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

  • Lola
    WARNING: Bad poetry ahead. I stand here, and I think,if there is one thing I want to say,to Xiomara,it’s that she is proof effervescent passion and love, transcend hate.Words have the power,to open your chest,and pull your heart out,and carry it to the sky. But if those words are not expressed,if they remain imprisoned,and you remain restrained,you will never feel freedom.I want to let them free,to let them fly,to let them breathe,to let me cry...
  • 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...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    "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." I loved how honest, raw & beautiful this book was. Elizabeth Acevedo gave voice to so many youth through Xiomara. I was her in my youth and this book took me back to those teen years growing up in NY with strict Hispanic parent...
  • may ➹ (hiatus)
    wow this book COMPLETELY blew me awayI’m a huge fan of poetry (whether it be slam or otherwise), and I had a feeling this would be a great book. I wasn’t expecting an emotion-packed, gut-wrenching, hard-hitting story like this. I think this is such an IMPORTANT book today; it’s from the perspective of a Dominican fat teen, it shows just how powerful words are whether they break or heal you, and it discusses all different types of relationsh...
  • Laurie Anderson
    A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!
  • Tatiana
    As with many other novels-in-verse, I am struggling to call this poetry. To me, this is beautiful, effective prose, cut up and served up in small bits. I am used to traditional poetry (that rhymes at least occasionally) and might need further literary education to get on board with this concept of chopping up prose to present it in a visually distinctive and pleasing way and calling it poetry. But I digress...I recommend listening to this novel o...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    This was absolutely stunning. I absolutely adored the way Elizabeth Acevedo writes. It was incredibly powerful and honest and the characters she created were so personable, especially Xiomara. I found myself rooting for her from the first page onwards and essentially finished this book in one sitting, it was far too addictive and moving to put down. I’ve not read many books written in verse but it was by far my favourite. The story flowed flawl...
  • Cyn (semi-hiatus)
    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 <3I 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 exponenti...
  • Emer
    buddy read with LolaMostly a review of random thoughts and feelsThis 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 pointsThe 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Julia Sapphire
    3.5-3.75 stars TW: Abuse and Sexual Harassment - topics: religion, poetry, masturbation, periods, relationships- read this in one sitting - super quick read- really enjoyed the writing style - main character was badass- the religious aspect gave me Carrie vibes at one point- ending lacked for me, was too perfect- story could have been more developed - a lot of great quotes
  • Katie.dorny
    I was not expecting any of this and I was not expecting to be on a roll of loving all these books at the moment!This was breathtaking. I literally felt like I had to read quicker to match the pace of the poetry because I was scared it would slip away from me.Xiomara is a 15 year old girl just trying to get her shit together. She digests everything through poetry - it's a beautiful perspective on the world.She questions everything, from boys, to c...
  • Laura
    When I’m told to have faith in the father, the son, in men - and men are the first ones to make me feel so small. The Poet X is not only a book about a girl discovering her love of poetry. It's about a young dominican girl, Xiomara, living in Harlem. She has a curvy figure that draws unwanted attention from men and boys. Her mother blames her for this. She is taught to cover up. She is torn when she finds herself liking a boy going against eve...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    4.5 Poetic stars!Absolutely adore this!Poet X stands for Xiomoara’s name. And she is amazing!In an autobiographical way, she tells her coming of age story in poetic verse. Her family emigrated from the Dominican Republic and they live in Harlem, NY. X’s mother is a very devout Christian and raises her children to be good and to obey. Their second home is the church and Christian community they belong to. Father Sean knows X’s family and her...
  • 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...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders I wasn’t planning on reviewing The Poet X. I really wasn’t. Because I listened to the audiobook and I made it a rule not to write full reviews of those just because I listen while driving so I never take notes. But this is the one exception. I read this book three months ago but the words and the feelings are still so vivid in my memory that I decided to let it all out of my system and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kristy K
    "I will neverwrite a singlepoemever again.I will neverlet anyonesee my full heartand destroy it."Wow. Where was this book when I was in high school? I needed this book back then and I am so glad that it exists today. "I am unhide-able....Which is why I learned to shrug when my name was replaced by insults.I've forced my skin just as thick as I am."This was utterly amazing. Told in verse, it doesn’t shy away from the confusion and emotions of be...
  • Fuzaila
    Make sure you grab this book as soon as possible.
  • 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...
  • Julie Ehlers
    You can have a father who, if people asked,you had to say lived with you.You have to say is around.But even as he brushes by youon the way to the bathroom,he could be as gone as anybody.I really liked The Poet X, a portrait of the artist as a first-generation Dominican American girl. A novel in poems, this book takes on a lot in its short length: checked-out father, overly strict mother, closeted gay twin brother, questioning of Catholic upbringi...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    "I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark." This book.This. Freaking. Beautiful. Empowering. Moving. Motivating. Mesmerizing. Book.Folks, I can’t even tell you how highly I recommend this. It was just so good. "Burn it! Burn it. This is where the poems are,” I say, thumping a ...
  • Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
    I want to thank HarperCollins International for sending me this copy of The Poet X and Karina @Afire Pages for including me in this amazing blog tour!You can find my review on my blog as well + a moodboard for this beautiful book, here.The Poet X left me in a miserable book-slump, I couldn’t read anything else for a few days because all I wanted to do was re-read Xiomara’s tale. I’m not going to lie, it was a truly raw story. I felt every b...
  • ellie
    i don’t know how to write good poetry but i suddenly want to try bc of this book. so here, have a haiku:incredible, ishow i would describe this bookbut it is miles beyondokay, so it’s been a week and I’m finally ready to talk about this book. first of all: XIOMARA. everything about xiomara. every time i want to talk about her i feel like im talking about a friend, or someone i know, because she is so real. she is so present. i understand he...
  • Amelia's Fantastical Bookends
    Well, just finished this book in 2 hours when I should have been doing homework :))))RTC!
  • 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...
  • 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...