics that were
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Chessa
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel when I first read it years ago, and have been yelling about it ever since. I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I saw a graphic novel adaptation on NetGalley! I did get a little nervous, because adaptations of beloved things can be tricky if they don’t life up to expectations - but I shouldn’t have wasted the energy, because this is BRILLIANT and I whole-heartedly loved it. The art is gorgeous - the color palette was just so luscious. This coming of age story just captures ...more
Books by Kimi
I completely forgot I was reading this but thanks to the laid-back style of the book, it was easy to jump back into the story. It was a very entertaining and educational read but once again it went over the top to prove a point and get the message across. EVERYONE around the MC is gay, queer, trans etc. which isn't a bad thing at all - it's just a bit too random and unrealistic. It's again just a constant reminder that this is a book with a MESSAGE.

The art style wasn't my favorite either but it
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iam
Juliet Takes a Breath is an important and loving story about racism, queerness and coming-of-age, but unfortunately for me this graphic novel adaption fell short.

Content warnings include: sexual harassment, racism, homophobia, break-up, non-explicit sex on-page, equation of sex with gender (challenged towards the end).

Juliet's story was lovely and so important. I loved that this ownvoices story about a fat latinx lesbian with asthma is being told. It explores the pitfalls of white feminism a
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Hal
arc provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

So, I’ll start this off with saying that I really enjoyed the art style and how colorful and vibrant it is and I feel like it captured each character so well!

I did like Juliet as a main character, I feel like her development was great and I loved how empowered, strong and capable she is by the end of this as she learned more about herself and the QPOC community.

I think it was more about the writing style that didn’t vibe
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Laura
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-reads
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy for review.

Content Warnings: homophobia, homophobic language (there are reclaimed slurs used a LOT. and while the characters using them are the ones reclaiming them, i understand that can still be triggering for people), racism.

I went into this graphic novel knowing very little. I saw the cover, graphic novel and LGBT and figured it would be a delightful story. and I was right. We follow Juliet, a young gay Puerto Rican girl growing up in the Bro
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Zinzee Noel
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Most of the time I was confused 😂. With all seriousness I love that this graphic novel was full of queers, that aspect made me super happy. There were some areas that left me a little bit confused.

Juliet decided to do her internship far away from home with someone her girlfriend calls the "Virgina lady". Before she left she came out to her family about her sexuality. Being from a Puerto Rican background with there religion her mom wasn't accepting that. In the beginning of her internship her gi
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Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born, queer Puerto Rican author on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever.

She’s the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics, penning the solo series America about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse. Rivera’s critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was called “f*cking outstanding” by Roxane Gay and was re-published in Sep
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