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Sanaa, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Poet X

I was excited to read this book because I was intrigued by this new style of writing a book through poetry, and thought it would be really interesting to see how Acevedo uses poetry to tell a story. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. The main character, Xiomara, uses poetry as a release and a coping mechanism and by telling Xiomara's story through poetry it makes this character more believable and convincing as well as offering the reader a deeper insight into her mind. Although the inner dialogue and thoughts of other characters were not as apparent as Xiomara's, Acevedo allowed each character to convincingly interact and develop and built up a consistent background for each character. The plot was easy to follow, while still being thought-provoking. One aspect that I really liked was the realistic ending. The story came to a positive resolution which I appreciated after being taken on a journey of heartbreak, despair, struggle and woe but was still realistic and not overly optimistic. It was a great read that I highly recommend for all teenagers and adults. My personal favourite aspect of the novel was its unique style of writing the whole novel in verse. By doing so Acevedo created the appropriate moods effectively so as to draw the reader in and make sure Xiomara's story stays with them forever.

Posted on: 24th March 2019 at 04:58 pm

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