The Poet X

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Powerful, haunting story of finding your voice and power.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 19 reviews

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age 18+

Not necessary

This could be a good book without all the vulgar expressions. Not a book to be read by young teens. We can build empathy and learn to be culturally sensitive without all this foul sexual profanity.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Beautiful, powerful, authentic coming of age story

Searching for highly-engaging and well-crafted coming of age stories for my then-13 YO, I found this novel on so many short-lists and award winner lists, I had to check it out. I found it refreshing to hear an uncommon voice articulating the complexities of daily life kids face. Heartbreaking as it is to watch this not-so-perfect mother-daughter relationship play out, I welcome the exploration of dangers and risks and the thoughtful examination of what feels right, what feels wrong and how to navigate and apply to the street corner the rules and principles we lay out in the safety of the dinner table.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

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