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 performing her poems.Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent....
|Title||:||The Poet X|
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|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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The Poet X Reviews
TW: Abuse and Sexual Harassment
- topics: religion, poetry, masturbation, periods, relationships
- read this in one sitting - super quick read
- really enjoyed the writing style
- main character was badass
- the religious aspect gave me Carrie vibes at one point
- ending lacked for me, was too perfect
- story could have been more developed
- a lot of great quotes
“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
"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."
I loved how honest, raw & beautiful this book was. Elizabeth Acevedo gave voice to so many youth through Xiomara. I was her in my youth and this book took me back to those teen years growing up in NY with strict Hispanic parents. How I wish I had a book like this to remi ...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
Well, just finished this book in 2 hours when I should have been doing homework :))))
I want to thank HarperCollins International for sending me this copy of The Poet X and Karina @Afire Pages for including me in this amazing blog tour!
You can find my review on my blog as well + a moodboard for this beautiful book, here.
The Poet X left me in a miserable book-slump, I couldn’t read anything else for a few days because all I wanted to do was re-read Xiomara’s tale. I’m not going to lie, it was a truly raw story. I felt every bit of anger Xiomara felt, every bit of sadness, every bi ...more
WARNING: Bad poetry ahead.
I stand here, and I think,
if there is one thing I want to say,
it’s that she is proof effervescent passion and love,
Words have the power,
to open your chest,
and pull your heart out,
and carry it to the sky.
But if those words are not expressed,
if they remain imprisoned,
and you remain restrained,
you will never feel freedom.
I want to let them free,
to let them fly,
to let them breathe,
to let me cry,
my emotions out,
to form a pool,
that becomes a sanct ...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