Juliet Takes a Breath, the award-winning novel from writer Gabby Rivera, is getting a graphic novel adaptation. Publisher BOOM! Studios announced today that Rivera will pen the adaptation, with Celia Moscote illustrating. The graphic novel will be published under the BOOM! Box imprint.

Juliet Takes a Breath
Juliet Takes a Breath

Here’s how BOOM! describes Juliet Takes a Breath:

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again.

But don’t worry, Juliet has something kinda resembling a plan that’ll help her figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out. See, she’s going to intern with Harlowe Brisbane – her favorite feminist author, someone whose work on feminism, self-love and lots of other things will help Juliet find her ever elusive epiphany.

There’s just one problem – Harlowe’s white, not from the Bronx and doesn’t have all the answers. Okay, maybe that’s more than one problem, but Juliet never said it was a perfect plan…

Along with Juliet Takes a Breath, Rivera was the writer of Marvel’s America series, making her the first Latina to write for the publisher. She is currently writing another series for BOOM! Studios, b.b. free, about a teenager who develops cosmic powers while on a road trip with her friends. That series is drawn by Royal Dunlap. Moscote is an illustrator and storyboard artist; Juliet Takes a Breath is her first graphic novel.

In a statement announcing the adaptation, Rivera and Moscote expressed their excitement for the project:

“So excited to be working with BOOM! studios on the JULIET TAKES A BREATH graphic novel. We’re blasting new energy into the story and lush colors all over the page,” said writer Gabby Rivera. “Get ready for a Juliet Milagros Palante that’s gayer, chubbier, and more confident than ever before.”

“I am beyond excited for everyone to see JULIET TAKES A BREATH. I cried when I first read it! It’s a story I wish I had when I was first trying to navigate the world,” said artist Celia Moscote. “It’s an absolute honor to be able to bring such an amazing cast of characters to life. Family drama, sexual re-awakenings and a bunch of incredibly smart and hot women, what more could you ask for?”

Released in 2016, Rivera’s novel of the same name won a silver medal in the Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans category of the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards. It was also added to the 2017 Amelia Bloomer List, which “curates a booklist of notable feminist literature for people from birth to age eighteen,” by the American Library Association.

The graphic novel adaptation of Juliet Takes a Breath is due out in stores in November 2020.


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