The review of Luxi Xu's book of poems and prose titled Vulnerability was written by my fifteen-year-old daughter, Violet.
Vulnerability by Luxi Xu
By Violet Buchanan
Luxi Xu’s Vulnerability is one of the most honest and forthcoming things a teenager is yet to write in this day and age. Her work is mostly sad or melancholy poems with a few humorous lines thrown in. It is evident through her work that she is not like most teenagers, whose minds are usually preoccupied with sports, friends, and homework. The thoughts that plague Xu are more those you would expect from a monk, pondering the meaning of life and what the earth is made for.
Xu shows obvious depth in such poems as Harsh Reality, Jumbled Inside, and This Morning I Woke Up. These poems show a much deeper understanding of the world, even more so than most adults of today. Xu’s words form art on the page that makes you think and discover new perceptions on this world we live in. Though at times it seems like some of her work may just be melodramatic teenage ramblings, Vulnerability is definitely worth the read. Like a person, it is not perfect, with flaws visible in itself, but with a good heart and amazing qualities.