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In The Poet X, what are some rules Xiomara’s mom sets for her?

Some of the rules Xiomara’s mom sets for her in The Poet X include not dating until she’s married. Xiomara finds this a patently ridiculous rule that provides further evidence that her mom insists on treating her like a small child. Mami also doesn’t want her daughter to date until she's finished college, but Xiomara’s determined on seeing Aman anyway.

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Xiomara’s mom has some pretty straightforward rules when it comes to dating. First, she can’t date. Second, not until she’s married. And third, see rules one and two.

Later on in the book, Xiomara provides us with further clarification of her mom’s dating rules, which make them seem somewhat more reasonable—or less ridiculous, depending on how one looks at the matter. For as...

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