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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 performing her poems.Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent....

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The Poet X Reviews

  • K.

    Trigger warnings: racism, misogyny, parental abuse, forced involvement in religion??

    This is a beautiful novel written in verse. Xiomara's voice is so powerful, and I loved the way the story unfolded. I loved her relationship with her twin brother, and how well her family and community were portrayed in the story.

    Her relationship with her mother is...so complicated and it changes so much over the course of the story. There's a lot of really great stuff in here about teenage girls dealing with th
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  • Cyn (chinchilla hunter, shameless reader of trash, proud member of Not Reading Your TBR Club)

    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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  • Amelia's Fantastical Bookends

    Well, just finished this book in 2 hours when I should have been doing homework :))))

    RTC!

  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)

    "A lantern glowing in the dark."

    A caged bird discovers her wings. 5/5

    There are no cons to this story, and even if I searched and came up with one, it would be out of pettiness.

    However,

    There are many pros to reading this story, which follow.

    *We see the voice of a young Afro-Latina (Dominicana) searching for and speaking her truth. She strives through the messiness of living with a domineering mother and an absent father, one like mine (There but not there). We see how one kiss from a boy can slu
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    “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

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    This book. THIS BOOK.

    It was an experience. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author and I think the fact that she did it herself added so much. It was personal. It was raw. It was poignant.

    One of the best debuts I've ever read. It tackles so many issues and topics, like growing up with very religious parents and questionning said religion (catholicism in this case), it also discusses sexual harrassement and how that shapes a person and that resonnated with me immensely. It also talks
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  • 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.

    I received this e-book from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. ...more

  • Brown Girl Reading

    First off, I want to say that I am a Christian. My faith in Christ means everything to me. That being said, The Poet X opened a window and allowed me to see into the life of a young girl who is raised by a devout tyrannical Catholic mother who shoved her beliefs down her daughter’s throat. It broke my heart. I cannot speak for Catholicism because it differs from my faith, but I am fully aware that tyrannical devout “Christians” exist and treat their children the same way Xiomara’s mother treated ...more