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Haaniah, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Poet X

The Poet X is a verse novel about a teenage girl, Xiomara, and her rediscovering herself. The use of poems as the structure of the book worked extremely well, as it seemed very personal as Xiomara loves poetry and is the author of her autobiographical poems. However, it did mean that less insight was given into the other characters was given and that they weren’t explored as fully as they could have been, which may have been a nice addition to the storyline. The plot was fabricated well and there was a good balance of description and dialogue.
Xiomara is a credible character and is quite inspirational in her journey to find out who she really is. Through the course of the book, she develops into a more confident and stronger-willed person. Xiomara is skilfully revealed by Acevedo through the poems, however Xavier (her twin brother) and Caridad (her best friend) could also have been revealed more.
The ending of the book finishes the story off nicely and is appropriately realistic. It is not forced to be exaggeratedly positive, and has the right balance of positivity and negativity for it to be believable.
I quite enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any teenagers wanting a captivating and relatable read.

Posted on: 3rd June 2019 at 01:28 pm

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