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.


Thursday, January 12th 2017

Favorite Book of 2016

Favorite Book of 2016My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Published by HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
Pages: 491


The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

I LOVED this book. It was just so much fun! I did know a little bit about the time period before I read this book as I used to be obsessed with The Tudors and then wanted to read anything that had to do with those people/characters.

With that being said, you cannot go into this book expecting it to be historically accurate. At all. Literally, at all. But it is hilarious. This book had me laughing out loud. In public.

The characters are great and the plot is awesome. I really hope these ladies write more books together.