The Poet X Hardcover – 6 March 2018
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“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))
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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- Item Weight : 431 g
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062662805
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062662804
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.97 x 20.96 cm
- Publisher : Quill Tree Books (6 March 2018)
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Language: : English
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i’ve read this book within few hours in just one sitting & i didn’t turned this book down until the end ! it was so intense & everything is narrated by the soul of the book Xiomara a girl who’s struggling to have a Voice, she finds herself in poetry & spills all her feelings, emotions, thoughts, desires in a book but she never shared them until she falls for a boy Aman, her lab partner in bio class & a lot things have changed for her but there’s this huge wall between her & her dreams that’s her mother who thinks god is everything to live & be thankful for....
if you adore poetry then this is what exactly you’re looking for, while reading the book it’s like you’ve entered into the magical world of words, you’ll get lost into it & at the end you’ll feel a triumph, a glow & gladness that you read it !
This book is super cute at few parts & you’ll laugh at few & also cry.
i love all the characters specially the relationship between X & her brother(twin), i even love Aman & his kindness(love indeed)towards X it’s actually cute when they’re together, & caridad her true friendship for X & finally i almost hate X’s mom(mami).
Elizabeth Acevedo my gosh! she literally nailed it, she’s such a genius, the way she wrote the book was mind blowing & i just love her now.
i loved this part of the book where X says what’s the point of god giving me life if i can’t live it as my own?
why does listening to his commandments mean i need to shut down my own voice¿
find out just go and read it ❤️
It is the story of Xiomara, a young girl who lives in Harlem and is a target of insults, especially in her school. Things are ugly even at her home because she lives with parents who fail to understand her and bind her with so many restrictions. Her writing becomes her medicine and she does that every day to ease her pain. However, this calls out for more trouble and she faces life-changing choices.
🌟Why you should read this book🌟
-The narrative is amazing. It is written in the form of verse. It is not only engaging but it is also very unique.
-There are myriad themes covered in this book. Religion, gender, sexuality and identity are the major ones. There are strong statements which might not go well with some people but when read practically, they all make sense.
-The book has a sweet love story intertwined with the above mentioned strong themes which is very powerful and non-cheesy at the same time.
-The narrative is very connecting and one can actually feel the raw emotions of the protagonist. None of it seems forced or over done.
My rating: 5/5
It almost feels like the more I bruise the page the quicker something inside me heals.”
This is what poetry means to the 15 year old slam poet Xiomara Batista, the Afro-Latina protagonist of The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo’s National Book Award winning novel in verse. However, Xiomara is a poet in hiding; she writes in her journal discreetly that remains away from the prying eyes of her austere parents.
As a teenager growing up in Harlem, Xiomara is increasingly aware of the demands that being a woman puts on her and how one wrong move can upend her future, leaving it hanging by a thread. This knowledge is incessantly drilled in her by her overly religious mother who has imposed unreasonable restrictions on Xiomara curbing any kind of interaction with boys fearing that any involvement with males would lead her daughter to teenage pregnancy. The fear is evidently unprovoked and merely a paranoid response that has its roots in the mother’s recognition of these feelings in herself as a young girl. It is thus not surprising that Xiomara’s twin brother escapes all scrutiny even though he has a secret that would appear to be more blasphemous to their mother than Xiomara’s intention to engage with boys her age.
A storm in unleashed when Xiomara’s musings are no longer private. The dynamic between controlling mother and rebellious daughter is put to test as secrets tumble out and the facade of a happy family is broken into pieces. Through it all though Xiomara finds support in her twin brother and her best friend, Caridad, who reassures Xiomara of her poetic prowess and always reminds her that she would eventually figure it all out.
I loved the book for its accessible poetry that did not compromise on complexity, for being a stellar YA book that’s inclusive and talks of issues relevant to its specific audience without making any of it sound childish or frivolous or self-indulgent.
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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.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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.“
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.
There was something so compelling about the writing style, the characters, just the whole way this novel was presented!
I didn't want to put this book down; Xiomara was such an interesting and bold character to read about. Her little world and the way she lives gets explored so fantastically.
I can't wait to read more from Elizabeth Acevedo because she has some real talent.