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Ileen, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Poet X

I really enjoyed this book, it IS aimed at older readers, unlike 'Chicken Legs'. I like how it tackles religion in a modern context. It shows Christianity- Catholicism- in a different light. It shows how things are different for modern readers- religion is not as drilled in with the introduction of free will and thought.
Most of all, I really like the main character Xiomara. She is an unsure, unconfident teen who just lacks that love in life. With an unobtrusive father and devout mother, living in a 'dodgy' area, she is looked down upon for defending herself, for not turning the other cheek, etc. She sees how the application of God's Commandments could get someone like her killed.
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Not only this, but when she discovers her brother is gay, she is pushed to her religious boundaries. She knows what would happen if her parents found out and this pressure that constantly constrains her is relatable in some way to all sorts of audiences. Even I, as a person with freedom, have these constraints.
But what I love most is the way Xiomara tackles these problems eventually, bit by bit - with support of course. It shows how religion can be a salvation, but how children who are born into them should have some choice.
These are just a few reasons why I enjoyed this book. I recommend it to people who don't always feel love or to people who are having troubles in faith - specifically if they are born into devout families.

Posted on: 9th April 2019 at 08:37 am

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