Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m not a fan of poetry, I’m not really smart or arty enough to understand it.
So why did I request a book about poetry on NetGalley?Good question. I have no idea.
I can appreciate poetry, however, and Elizabeth’s writing is very beautiful, even if I did have to read it a few times to understand what was happening.
The Poet X is told in verse, and follows Xiomara as she navigates life as a Dominican girl with a thick figure that draws unwanted attention, and an overly religious mother who tries to force the Bible onto X and Twin, X’s twin brother. While X doesn’t say much, preferring to write her thoughts down, she’s more than capable of sticking up for herself and for Twin, and is regularly told off for fighting.
Because of the fact that this story is written in verse, I couldn’t really connect properly with X and the rest of the characters. It was nice watching X as she discovers slam poetry, and her mother made me want to punch someone, but this wasn’t really a stand out book for me. But, again, I am not a person who fully appreciates and understands poetry, so my not-quite-glowing review is not a reflection on Elizabeth and her writing, but more on me and the fact that I really need to start researching books before I commit to reading them.
*I received a free review copy via the publisher and NetGalley*