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Xiomara is about to start a new school year. She feels so isolated in her home and school. When she feel like she can no longer talk to her twin or her mother, she turns to slam poetry.
I LOVED this book.
There were so many moments that I could relate to her and her family. Xiomara is a young latinx girl that has to deal with double standards that her twin brother doesn’t have to deal with. She is very self conscious of her body and she has a rocky relationship with her mother.
Growing up as a young girl being a first gen America is daunting. Xiomara has a hard time finding herself because of how strict her family is on her. So she is so protective of her emotions and her poetry.
This book was written in verse and I actually listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend. The author read the book herself and just hearing her brought a new into the words. It was a captivating story.
I loved Xiomara’s relationship with her family. It wasn’t the easiest family dynamic but they felt so authentic. There is so much love and compassion between the twins. And I just can’t get over Xiomara’s relationship with her mom, it very much reminded me of my own relationship with my mom. While they do love each other, they just can’t see eye to eye.
I gave this book an A.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.