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The Poet X

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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ISBN : 33294200
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Number of Pages : 368 pages
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The Poet X Reviews

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    4.5 Poetic stars!

    Absolutely adore this!

    Poet X stands for Xiomoara’s name. And she is amazing!

    In an autobiographical way, she tells her coming of age story in poetic verse. Her family emigrated from the Dominican Republic and they live in Harlem, NY. X’s mother is a very devout Christian and raises her children to be good and to obey. Their second home is the church and Christian community they belong to. Father Sean knows X’s family and her siblings all her life.

    X begins to tell her story of her
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  • Laurie Anderson

    A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!

  • Cyn (semi-hiatus)

    I'm still not over this. I keep re-reading some passages. Slam poetry means a lot to me! *cries for 5 more years*

    A touching story about a young Hispanic woman growing up in Harlem with a very devout mother. But there is so much more to it than that <3

    I couldn't say enough about this book if I tried - I just adore it to pieces. I'm extremely glad this came in my PageHabit YA box for March, the comments from the author make the experience exponentially better (as if it wasn't fantastic already
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  • Kristy K

    "I will never

    write a single

    poem

    ever again.

    I will never

    let anyone

    see my full heart

    and destroy it."


    Wow. Where was this book when I was in high school? I needed this book back then and I am so glad that it exists today.

    "I am unhide-able.

    ...

    Which is why I learned to shrug when my name was replaced by insults.

    I've forced my skin just as thick as I am."


    This was utterly amazing. Told in verse, it doesn’t shy away from the confusion and emotions of being a teenage girl, particularly one raised in a str
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  • Lucas Fogaça

    “It almost feels like the more I bruise the page, the quicker something inside me heals.”

    Fazia um tempo que eu não marcava tantas frases num livro.

  • Tori (InToriLex)

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    I absolutely loved this book. Xiomara (See-O- Mara) describes growing up in a body that has developed without her permission, in a strict religious household. Like many young girls Xiomara is given unwanted attention by leering men wherever she goes. Her mother  wants her to act and believe in what she did when she was young . Xiomara uses her writing and creativity to figure out what she wants and how to express it. Xiomara questions what she has been t



    Maybe, the only thing that has to make sense

    about  being somebody's friends is that you help

    them be their best selves on any given day.

    That you give them a home

    when they don't want to be in their own 




    This is a novel written in verse, but it was not too rhyme-y and flowed well. Xiomara's relationship with her boyfriend Aman included the right amount of angst and tension that all teenagers feel when they're driven by hormones. Xiomara relates well to her twin brother Xavier, although they have different strengths. While Xavier is introverted and small in stature, Xiomara is his champion because of her size and courage to stand up to whoever stands against her. She slowly learns what she wants and goes after it, despite what anyone else thinks. The character development helped me connect with the story and I became emotionally invested in what happens.




    And the words I never say are better left on

    my tongue since they would only have

    slammed against the closed door of your back


    The use of Spanish throughout the book was great. The phrases used were translated and reminded the reader of Xiomara's cultural identity. Reading about a Dominican teenager coming of age was refreshing because too few young adult books focus on people of color. You can tell the author wrote from what she knew, the situations and humor shared between the characters was genuine.  Even Xiomara's name forces the reader to get uncomfortable and quickly adjust to something new. I would recommend this to reader's who enjoy coming of age stories with unshakeable female characters and problematic family dynamics.

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  • Katie.dorny

    I was not expecting any of this and I was not expecting to be on a roll of loving all these books at the moment!

    This was breathtaking. I literally felt like I had to read quicker to match the pace of the poetry because I was scared it would slip away from me.

    Xiomara is a 15 year old girl just trying to get her shit together. She digests everything through poetry - it's a beautiful perspective on the world.

    She questions everything, from boys, to church to bullshit creepy men hitting on a minor.

    Re
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  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders



    I wasn’t planning on reviewing The Poet X. I really wasn’t. Because I listened to the audiobook and I made it a rule not to write full reviews of those just because I listen while driving so I never take notes. But this is the one exception. I read this book three months ago but the words and the feelings are still so vivid in my memory that I decided to let it all out of my system and write a review out of it. It’s safe to say I adored i
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