We have a poetry type of review today, Yeaaaahh!! I’m so happy, I love poetry but I guess I haven’t been looking in the right places and I am always on a look out for a good poetry book. So if you have any recommendations please do leave them in the comments section. Apart from that, can we just take a moment and admire the fact that this has been a good week for my blog. I’ve been consistent this week and I hope to keep it up. So, lets get to the review.
Title: The Poet X || Author: Elizabeth Acevedo || Published: 6 March 2018 || Genre: Fiction, Young adult fiction || Pages: 361
The Poet X is a coming-of-age story that follows a teenage girl in Harlem, Xiomara Batista, with a developed body in a deeply religious immigrant home. There are instances of street harassment, parental abuse and religious discussions. Xiomara is a twin and she does everything to defend herself from anyone who threatens her and her brother.
Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers. With her mother determined for her to follow and obey church laws, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
But with that, will Xiomara continue to be silent?
I love poetry and I think the story is told in a best way and the author really did a good job with painting out the bigger picture to the readers. The writing is simple and easy to follow.
I enjoyed the portrayal of the parents, and it was easier to relate to some of the things they were talking about. She talks about being born to parents who are a bit older, which was portrayed accordingly for me.
The expectations her mother had were just too much but at the end its something that we usually see in our communities which is not good though when it comes to raising kids.
Overall, the story-line depicted exactly what happens in life. Its a good book I’d really recommend it.
“Your silence furnishes a dark house. But even at the risk of burning, the moth always seeks the light.”
“I’ve learned not to be angry. Sometimes the best way to love someone is to let them go.”
“Just because your father’s present doesn’t mean he isn’t absent.”
Those were my thoughts and I’d like to know yours if you’ve read this book.
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