Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

I joined Bustle's American Woman Book Club earlier this month and this book club is all about diversity. The first book selected for Bustle's American Woman Book Club is Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera. I'd never heard of Gabby Rivera until joining Bustle's American Woman Book Club.

I chose to listen to the unabridged audio version of Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera and narrated by Lillian Claire. Listening time for Juliet Takes A Breath is 7 hours, 35 minutes.

Wow, Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera is a phenomenal novel to kick off Bustle's American Woman Book Club! I am so glad this novel was chosen because Gabby Rivera's writing is crisp, refreshing, engaging, and the perfect introduction to a wide range of diverse topics. Juliet Takes A Breath encompasses the topics of feminism, coming of age, various LGBTQ topics, and the Latino experience. 

I was completely hooked on Juliet's story from the moment I began reading the preface of Juliet Takes A Breath all the way through to the epilogue. This novel is a heavy hitter in terms of the topics covered regarding feminism, identity, culture, self discovery, and more. There is so much food for thought throughout Juliet Takes A Breath... It is a very tightly written novel and a must read for those interested in reading books with diverse topics.

By the way, I thought that Lillian Claire did a fabulous job narrating Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera. So, if you're into listening to audiobooks, then by all means buy this novel from Audible.

I have one minor complaint with this novel that is difficult to articulate into words, so will not address it. Other than that this book is a superb read.

The following is a summary of Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera from Audible:
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.
Below is an interview featuring Gabby Rivera discussing her novel Juliet Takes A Breath.

I highly recommend reading Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera and am giving this novel a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. Ooh! This is now on my list!!!
    You know, I got my B.A. in Chicano Latino Studies, so I enjoy reading anything about Latino culture in the U.S. and about Latino version of feminism.

    I also like the idea of Bustle's American Woman Book Club. I need to remember to join later on when I am done with my program.

    1. I think you'll enjoy reading this book then!! You'll have to let me know what you think about it once you've read it.