I, Girl X

Young Adult - Social Issues
242 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2021
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Annalise Grey completely captures the highs and lows, dreams, and insecurities of the average 14-year-old teen through her protagonist, Carleigh, in I, Girl X. Carleigh’s hopes for a happy future are slowly sabotaged by her younger brother’s erratic and unstable mental and physical behavior. As his behavior worsens, her dreams are derailed by her anguished, arguing parents whose absorption with her brother’s issues deny her the nurturing, guidance, and support any young teen needs. When Carleigh states that all she ever wanted was to feel wanted, she no doubt speaks for thousands of teens out there struggling for some kind of assurance their lives are worthwhile. Chances are you know someone like Carleigh. I certainly do.

I, Girl X by Annalise Grey is unlike any novel I have ever read. It reads like a memoir but isn’t. It’s reminiscent of prose, but it’s poetry. Emotions are tumultuous yet calm; the plot suspenseful yet controlled; the characters unique but readily relatable. And although it’s quite long for a teen read, it’s a fast read, guaranteed to fully engage its intended young adult audience in every respect. In short, I, Girl X, is a brilliant bit of writing. While the plot line was engaging, what most impressed me was Grey’s poetic approach to fiction. Visually, the layout on the pages resembles poetry. Some “chapters” are complete short poems. Even though reading I, Girl X is a reminder that “reality is like a baseball bat to the skull,” I will read it again and again if only for its poetry. Inspired and inspiring!