The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
This book is powerful.
This novel is influential.
This story is impactful.
The Poet X has completely and utterly blown me away. The book is written in verse and it is beautiful. I don’t think I have ever read a more beautifully written book.
I was a little wary of this novel when I heard it was written in verse, I guess I was just afraid of the unknown. I was worried I wouldn’t connect to the story and I wouldn’t feel close to the characters. But that perspective is the complete opposite of how I felt by the time I read the last page.
I saw myself in Xiomara, I sympathized with her. As a girl who grew up with a strict and old fashioned family, especially my mother, I knew exactly how X felt as she, without meaning to, cast shame on her family.
The characters in this book are all strong individuals with their own personalities. I haven’t read many books with such well rounded characters, in a while. Add a fierce storyline and a unique writing method and this novel is nothing but 5 star quality reading.
There is a strong message in these verses that your life should be lived the way that you want it to be lived. As they all say, we only have one life, why waste it trying and failing to please people who can not be pleased? Live your life the way you want to live it. Take risks, enjoy yourself, be safe, love yourself and others. Do what makes you happy.
The Poet X is available here in paperback.
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