Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

juliet takes a breathThis might be unpopular opinion time, but I wasn’t as blown away by Juliet Takes a Breath as most other readers seem to be. Don’t get me wrong: there was plenty I did love about this book, even though one major aspect in particular frustrated me.

As much as I enjoy seeing white feminism parodied, one of the major characters is cissexist and TERFy for most of the book. What bothered me was, it didn’t seem to bother anyone. Other characters weren’t calling her out at all, which seemed to indicate agreement. It was finally addressed near the end (thank you, Ava), but so briefly that it felt like an afterthought. That scene wasn’t enough.

That being said, I loved Juliet as a character; her personality, her voice, and seeing her grow and get more comfortable with herself. Juliet Takes a Breath would make an interesting book club pick because there’s a ton to discuss, and it’s a fast read.