The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

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 passio...

Details The Poet X

TitleThe Poet X
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenrePoetry, Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews The Poet X

  • 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 ...
  • Tomi Adeyemi
    #ThePoetX was so beautiful that I didn’t want to highlight it or dog ear pages, so I just took pictures basically every pageThis was the type of book where “I’ll just do 50 pages” turned into finishing it in 2 readsI felt very emotional reading this book, 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...
  • Laurie Anderson
    A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!
  • Jasmine
    Before the review, I just want to let you know that there's an international giveaway for a copy of this book on the Blog Tour if anyone's interested! :) ***Actual rating: 4.5/5 ‘En voz alta, Xiomara’ Stars*** The Poet X is a book you’ll easily fall in love with from the first page until the end. It’s profoundly meaningful and extremely poignant in the era of #OwnVoice and #Diverse. There’s not a thing I don’t like about this book, bu...
  • Dannii Elle
    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.The Poet X follows teen, Xiomara Batista, as she uses her own poetry, and enters into the world of slam poetry, in an attempt to understand her divorced feelings from her religion, her tumultuous relationship with her family, and her own identity and place in this world.My first book written in verse has proven to me that it can compete with wordier or lengthier pieces of prose for emotional impact and how deeply it coul...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    "A lantern glowing in the dark."A caged bird discovers her wings. 5/5There 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 ...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexI 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 t...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “Xiomara may be remembered as a lot of things: a student, a miracle, a protective sister, a misunderstood daughter, but most importantly, she should be remembered as always working to become the warrior she wanted to be.” Tell me you did not get chills! I feel like it’s really hard to review novels told in verse, because I always seem to become incredibly invested in the characters and I turn into a gushing mess. The Poet X is really no d...
  • Acqua
    4.75 stars.The Poet X was a surprise.I'm not usually a poetry reader, and I wasn't sure a story told entirely through poems could work, but here it did. Not every poem was memorable in its own right, but as a whole, this book certainly was.This book follows Xiomara Batista, a Dominican-American girl who is finding herself through poetry in a difficult moment of her life. Her mother is religious and strict, but Xiomara is doubting her faith, her p...
  • 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...
  • Tanya
    Happy Book Birthday this wonderful book!! Review You can also read it on my blog!Received this arc from Edelweiss in exchanged for an honest review.5 Stars! My first official review/ book of  2018 and doesn't disappoint at all!The Poet X is about a 15 year girl Xiomara, a young poet growing up in Harlem, dealing with so many different things in her young life. From a very religious mother who would probably send her to convent before giving he...
  • Amelia's Fantastical Bookends
    Well, just finished this book in 2 hours when I should have been doing homework :))))RTC!
  • Janani
    2018 is the year of brilliant debut novels. Xiomara's voice is compelling and fierce, with an undercurrent of vulnerability. Her relationship with her mother particularly resonated with me.
  • Sierra
    THE POET X is a tour de force of a novel, utilizing Acevedo's signature slam poetry to craft a story of adolescence, family, and faith. Xiomara Batista, the cloistered daughter of a protective mother and "not there even though he is" father, yearns to express her voice and her truth. But that's difficult when her mother drags her to church at every chance, a church that emphasizes that women are worthless and that she sins just by...well, existin...
  • Kayla
    I didn't enjoy this book as much as other did but it was still a really cool novel.
  • 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 tr...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    This was a great audiobook. The story of a young Latina woman struggling with her relationship with her very devout mother finds solace in slam poetry. This is written in verse using language that is heartfelt, fierce, and urgent. As a lot of slam poetry is in the performance, audiobook is really the way to go here. Read by the author.
  • Adira
    This book was so good! 😍It broached the topic of the male gaze on defining female bodies, how young girls are stripped of their agency by society once they enter into puberty, the culture of church going in Latin American culture (and it could also be said of African-Americans too, but that may just be me reading too much into that) and the general YA topic of “finding your voice.” Just like American Street by Ibi Zoboi, this book doesn...
  • Tiffany Miss.Fiction
    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for providing an Arc4.5 stars to the Poet X.Some people throw blades, some chose words and they are as sharp as any knife sometimes.Xiomara’s lyrics are intimate and insightful, honest, sharp and genuine. The whole story is narrated with a lyrical style, resembling poetry but keeping most parts like narrative bars. Lyrics from a song that can tell you a whole story. Sometimes it was a bit lacking of a complete world buildin...
  • Clara
    I finished this book in one sitting. A beautiful story with beyond beautiful writing, I feel so grateful I was lucky enough to get my hands of an ARC of this. The roller coaster of emotions I experienced while reading is indescribable. I can't wait for the rest of the world to experience this amazing story. Bravo Elizabeth Acevedo. You've found yourself a new fan.
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    I’m not a fan of poetry, I’m not really smart or arty enough to understand it. So why did I request a book about poetry on NetGalley?Good question. I have no idea. I can appreciate poetry, however, and Elizabeth’s writing is very beautiful, even if I did have to read it a few times to understand what was happening. The Poet X is told in verse, and follows Xiomara as she navigates life as a Dominican girl with a thick figure that draws unwan...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Revolutionary.... (mic drop).
  • Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
    Review to come.
  • Jennifer
    The Poet X is a standalone Young Adult novel told in verse.The narrator is almost 16 year old Xiomara. She lives with her parents and twin brother in Harlem.Her mom is very religious and she makes her do a lot of church stuff. But all Xiomara (pronounced C. O. Mara) wants to do is write poetry in her notebook.This is such a unique way to tell a story. But I was not sure if I would like it. But the story was very meaningful. And I could definitely...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Sixteen year old Xiomara Batista is a beautiful young woman, intelligent and compassionate, whispering words between the pages of her worn leather journal of a life never her own. Altagracia and her husband migrated to America from the Dominican Republic, surrendering her celibacy to a womaniser and embracing her Catholicism, residing in the community of East Harlem. My parents probably wanted a girl who would sit in the pewswearing pretty floral...
  • Sylvia (Serial Bibliophile)
    I read this while listening to the audiobook, and I definitely recommend doing that if you can!Elizabeth’s voice is magical. (What else can you expect from a National Slam Poetry champ?!) The book is written in verse and everything flow so well. I loved Xiomara (the mc) and I related so much in the way her family treats her. I got SO MAD at times because she went through some unfair sh*t thanks to her parents... but wow. You guys gotta read and...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This was absolutely incredible, and I started rereading it the second I finished it. I love this book a whole lot.
  • Mari
    4.5 starsI am overwhelmed right now, thinking of all the ways I saw myself, my family and my growing up experience reflected in these words. I could cry thinking of the ways this story explored being trapped in a body subjected to male gaze, the gulf that must be crossed between immigrants and their children, about inherited religion, and about growing up. This is a story that crept up on me. It took me a while to settle into the style, especiall...