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Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

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. But she still 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.

“Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice.” —Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation

“An incredibly potent debut.” Jason Reynolds, author of the National Book Award Finalist Ghost

“Acevedo has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero.” Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street

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Gr 7 Up—Magnificently crafted, Acevedo''s bildungsroman in verse is a stunning account of a teen girl''s path to poetry. Sophomore Xiomara Batista is simultaneously invisible and hyper visible at home, school, and in her largely Dominican community in Harlem—her body is "unhide-able" she tells readers early on, yet she bristles at how others project their desires, insecurities, failures, patriarchal attitudes toward her. Though she is quick to battle and defend herself and her twin brother Xavier, Xiomara''s inner life sensitively grapples with these projections and the expectations of her strict, religious mother. Acevedo''s depiction of a faith in crisis is exceedingly relatable and teens, especially those going through the sacrament of Confirmation, will deeply appreciate Xiomara''s thoughtful questioning of the Church and how it treats women. Forbidden kisses with a crush and an impromptu performance at an open mic prove to be euphoric, affirming moments for Xiomara: "it''s beautiful and real and what I wanted." Acevedo''s poetry is skillfully and gorgeously crafted, each verse can be savored on its own, but together they create a portrait of a young poet sure to resonate with readers long after the book''s end. VERDICT Truly a "lantern glowing in the dark" for aspiring poets everywhere. All YA collections will want to share and treasure this profoundly moving work.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal

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“The force and intensity behind her words practically pushes them off the page, resulting in a verse novel that is felt as much as it is heard. This is a book from the heart, and for the heart.” -- New York Times Book Review

“A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart.” -- Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Chains

“Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice. Every poem in this stunningly addictive and deliciously rhythmic verse novel begs to be read aloud.  Xiomara is a protagonist who readers will cheer for at every turn. As X might say, Acevedo’s got bars. Don’t pass this one by.” -- Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation

In The Poet X, Acevedo skillfully sculpts powerful, self-contained poems into a masterpiece of a story, and has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero.” -- Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street

“Though vivid with detail about family, love, and culture, The Poet X is more of an exploration of when the poet becomes the poem... Acevedo delivers an incredibly potent debut.” -- Jason Reynolds, author of National Book Award Finalist Ghost

“A glorious achievement. This is a story about what it means to be a writer and how to survive when it feels like the whole world’s turned against you.” -- Daniel José Older, author of the Shadowshaper Cypher series

“A powerful, heartwarming tale of a girl not afraid to reach out and figure out her place in the world.” -- Booklist

★ “Themes as diverse as growing up first-generation American, Latinx culture, sizeism, music, burgeoning sexuality, and the power of the written and spoken word are all explored with nuance. Poignant and real, beautiful and intense.” -- Kirkus Reviews  (starred review)

★ “Debut novelist Acevedo’s free verse gives Xiomara’s coming-of-age story an undeniable pull, its emotionally charged bluntness reflecting her determination and strength. At its heart, this is a complex and sometimes painful exploration of love in its many forms, with Xiomara’s growing love for herself reigning supreme.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

★ “In nearly every poem, there is at least one universal truth about adolescence, family, gender, race, religion, or sexuality that will have readers either nodding in grateful acknowledgment or blinking away tears.” -- Horn Book (starred review)

★ “The Poet X is beautiful and true—a splendid debut.” -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“Acevedo plays with language, form, and space in a way that commands attention, pulling readers from one emotional extreme to the next without pause or remorse... Readers will applaud Xiomara as she journeys from a place of cautious defensiveness to being confident in the power of her voice.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

★ “Acevedo’s poetry is skillfully and gorgeously crafted, each verse can be savored on its own, but together they create a portrait of a young poet sure to resonate with readers long after the book’s end.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

The Poet X is beautiful and true—a splendid debut.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X—which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award—as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.

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Mom from Boston
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Parents Beware of Mature Content!!
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
Parents beware of mature content! This book was assigned as required summer reading for my 9th grader who is 14. Thankfully I read it before him so we can discuss the content prior to him reading. Themes include sneaking behind parents backs to engage in sexual activity,... See more
Parents beware of mature content! This book was assigned as required summer reading for my 9th grader who is 14. Thankfully I read it before him so we can discuss the content prior to him reading. Themes include sneaking behind parents backs to engage in sexual activity, masturbation, physical abuse, smoking pot, underage drinking, turning your back on God and questioning the Bible and having a gay sibling. Some of the pages were outright embarrassing for me to read because they sounded like porn! I can’t imagine a 9th grade English class discussing them.

This is not one I would pick to Illustrate how to live morally in a sinful society. And it shouldn’t be a required reading for an entire 9th grade high school, in my opinion.
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FeistyFae
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Abusers never change and this book is unrealistic
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
I was loving this book until the very end. The accuracy of portraying an abusive relationship in this story is very real. Considering this is written in prose, the story pacing is excellent. Then the end. Without spoilers, just know abusive people... See more
I was loving this book until the very end. The accuracy of portraying an abusive relationship in this story is very real.

Considering this is written in prose, the story pacing is excellent.

Then the end. Without spoilers, just know abusive people don''t change. They just don''t. Victims hope their abusers will wake up and love and validate them. And I''m appalled by how many fictional books, this one, Twilight, Fifty Shades... portray this as being real and possible.

My good friend who has been a therapist for twenty years has seen hundreds and hundreds of abusers, and only one sorta changed. Not good odds, which makes stories that end like this very unrealistic.

What is more realistic is that Xiomera''s mother has put up the pretense of change, because someone in her community has discovered her abusive ways. As soon as time passes, so will the "honey-moon-phase" and "dear-ole-mom" will return to her controlling ways once again, worse for the wear.

I can''t believe the message this sends to youth and the fact that it won such prestigious awards. It''s sad and deplorable.

We read this book in my book group and all the members agreed, this is not a good message to send to people in abusive relationships. Return home after running from the abuse, and your abuser will realize the error of their ways and suddenly love you? Sorry that never happens...
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JD Melndz
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Technically Excellent, Emotionally Flawless
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
So, first my critical thoughts and then my personal thoughts: The formatting of this book is gorgeous. The way the poems are structured on the page tell the story and convey the mood of a scene just as effectively as the words. The story is conveyed in a deftly... See more
So, first my critical thoughts and then my personal thoughts:
The formatting of this book is gorgeous. The way the poems are structured on the page tell the story and convey the mood of a scene just as effectively as the words.
The story is conveyed in a deftly succinct, but rich and moving way. The minimal approach to storytelling really makes the character come alive in your mind. I felt at home in Xio’s head, comfortable and able to understand her heart through the language And pacing Acevedo utilizes like a great chef utilizes familiar but perfectly balanced flavor profiles.

If you enjoy great writing and a unique approach to storytelling, you will love this book.

As for my personal experience with The Poet X?

Poetry has always felt like nourishment to my soul, but I’ve never felt it pierce so deeply and so directly into my heart as this book and its narrative poetry managed to do. As a Latin blooded teenager, I felt all wrong in my own body compared to my white friends, and I related to Xio’s discomfort in a lot of ways. While she became tough, I became invisible. My story isn’t like hers, except that I too found comfort in words and writing. I found enough connection to move me to tears by the end of this beautiful, heartfelt story about finding your words. I love this book. It has become an instant favorite. Beautiful and moving and earnest doesn’t even begin to cover it. Anyone who has latinx roots, has ever been a teenage girl, has ever struggled to find our voice, or who has a compassionate, empathetic heart should read this book.
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Brought me back to my youth
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2018
A friend of mine had been telling me about this book for months and it just released so I had to get a copy for my daughter. I''m into the YA genre so I just had to read it for myself first. What I loved most is the poetry form style in which Ms. Acevedo tells the story of... See more
A friend of mine had been telling me about this book for months and it just released so I had to get a copy for my daughter. I''m into the YA genre so I just had to read it for myself first. What I loved most is the poetry form style in which Ms. Acevedo tells the story of teen Xiomara Batista who is trying to navigate a complex life with New York City as the backdrop. It''s a very quick yet powerful read but I got so much out of her story in those 357 pages (not every page is filled to the bottom so it goes quickly). Of course as a mother, I was concerned about certain themes being too mature for my daughter but we talked through it as she read it. It was so beautifully done and cannot wait to read whatever else Ms. Acevedo has in store.
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BlueSkiesAhead
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Sadly, not a fan....
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020
I was excited to read this book. It got great reviews, won some awards, and the author is pretty renowned. However, I was surprised to find that I didn''t enjoy this book as much as I thought. What I liked: - Incorporating Spanish and Dominican culture into... See more
I was excited to read this book. It got great reviews, won some awards, and the author is pretty renowned. However, I was surprised to find that I didn''t enjoy this book as much as I thought.

What I liked:
- Incorporating Spanish and Dominican culture into the book & the poems
- The style of the book & how it''s written entirely as spoken word poems
- Many of the spoken word poems themselves

What I didn''t like:
- Everything works out for the protagonist ("X") at the end, despite her physically and emotionally abusive mother doing horrible things to her. That really bothered me, and I personally didn''t think that was realistic at all. It didn''t make sense that this semi-psychotic mother would suddenly and magically have a breakthrough conveniently before X''s big slam poetry competition (especially after doing the unthinkable to X). I would rather have a sad but realistic ending than a happy & unrealistic one.
- Whenever the protagonist presents her poems to an audience of any size, the book never says what poems she chose to share. We don''t even get to know all the poems X writes. I wish we as readers could know because it would make us feel more "in the moment" and in the story vs misinformed outsiders looking in.

I personally will not be reading this book again, nor will I be recommending it.
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aimeed22
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A Book of Inspiration
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2019
5/5 Stars "She tells me words give people permission to be their fullest self." ~ Elizabeth Acevedo I won''t lie, I am not a poetry person. I have read more poetry than I care to think about. It just wasn''t really my thing. Except for the Pre-Raphaelite... See more
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"She tells me words give people permission to be their fullest self." ~ Elizabeth Acevedo

I won''t lie, I am not a poetry person. I have read more poetry than I care to think about. It just wasn''t really my thing. Except for the Pre-Raphaelite Poets. I like them a lot. They talk about love and everyone dies. Anyone who has read my writing knows that''s sort of my brand. But other than that, I''m not someone who is going to pick up a book of poetry. Except I did, in this instance. And I''m really glad I did.

The reason I picked up this book was because it won the National Book Award and also because everyone is raving about it. Additionally, I haven''t read near enough books by Latinx authors and if you follow this blog, you''ll know I''m trying to make an active effort to read more diversely. Anyway, it''s a good thing I did pick up this sharp, smart, emotional not-as-little-as-I-was-expecting book of poetry because it was mind blowing, and it''s now going to give me a reason to introduce you to another one of my automatic 5-star rules.

A couple weeks ago, I talked about how if a book makes me cry, it gets an automatic 5-star review from me. I have a few of these rules, and THE POET X, a stunning book of poetry by Elizabeth Acevedo, brings me to another: If the book makes me want to create, it gets an automatic 5-star review.

This book made me want to write. Just the titles of the poems if read by themselves could tell an emotional story. It was clear to me that the author, as well as her main character, were head over heels in love with the written word. The book felt like a winding, twisting experiment in verse. It was a kind of playful, unabashed exploration in writing I haven''t felt since before I went to college, since before a "serious" pursuit of craft. When I put that book down, I sat in silence for a long while. Then I took a shower, and while I showered, all I could think about was how desperate I was to write. How much I wanted to redefine myself, to reconnect with the love I''d once felt. Until then, I hadn''t even realized I''d lost some of my passion. But I had. And this book made me want to get it back, to pursue it with the same reckless abandon I had before. It made me want to fall back in love with the written word, and there is literally nothing more powerful than that.

In a reading slump? Try this book. Writing slump? Give it a read. Haven''t painted or drawn or written a new song in a bit? Pick it up. It is a quick read and well, well worth the effort.
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Britt Kay
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Incredible. A must-have YA masterpiece.
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2018
This is my favorite book of 2018, so far. The power behind the lines in this book is undeniable. I felt like tiny hammers were pinging the words into my heart. I read some pages two, three, four...seven times because they were so eloquent, heavy and... See more
This is my favorite book of 2018, so far.

The power behind the lines in this book is undeniable. I felt like tiny hammers were pinging the words into my heart. I read some pages two, three, four...seven times because they were so eloquent, heavy and impactful.

Here’s a favorite stanza from page 340:

“That love can be a band:
tears if you pull it too hard,
but also flexible enough
to stretch around the most chaotic mass.”

Mami and Xiomara’s relationship is so raw and intense, I felt like I was flinching during so many of their scenes together.

So many of the characters complement Xiomara so well...Ms. Galiano, Twin, Caridad, Aman, Father Sean...

This book captures the horrible, painful and metamorphic experience of growing up and magnifies it all with a layer of cultural norms and immigrant narratives. Holy cow.

This is the full package.
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Tonya
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A powerful book about poetry, self expression, and coming of age
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2018
17202933 BookBlerd''s review May 09, 2018 · edit it was amazing bookshelves: favorites I''ve read about a dozen novels in verse since I was a teen. If I could, I''d go back in time and give my teen self this book. This book is about a... See more
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I''ve read about a dozen novels in verse since I was a teen. If I could, I''d go back in time and give my teen self this book.

This book is about a Latinx teen girl named Xiomara as she learns to use poetry to cope with questioning her mother''s religion & strictness as well as her coming of age. Ms. Acevedo''s verses are so amazing that I found myself bookmarking pages or verses that stood out to me. As a poet, I could tell that the author honed her craft well.

Not only were the poems powerful, but the story they told was relatable. Xiomara''s experience with religious questioning, a strict mother, sexual harassment from her peers, and poetry were things that made me cheer & ache for her.

It''s been a few years since I last read a verse novel, but this is definitely a new favorite. I loved this as both a reader & a poet and I will be using this book to fuel my own poetry in the future.
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A Little Haze Books
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enjoyable reading experience
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2021
This is a novel in poetry format. Xio, the main character, writes her thoughts in the form of poems that she writes into her journal every day and through these poems we experience some important moments in her teenage life. Good points The poems really connected me as a...See more
This is a novel in poetry format. Xio, the main character, writes her thoughts in the form of poems that she writes into her journal every day and through these poems we experience some important moments in her teenage life. Good points The poems really connected me as a reader to the thought processes of Xio. I felt everything she felt (the good, the bad and the ugly) and really got a sense of her as a person. A great feminist message! So much of the book deals with body shaming and guilt surrounding your body. Xio is conditioned to be shamed by her lips, her breasts, her curves. society. As if women are there for male pleasure alone. That our bodies are automatically there to be objectified and there for someone else''s sexual gratification. She is taught to hide herself away because she is tempting. She is taught that liking boys is a sin. She is trained to feel guilt from something that is not her fault and has to develop a thick skin to deal with it. But along the way Xio develops feelings for a boy in her school named Aman. He''s by no means perfect or a white knight type character. But with him she begins to explore her sexuality in a really subtle and gentle way. And sees that she is not a sin or a temptress because she wants to kiss a boy, because she wants to touch him, to hold his hand. It''s very beautifully written in the book but my absolute favourite moment between Xio and Aman occurs in Part 3 in a sequence of poems entitled; ''And I Also Know'', ''Tangled'', ''The Next Move'' and ''There Are Words''. They are poems about love, lust, consent, trust, slut shaming and many similar issues related to the rape culture mindset that seems to be insidiously pervasive in the psyche of our society. And I really love the way this book is talking about that topic in a way that is quite subtle but hugely important for teens especially to understand. It shows that it''s not your fault, that you are not guilty because of how you look, dress, act etc. And it shows that you can say both yes and no and neither choice is wrong. The less good points Because of how this book is conceived as poems from Xio''s viewpoint it''s a very insular reading experience. While it''s beautifully intimate and the connection we as readers can make with Xio is incredibly moving, it does mean that we do not get to relate to the supporting cast in the same fashion. Stories around those characters remain unsatisfactorily unresolved as opposed to beautifully open ended. I would have loved to have seen more of where her Twin''s storyline was headed and how his being <spoiler>gay</spoiler> would ultimately have impacted on family life. Also, I''m not sure about this whole let''s call him Twin and not actually by his given name Xavier. Seemed a bit off putting to me. But mostly I think the singular viewpoint of the book did a great disservice to Xio''s mother. She was an incredibly interesting character and we really only got very brief snippets of the things that affected her, of what made her tick and never truly uncovered the root cause of her seeming unhappiness with her daughter. It is alluded to that her mum seems to have developed her guilt and shame about love and sex because she was pressured into marriage when really what she wanted was to be celibate or to be a nun. And it just would have been great to see these two strong female characters meet somewhere in the middle with greater clarity about where their mother-daughter relationship was heading rather than the neatly tied up ending we got. Some of the poems just were okay... The difficulty with using poetry to further a plot is that sometimes you struggle to create linking passages between events and at times the poems just didn''t feel all that poetic. If this was a book of poetry then they all certainly would not have made the cut. Some in particular (Ants, I Am No Ant) made me want to run for the hills with their overly stylised formatting and I wasn''t a fan of many of the haikus. They just felt more like exercises in haiku writing than bonafide poetry to me. The plot... What plot??? Was there a plot?? Well if there was one it was signposted so much along the way that it just plodded along in incredibly predictable fashion. So there seems to have been a trade off with this book because of the poetry format: the format lends itself to truly connecting with the MC but feeling short-changed by the character development of the supporting cast and the absence of a really great plot. And sometimes the poems feel perfunctory rather than truly moving... An enjoyable reading experience but I''m hovering around the three and a half star rating
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LJBentley
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Powerful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2019
The Poet X is a story told entirely in verse. This in itself is nothing new. We have seen other writers express themselves in this way – notably, Sarah Crossan. The Poet X takes this concept and almost has writer Elizabeth Acevedo bleed her thoughts and emotions on the...See more
The Poet X is a story told entirely in verse. This in itself is nothing new. We have seen other writers express themselves in this way – notably, Sarah Crossan. The Poet X takes this concept and almost has writer Elizabeth Acevedo bleed her thoughts and emotions on the page. The story is about Xiamora. It is about being a teenager. It is about being of Dominican descent and what is expected of her. It is about being a girl in a world that favours the male. Mostly, it is about growing up with these life conditions and trying to find your own place and not the one that is expected by her extremely religious mother. My heart broke so many times when I read this story. As a reader, you feel the claustrophobia that Xiamora feels. How the world is both so big and so small at the same time. The Poet X is amazing. Read it now. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is available now.
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Alyssia Cooke
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Heart-felt and challenging
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2021
There aren''t many books that make me want to seek out the audio version of them as soon as I''ve finished reading, but this one did. Perhaps it''s because the medium is so obviously intended to be spoken, because slam poetry is meant to be spoken. The Poet X is a tale told in...See more
There aren''t many books that make me want to seek out the audio version of them as soon as I''ve finished reading, but this one did. Perhaps it''s because the medium is so obviously intended to be spoken, because slam poetry is meant to be spoken. The Poet X is a tale told in poetry and it is powerful and touching. I have to admit that this style of poetry is a little bit hit and miss for me, particularly in written form, but I felt that the author really did capture the pent up emotions and stresses of this teenage girl on the boundary of becoming an adult. Acevedo uses the tight format of the slam poetry beautifully, painting vibrant pictures in very few words. The Poet X takes us deep into the heart of what it is to be an uncertain teenager, trying to come to terms with her sexuality, her body and the expectations that society has set for her. If that was all it was, I would likely have walked away disappointed, but Acevedo also examines religion, society and cultures in a stark, sometimes unforgiving light. Xiomara''s concern that her poetry isn''t about the bigger things like politics and the state of the world in unfounded, the poetry is deeply and inherently personal but it is so much more than that. Within the verses, a light is shined on a variety of issues such as how women are viewed by organised religion. All in all this is a clever, heart-felt and sometimes uncomfortable collection that doesn''t shy away from theological issues, whilst also being immensely personal and I suspect autobiographical. Even if this form of poetry isn''t normally your ''thing'', I would still recommend giving it a shot.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2020
“𝓢𝓸 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽𝓼 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓼𝓽𝓪𝓰𝓮 𝓷𝓪𝓶𝓮, 𝓧𝓲𝓸𝓶𝓪𝓻𝓪?“ 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓲𝓶 𝓼𝓸 𝓰𝓵𝓪𝓭 𝓱𝓮𝓼 𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓫𝓳𝓮𝓬𝓽. 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲 𝓪𝓷𝓼𝔀𝓮𝓻 𝓫𝓮𝓯𝓸𝓻𝓮 𝓲 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓴. “𝓘𝓶 𝓳𝓾𝓼𝓽 𝓪 𝔀𝓻𝓲𝓽𝓮𝓻… 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓶𝓪𝔂𝓫𝓮 𝓲𝓭 𝓫𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓟𝓸𝓮𝓽 𝓧.“...See more
“𝓢𝓸 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽𝓼 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓼𝓽𝓪𝓰𝓮 𝓷𝓪𝓶𝓮, 𝓧𝓲𝓸𝓶𝓪𝓻𝓪?“ 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓲𝓶 𝓼𝓸 𝓰𝓵𝓪𝓭 𝓱𝓮𝓼 𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓫𝓳𝓮𝓬𝓽. 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲 𝓪𝓷𝓼𝔀𝓮𝓻 𝓫𝓮𝓯𝓸𝓻𝓮 𝓲 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓴. “𝓘𝓶 𝓳𝓾𝓼𝓽 𝓪 𝔀𝓻𝓲𝓽𝓮𝓻… 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓶𝓪𝔂𝓫𝓮 𝓲𝓭 𝓫𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓟𝓸𝓮𝓽 𝓧.“ Elizabeth Acevedo I think I may have found a new favourite author. Some of the best writing I have ever read. Her words pull on my heart strings that most writing has never accomplished before. Elizabeth Acevedo is a genius with words. Her books should be read by everyone worldwide. ’… 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼 𝓰𝓲𝓿𝓮 𝓹𝓮𝓸𝓹𝓵𝓮 𝓹𝓮𝓻𝓶𝓲𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓲𝓻 𝓯𝓾𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓼𝓽 𝓼𝓮𝓵𝓯. 𝓐𝓷𝓭 𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓷𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓼𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓹𝓸𝓮𝓶𝓼 𝓲 𝓶𝓸𝓼𝓽 𝓷𝓮𝓮𝓭𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓸 𝓱𝓮𝓪𝓻 𝓶𝓸𝓻𝓮?’ The Poet X follows Xiomara, who is always having to abide by her mothers strict religious rules. Wanting to be free, she is having to sneak around that any other teenage girl would do. But that’s not freedom. The only way she can relive herself of her overwhelming emotions is by writing in her journal. However, it’s not any kind of writing, it’s poetry, and Xiomara is really good at it. She loves poetry. It’s her release, a way to express herself without anyone hearing or seeing. When she is offered to join a poetry club, she is overcome with joy. A place where she can share her beloved work. Unfortunately poetry club clashes with church, and there is no way she can miss church. Miss church and she must feel her mothers wrath, and that’s something she does not want. This beautiful novel follows Xiomara through the struggles of wanting to live a normal teenage life, boys, parties and definitely not confined to a church and God. Throughout these struggles she finds solace in her poetry and is reading to share her work with the world, with help from her friends. I hope Acevedo releases more novels in verse in the coming years, because I need them all.
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A powerful voice
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2019
I’ve become quite a fan of YA novels-in-verse over the past couple of years. I’ve read some corkers especially by Sarah Crossan. This meant I had high hopes for this book. I was not disappointed. I had a great time reading The Poet X. In fact, I enjoyed myself to much I...See more
I’ve become quite a fan of YA novels-in-verse over the past couple of years. I’ve read some corkers especially by Sarah Crossan. This meant I had high hopes for this book. I was not disappointed. I had a great time reading The Poet X. In fact, I enjoyed myself to much I raced through the last hundred or so pages because I got lost in the book. Linking The Poet X with the work of Rubi Kaur, Sarah Crossan and the book The Hate U Give is the perfect description of what to expect. The Poet X tackles some big issues through an unforgettable voice. I loved the fact Xiomara changes so much in the book. At first she seems this tough, hard as nails girl but as she discovers poetry and first love she transforms. This is well worth a read.
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