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Iona, St Helen and St Katharine

The Poet X

The Poet X is a moving, gripping book. It is about a young girl named Xiomara who loves writing poetry. As this book is written in verse, you think that is going to be hard to read, yet actually it is fun and easy to read and more interesting than if it had been in the style of a normal book.
The characters are all individual with their own beliefs – Devout, Catholic Mami, Quiet Papi, Clever Xabier ( nicknamed “Twin” by Xiomara), her friend and fellow church-goer Caridad, Sweet Aman, Old, kindly Father Sean and of course, the main character Xiomara. She is a young girl who is forced to do confirmation by her old fashioned mother, and is constantly overshadowed by her twin brother, who goes to in her words a “genius’ school”. Yet when Xiomara begins to doubt her faith and joins a poetry club in school with her favourite teacher, Mrs Galiano, and begins to be more social, she is punished by her parents. She is forced to kneel in rice, which must be very painful.
This book was written in poetry. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it, but I really enjoyed it. If the book had been written in a more normal style, then it wouldn’t have made as much sense as the poems show Xiomara’s thoughts and feelings in a way the could not be conveyed as simple words on paper.
The plot of this book is very well thought out. The author appears completely in control of what happens at all times.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would rate it a 7 out of 10.

Posted on: 1st May 2019 at 10:34 am

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