Parents' Guide to

Juliet Takes a Breath

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

College student navigates identities in funny, moving tale.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+


This book has some pretty graphic lanuage. Although the book may overall have a good message I was uncomfortable with the choice of vulgar words. Maybe for older teens but not the language i encourage my 14yr old to use in an educational setting

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A funny, emotionally true book with an exceptionally compelling narrator. The main character of Juliet Takes A Breath is like a fat, Latinx, lesbian version of Holden Caulfield, with a keen eye for observing all the cultural norms that don't fit her in her assimilation-minded Catholic family in the Bronx, the feminist community in Portland, and with her White girlfriend. As a cousin leads Julia through a minefield of terminology and concepts, readers can follow along and think for themselves about what "identity" really is, and how to show respect and support for other people.

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