*crossover appeal with older Young Adult/YA
This is one I've seen around a lot in the diverse books community online.
So many people that I trust and admire loved it that I was like - ok! Have to read this! XD
The author of her favourite book - the one she credits with introducing her to feminism - Harlowe Brisbane, has offered her an internship.
Is this summer the one? The summer of her life? She hopes so, but things rarely turn out the way you plan.
This book tries to take intersectional feminism out of the realms of theory, and into the realms of practise, in all of its sticky, messy, real-world glory.
I love that. Equality and social justice aren't easy one-route things, and people are human.
And humans are fallible. That doesn't mean you give up on them entirely.
Basically, there's sh** that even good people pull which is NOT ok. You let them know that.
What happens after that is where the differences comes in. And I love the way that's handled in this book.
The characters here are strong, real, beautiful, messy people. They rock.
The prose in Juliet Takes a Breath is gorgeous and complex - with a rhythm like a heartbeat.
(And my synaesthesia would like to inform you that it tasted of chocolate chip cookies!)
This book is also #OwnVoices - remember to support diverse creators! :)
- Roxane Gay on Goodreads (QPoC)
- Naz @ Read Diverse Books (QPoC/Latinx)
- Adriana on Goodreads (QPoc/Latinx)
- Tori @ InToriLex (PoC)
Not so great bits:
Potentially distressing content in this book includes:
- homophobia/general queerphobia
- White Feminism
- coming out
- adverse reactions to coming out
- references to 9/11
- threat of sexual assault/attack
There's loads of swearing, and some sexy-times, but nothing that graphic.
There's reclaimed use of the slur 'dyke,' that might be offensive to some. As this is #OwnVoices, it's fine, but some people might not like reading it.
There's a lot of info in this book - which is fab - but sometimes it can come across as a little info-dump-y.
Also, the social justice terms used seem a little modern for 2002 - so much so that it took me a while to figure out what time period this book was meant to be set in.
This isn't a fast-paced, action-packed plot. This is character driven - so fans of lots of sh** happening in every chapter might wanna look elsewhere!
Also, there's a loooooot of hippie stuff! I was torn between 'Aww! My childhood!' and 'Ugh! My childhood!'*
So yeah, that stuff might irritate you - like it did with me; though my irritation was tempered by nostalgia.
*Long story short - my parents are v. hippie-ish.
There are a few problems with this book in regards to references to Native Americans, which you can read about in Weezie's review which discusses the Native rep from an #ownvoices perspective.
There are also issues with equating female reproductive organs with being a woman - which is trans-exclusionary, bordering on transphobic, but this IS challenged within the book.
Whether it's challenged ENOUGH is another thing - and one that I'm really not sure on.
- Nicole on Goodreads (LGBTQ+)
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