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I fell in love at slam poetry. This one will stay with you a long time.', Angie Thomas, bestselling author of The Hate U Give

'This was the type of book where "I'll just do 50 pages" turned into finishing it in 2 reads. I felt very emotional, not just because the story and the words themselves were so beautiful but because I knew it was going to make so many teens who felt like no one cares about them or listens to them feel seen.', Tomi Adeyemi, bestselling author of The Children of Blood and Bone

'‘Powerful, finely crafted verse . . . Readers will yearn to finish this verse novel in a single sitting, but its echoes will remain with them much longer’', Guardian

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

'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

'First I read #ThePoetX. Now I'm listening to the audio read by @AcevedoWrites. Happy I don't have to choose between brilliances', Jacqueline Woodson, multiple award-winning author of If You Come Softly and Brown Girl Dreaming

'Acevedo breathes words instead of air', Lisa Heathfield, award-winning author of Paper Butterflies

About the Author

ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit.

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  • ASIN : 140529146X
  • Publisher : Egmont (1 May 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781405291460
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1405291460
  • Reading age : 12 - 16 years
  • Item Weight : 310 g
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
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Reviewed in India on 8 December 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caution you’ll fall in love ❤️
By makingoutwithbooks on 8 December 2018
firstly i feel like i’m the luckiest person in this world to read such an amazingly different, artistic, beautiful book.
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 ❤️
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly written with strong themes which made it a perfect read for me
By shivani.rohella on 1 May 2019
The moment I started reading Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X, I knew that I won't be able to put it down before I finish reading it. I read the entire book in a few hours and here's what I feel about 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
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and powerful
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5.0 out of 5 stars 𝔸𝕄𝔸ℤ𝕀ℕ𝔾!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 𝔸𝕄𝔸ℤ𝕀ℕ𝔾!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 July 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.“

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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4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful voice
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise worth reading.
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