Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

Hi ya'll! I have a fun post for you guys today. I was inspired by this book to do a listicle on being a feminist. Juliet and I seem to think alike when it comes to feminism. For example, when I think feminism, my mind immediately thinks about white women because that's what is mainly portrayed in our social media/televison world. BUT the thing is that being a feminist doesn't have an age, race or sexual preference. We are ALL feminists in today's world. This book is a real eye opener for people of color, like myself, who need an extra lesson or too in feminism. And if you’re already a knowledgeable feminist, then you’ll still love this book!


Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she's not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer--what's sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet's coming out crashes and burns, she's not sure her mom will ever speak to her again.

But Juliet has a plan--sort of. Her internship with legendary author Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff, is sure to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. Except Harlowe's white. And not from the Bronx. And she definitely doesn't have all the answers . . .

In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out--to the world, to her family, to herself.

So, here are five reasons why we are ALL feminists:

1. We all get to vote. Did you know that women have only had the right to vote for 99 years this month?

2. We have the right to be professionals. Women have only been attending college for 182 years!

3. We can choose to be sports athletes. The Olympics didn’t include women’s events until 1928.

4. We can have a bank account!! Women weren’t able to open a bank account without her husband’s permission before 1975.

5. We have the right to be crazy... or not. Women were institutionalized involuntarily simply because husband‘s/father’s deemed women “crazy”. This was still in practice up until the early 1900’s.

The book is available for the first time in hardcover and will be available 09/17! Pre-order your copy here and if you've read it, let me know what you thought about it!


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