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Honey, St Helen and St Katharine

The Poet X

Xiomara loves to write poetry. She bundles her unheard feelings into her poems, all without her family’s knowledge. Xiomara’s mother is obsessed with raising her as a true catholic girl but Xiomara, otherwise known as X, would rather attend slam poetry contests and date boys. In a world where her decisions don’t seem to count, how far is Xiomara willing to go to get her voice heard?
Xiomara’s character develops throughout the book as she becomes braver towards her mother and manages to create a life where she has more freedom. You get a sense of this as she narrates her story, where Xiomara can tell her emotions to the reader. Acevedo creates a very powerful character, in the way that she acts as if a teenager would, specifically towards her mother. They have a relationship which causes problems, as they both have very different opinions on matters, particularly religion.
The style of the book is poetic. I like that it is in this form as it links in with the subject of the book, making it feel even more like Xiomara is writing it. The plot could be interesting at times but some parts were a bit dry and it felt like the story was not progressing with Acevedo repeating the same points concerning how Xiomara was feeling. In the book Xiomara has a few people to help her get her own say but two of them, Twin and her best friend Caridad, were not included in the book as much as I thought they should have been, especially Caridad who could have been a bigger influence in Xiomara’s decisions.
In her school, Xiomara has to write assignments in her English class. I like that Acevedo includes these as Xiomara writes a draft of how she truly feels, and then the handed in piece which is very different to the first. This is another aspect of the book which shows that Xiomara keeps her feelings hidden.
Overall, I would give this book a 6/10 as although the book was written well, the plot was not always captivating and the characters could have boosted these areas.

Posted on: 4th June 2019 at 08:47 am

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