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Poppy, St Helen and St Katharine

The Poet X

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple
Xiomara lives in Dominica, the Caribbean, raised in a strict, religious family and under the guidance of her disapproving mother. She feels like no one will listen or understand her but when her twin brother gives her a notebook for her birthday, she discovers a passion for slam poetry. X writes down everything she has never been able to tell anyone in the form of poems; about her love for Aman, a boy in her biology class; about feeling ‘not wanted’; about her feelings about her strict mother. But writing down her ‘insolent’ words are forbidden in her Catholic household but as X struggles to keep the notebook she keeps under her bed, and her new boyfriend, a secret, a weekly slam poetry club and her nights out with Aman is putting her secret in jeopardy...
This book must be my favourite so far! I love the way the author has written the set up as pretty much every page is a poem! This was a heart-warming and touching book and is perfect for young teens who feel like no one wants to hear them. The author keeps the story moving well but sometimes the plot does seem to trail on a bit. I think the ending is very clever as she sums the book up as one of X’s English ‘assignments.’ The characters are definitely distinguished from each other, especially X who is an inspiring main character! Because the book was written in poems, there was no direct speech involved but the author makes up for it well by writing down most of X’s thoughts and feelings just like a diary. This book was not very formal, being a notebook, and did have some slang-type words in it! I think the style she’s written it in is amazing and really sets the scene for X’s life. I loved reading this book and I have never come across this style of writing before! This book will stay with me for a long time!
Rating: 9/10

Posted on: 29th March 2019 at 08:44 am

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