Sunday, July 21st 2019

The Poet X

The Poet XThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Published by HarperTeen on March 6th 2018
Pages: 368

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s 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 prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s 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 school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t 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.

I listened to this book and I cannot wait to get a hard copy for myself, but if you can get this as an audiobook, I highly recommend it as it is written in verse and the author narrates herself. It’s very powerful.

This story was beautiful. I am always in awe of poetry and even more so when a whole story is written in poems. This story broke my heart, mended it, broke it again and mended it one more time.

Even though my story is very different from the main characters, some of these poems brought me right back to being a teenager. This book was intense and very honest. I will read or listen to (if she narrates), everything Elizabeth Acevedo writes.



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