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Robyn, Hope Valley College Borrowers

The Poet X

This is my favourite out of the 6.5 books I've read so far. I liked the format and the way all the poems flowed into each other. I enjoyed how she came to terms with herself and was exploring and rewriting the rules she was meant to follow. Mum was an interesting character, one which. if there was a sequel could be explored even more. I liked how she followed what she believed in and the fact that she had to come to terms that not everyone was like her and had the same views. I think it would be hard to be Aman as Xiomara didn't treat him very well and although she was struggling she could have been kinder. The English teacher was a rock for Xiomara in this story and when everything fell apart I liked how she pulled it together again. The relationship between Xiomaara and "Twin" was interesting. I felt that she resented the fact that she and "Twin" didn't have a closer bond. I enjoyed that it wasn't just her that was coming to terms with not being normal.I liked how it was centred around an orthodox religion which doesn't suit everybody no matter how hard you try to fit in. When Aman judged her on her character and not her body, like many of the men in the book, I felt like it was a stepping stone to becoming accepted for what you are not what you look like. The ending was good and when she learnt that it was ok to speak out that was nice. Overall, it was a great book and I am glad for it being put on the shortlist as normally I would never read a book like it.

Posted on: 14th April 2019 at 10:44 am

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