ARC Review: Juliet Takes a Breath (Graphic Novel) by Gabby Rivera

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book. I have not read the book the graphic novel is based on (also called Juliet Takes a Breath) but now I definitely want to.

The art is gorgeous and I love the color palette. The characters are all clearly individuals and clearly queer and beautiful.

Juliet undergoes so much growth in this graphic novel – nearly every frame shows her growing and becoming herself. She starts as a baby queer interning for one of her heroes. Unfortunately, said hero turns out to be a very white granola hippy feminist with a poor grasp of intersectionality.

There are a lot of lessons here of what it means to be queer and a poc vs what it means to be queer and white, and I really appreciated it. I feel like I learned a few things too.

It was a quick read and that was a bit deceptive because every frame is important and every frame takes Juliet on her journey from her mom not accepting her to finding her tribe and her family finally accepting her. It ties up neatly, but so often stories of girls like Juliet don’t, and it was nice to find one that does.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Boom! Studios for providing an e-arc for review.

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