A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mothers religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayersespecially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mamis determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.So when she is invited to join her schools slam poetry club, she doesnt know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she cant stop thinking about perfor...
|Title||:||The Poet X|
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|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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The Poet X Reviews
2018 National Book Awards Finalist
“Can a scent tattoo itself onto your memory?
That’s a mixed metaphor, isn’t it?
My notebook is smoldering,
my heart feels like it’s been burned crisp,
and all I can think about are mixed metaphors.”
I don’t know why I am surprised by how much I loved this gripping, raw, empowering, stunning little book!
If you haven’t read it already, you should. If you think a novel written in verse is not your thing, try the audiobook, the author reads it with such an absorbing p ...more
“Burn it! Burn it. This is where the poems are,” I say, thumping a fist against my chest. “Will you burn me? Will you burn me, too?”
I’ve always been fond of stories told through verse, and I love Elizabeth’s poetry, so when I learned that she was writing her first YA novel, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I never once doubted that I would love it, but I didn’t know it could mean so much to me. I didn’t have a clue that I was in for such a raw, honest ride about how religion impacts childre ...more
book #5 done for the booktubeathon ✔
this book was really powerful and compelling and dealt with some really interesting and important topics.
my only problem was that the writing format REALLY didnt click with me and i found myself dreading reading rather than wanting to come back and pick up more.
anD CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS COVER ITS SO BEAUTIFUL I LOVE ...more
I found this to be incredibly moving, a YA novel about finding your voice, largely in verse. The audio is highly recommended, skillfully read by the author, which led me down an internet rabbit hole of the author performing poetry from outside this book.
This would have been a good book to read when I was the same age as the narrator, because she is confronted with conservative parenting that actually physically prevents her from expressing herself in various ways, condemns the natural exploratio ...more
The Poet X was a surprise.
I'm not usually a poetry reader, and I wasn't sure a story told entirely through poems could work, but here it did. Not every poem was memorable in its own right, but as a whole, this book certainly was.
This book follows Xiomara Batista, a Dominican-American girl who is finding herself through poetry in a difficult moment of her life. Her mother is religious and strict, but Xiomara is doubting her faith, her place in the world, and definitely isn't ready for ...more
You can have a father who, if people asked,
you had to say lived with you.
You have to say is around.
But even as he brushes by you
on the way to the bathroom,
he could be as gone as anybody.
I really liked The Poet X, a portrait of the artist as a first-generation Dominican American girl. A novel in poems, this book takes on a lot in its short length: checked-out father, overly strict mother, closeted gay twin brother, questioning of Catholic upbringing, young love, and most fascinating, the main cha ...more
“Xiomara may be remembered as a lot of things: a student, a miracle, a protective sister, a misunderstood daughter, but most importantly, she should be remembered as always working to become the warrior she wanted to be.”
Tell me you did not get chills! I feel like it’s really hard to review novels told in verse, because I always seem to become incredibly invested in the characters and I turn into a gushing mess. The Poet X is really no different. It’s a beautiful story of finding your voice ...more
This was absolutely stunning. I absolutely adored the way Elizabeth Acevedo writes. It was incredibly powerful and honest and the characters she created were so personable, especially Xiomara. I found myself rooting for her from the first page onwards and essentially finished this book in one sitting, it was far too addictive and moving to put down. I’ve not read many books written in verse but it was by far my favourite. The story flowed flawlessly and was so easy to follow and connect to. Ther ...more