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The Poet X

Poet X is a staggering novel written by Elizabeth Acevedo and is, in my opinion, the best book.

Incredibly moving and astoundingly emotive, this book tells the tale of Xiomora. Xiomara (pronounced "See-oh-MAH-ruh") is a troubled teen forced into a life of contrasts. Her mother, a devoted Christian, pushes her to attend church and follow strict rules of religion oppressing her; Xiomara is expected to "sit on the pews wearing pretty florals and a soft smile". On the other hand, she receives so much unwanted attention because of her body. With every step she takes in public she gets cat-called or approached by a sketchy, middle-aged man. As a result, Xiomara has no amount of self-acceptance, little individuality and either feels objectified or inhibited by her religion. But she does have one thi...

Poetry is her escape. Every moment of delightful glory or formidable anger could be expressed in a single stanza. Without it, Xiomara would be trapped.

As life goes on, Xiomara meets a boy; if her mother found out her rights would be unfairly stripped away. Now X has to decide what means more to her, the trust of her mother or freedom to self-expression.

Overall, this book was amazing. Every line was so captivating and the plot is like nothing I've read before. This book focuses on such sensitive topics (religion, sexism, culture, etc. ) and I think it was really well executed. I rate this book 5/5 stars for its new perspective and emotive style.

Posted on: 18th June 2019 at 09:39 am

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