What are the similarities and differences between Twin and Xiomara in The Poet X?

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Twin is the name that Xiomara uses for her twin brother, Xavier. Their main similarities are that they are twins, are struggling with identity issues as teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, and keep secrets from their parents. For both of them, one of those secrets is that they are...

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Twin is the name that Xiomara uses for her twin brother, Xavier. Their main similarities are that they are twins, are struggling with identity issues as teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, and keep secrets from their parents. For both of them, one of those secrets is that they are dating boys who are not of Dominican heritage; Xiomara is straight, but Xavier is gay. Both continue to attend Catholic church, but some of their inner conflicts concern religion.

One of the main differences is that Xiomara initially seems more obviously rebellious. She understands her brother as obedient, even meek, in that he is a good student and an altar boy; she believes he needs her protection, especially after he comes home with a black eye. Xiomara, in contrast, is not excelling in many of her classes, commits acts of sacrilege during communion, and challenges her mother's authority.

Once she and Xavier have an open discussion about his sexuality, she can start accepting his help with tactics to deal with their parents and stop thinking she must be the only one responsible for him.

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