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Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

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Everything is awash in the same palet of orange, yellow, pink and purple, it never changes according to mood or tone (except when the story moves to Miami for a bit, that gets its own wash of samey colours). This book examines white liberalism in general and hippies in particular, especially that of white womanhood and white feminism, and all of the contradictions that that entails.

For example: it was all very focused on equating body parts and menstruation to womanhood, which is downright violent to trans people. The characters in the story were openly critical of the exclusionary and dismissive white feminist nonsense and actively challenged that white feminism was universal. One of the biggest themes of this graphic novel was white feminism and the saviour complex that white people have.One day they're chill and the next they're trying to talk you down from it or convince you that it's just a phase. another note : this graphic novel is based on the novel Juliet Takes a Breath by the same author, but you don't need to read it to understand this. This story interrogates the institution of feminism and queer spaces, especially when both of those tend to privilege white voices and bodies.

I feel there is a balance to be made between formality and informality when writing and this book seemed to teeter between one extreme end and the other. I've read some of Rivera's journalism and essays on Autostraddle, which I thought were great, but fiction is a VERY different kind of writing and this entire novel needs a gigantic editorial makeover to transform it into that. There’s also a Korean-American romantic interest, a poly relationship, queer female friendships, and multiple f/f romantic relationships (although the focus of this book is never really romance).She means well, but good intentions mean shit when those well-intentioned actions cause actual pain and harm.

The story is slightly changed from the plot of the book, but it's not something I minded - for example, I liked that there was a little more detail given as to where Phen disappeared off to, but I did feel that some parts, like the QTBIPOC club night and the ending were a little bit rushed for them to have the full impact that they did in the book. There were a lot of moments where I enjoyed Juliet’s unfiltered nature in dialogue, but the way her thought process was written is not a favorite of mine. Second of all, because I just think there's something entirely glorious about referring to yourself as a ferocious cunt.I did have a little issue with the mentioning of gender being heart and sex being parts—I feel like genitals aren’t relevant here. It made me wonder about all the ways that we are able to love each other and how movies and TV make it seem like you have to discard people once they break your heart or once the love disappears. Over and over again, the bullshit complaints of white feminists are shot down and intersectionality is emphasized, explained, and made the most important part of the feminism Juliet is trying to learn. I live this damn struggle every day and Gabby Rivera managed to perfectly capture it in less than 300 pages. My story, my truth, my life, my voice, all of that had to be protected and put out into the world by me.

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