Juliet Takes A Breath By Gabby Rivera

Available At: Pine Creek, Rampart

Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+, Racism, Sexual, Violence, Whiteness

Description: Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon–whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of color.

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: This book contains alternate sexualities; alternate gender ideologies; alcohol and drug use; excessive/frequent profanity and derogatory terms; controversial and inflammatory racial commentary; controversial historical, racial, and social commentary; discussion of self-harm involving cutting.

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Page 15: “”I said you lookin’ mad good,” he repeated, his breath harsh on my neck. “I’m gay and not interested,” I blurted out. “That’s a damn shame. Maybe you just need this good D right here,” he said as he grabbed his crotch. He stared at me and gave himself a good up and down stroke.

Page 35: “Red meat comes from what the patriarchy calls ‘the industrialization of food’ but in reality, it’s the separation of humanity from their own food production and from Mother Earth. It’s also wholly dependent on the enslavement of other individuals and animals. That terror and disregard for life seeps into our souls and bodies with every bite. It’s an absolute poison to the pussy. Don’t believe me? Go down on a meat-eater and tell me if you can’t taste the sadness.”

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