About: It's 2002, and 19-year-old Juliet Milagros Palante just came out to her family, and is subsequently fleeing the Bronx for Portland, Oregon, fearing that her mother may never speak to her again. Despite her life being a mess, Juliet has a plan to figure out her identity as a Puerto Rican lesbian — she is going to intern with the author of her favorite book, Harlowe Brisbane, a queer feminist author who seemingly knows everything Juliet longs to learn. Except she's white, and not from the Bronx, and she definitely doesn't know everything Juliet hoped she would. With her only real plan not panning out how she thought it would, will one summer be enough for Juliet to figure out who she really is, all on her own? Is that even possible?
This character-driven YA has so much to say about finding yourself and fighting for what's right, about the importance of finding community, especially for those of intersecting identities; Juliet, being a queer person of color, truly finds herself in BIPOC spaces where she really feels seen and ultimately less alone. This book is something special, and I think we can all find a bit of belonging in it.
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