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, Audiobook

Reviews The Poet X

  • Emily May
    “And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.” 4 stars. Wow, this was so good.I recently read Acevedo's With the Fire on High and I found it to be sweet and enjoyable, but I felt like a little something was held back. Like the book played it too safe and didn't really excite me. It was feel-good, and that's just fine, but if I'm being honest I'm a bit of a drama llama. 🦙This book, ...
  • Emma Giordano
    This was a surprising read for me!! I do not read poetry, nor do I typically like it, therefore I have avoided reading books in verse for years. I decided to pick up the audiobook from my library just because it was so short, but I’m so pleased I gave it a chance. This is a story absolutely everyone should experience.CW: sexism/misogyny, homophobia, slut-shaming, abuse, sexual assault/harassmentI would HIGHLY recommend the audio version of this...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Poetry usually isn't my jam but this book was part of my "Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2018" so here we are...I ended up really connecting with the main character, her story, her relationship with her family, her struggles with religion and the abuse she went through.There was a lot of Spanish in the book but everything was translated right after so don't worry.(view spoiler)[I did feel like the ending of the book put a little bow on the whole...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    This was INCREDIBLE. I very rarely enjoy poetry but I listened to the audiobook of this one and it absolutely blew me away. I can't wait to buy my own physical copy so I can tab up all my favorite parts. SO. DAMN. GOOD.
  • Warda
    Elizabeth Acevedo, you are a goddess.This poetry collection, told in a novel-like fashion, was what my soul needed. It was abundant and healing. It’s about faith, family, love, forging yourself through obstacles, and pain and naysayers and finding your true voice. It’s about coming out on top, because, ultimately, you matter. Your being matters.
  • Whitney Atkinson
    4.5 starsI read this from the library because I was unsure if a book in verse would be worth paying full price for, but after finishing it, my answer is yes. It is definitely worth the money to get a copy of my own. I loved multiple subjects this book tackled, mainly being the daughter of a religious mother and wanting to stray from that but experiencing guilt and anxiety over it. Plenty of other important topics were addressed, and it was all wi...
  • BernLuvsBooks (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 i...
  • Cindy Pham
    Contemporary YA and poetry are usually a miss for me, so I am pleasantly surprised at the near-perfection of this coming-of-age story. The verse formats feel purposeful instead of gimmicky and the writing is so good without compensating with flowery language. It's simple yet effective and does a wonderful job at portraying the complexities of a teenager finding her voice within a culture that often suppresses young women. Even though our upbringi...
  • Sabaa Tahir
    I read this for a second time and caught all sorts of details I missed the first time. The phrase "required reading" conjures up images of old dead dudes. But the Poet X is what required reading SHOULD be: elegant, important and gripping--a story that stays with you. Whether you are a fan of YA or not, you should pick this one up.
  • Hannah Greendale
    🚨 Unpopular opinion alert! 🚨 The Poet X explores several important topics with a feather-touch: body shaming (Word!), the anti-feminist foundations of organized religion (Yas, girl! Preach!), and the grueling lack of autonomy most people suffer in high school when adulthood is longed for but just out of reach (Omg, same!). Unfortunately, Xiomara's story is peripheral, hasty, and occasionally lacks a sense of synchronicity between its chapte...
  • Christy
    4.5 stars!!Poet X is lyrical, deep, and meaningful. I loved the way this book was written. It had a fantastic flow, the poetry was poignant, and Xiomara's voice and character really shined through. This is a story about a teenage girl who lives in Harlem. She lives with her twin brother, her father, and an overly religious mother. Xiomara isn't allowed to have a voice in that house. Her mother wants her to be close to a god she's not sure she bel...
  • Laurie Anderson
    A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!
  • C.G. Drews
    I knew I'd love this one!! I just needed !! to hurry up !! and read it. (Wow I am just so behind on so many releases.) This was so heartfelt and emotional, I just truly felt my soul flooded with feelings, hopeful ones and hurt ones. It's the kind of book that can brilliantly draw you in and paint you a whole world of feelings with just a few lines. The author is a master with words and these skills...I just. It's such a good book.I didn't realise...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    4 Stars “And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.” 15-year old Xiomara lives in a world where her mother controls her life at home and society tries to limit her elsewhere. But Xiomara will not be silenced. She discovers the world of slam poetry and finds her voice.The whole story is written in verse, and I found the audiobook particularly powerful, as Xiomara uses her poetry to...
  • Imane
    “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?” ― Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X 🌟3/5🌟This was really powerful and moving, however I just couldn't connect with Xiomara and was at times, frustrated with her.
  • ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗
    “the ultimate actress because i’m always pretending, pretending i’m blind, pretending i’m fine; i should win an oscar i do it so well.” what an EXPERIENCE. going into this, i was really unsure of what to expect. i have never read a book in verse before and chose to go with the audiobook because i have read a book narrated by elizabeth acevedo before and her narration was, yet again, absolutely fantastic. listening to her reading her own...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    4.5 stars
  • Ashley Nuckles
    Sooo good. SO good. And the poetry was beautiful! I’d read anything by Elizabeth Acevedo.
  • Tatiana
    Printz Medal 2019Well deservedOriginal reviewAs 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 di...
  • may ➹
    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...
  • Gabby
    Just finished the audiobook today (which was great by the way, one of the best I’ve ever listened to) and this book is incredible. It’s told in verse and it’s a gorgeous story about a girl Xiomara discovering slam poetry and falling in love with it. The audiobook is narrated by the author herself and she has so much passion in her voice it honestly gave me chills so many times. This book also tackles some sensitive but important topics like...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • alana ♡
    “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?” First, I need to thank my book twinny, Amanda, over at Classy x Book Reviews for yelling at me to pick this up everyday until I did. I shouldn't even be surprised that we both adored this book since we basically love anything that makes us want to scream and cry.  Make sure you check out here review HERE. ...
  • Lisa
    Carnegie Medal 2019 is a killer poem!I fought with my daughter over the right to read it first, and after winning, and reading it in one go, I can't help seeing some irony in that. What mothers do to daughters, mostly to protect them, is a harsh poem to perform. I wish I hadn't won, for now I have to decide whether my daughter is old enough at 13 to face the pain of being almost 16, and at odds with everything family tradition considers holy.I am...
  • ALet
    The Reading Rush day 1: Read a book in the same spot the entire time.★★ /5The Poet X is a beloved novel, but sadly it hadn’t the same impact for me. I totally see why people love this book so much, but I didn’t feel the connection with the characters or the plot. Writing style chose was definitely interesting and made the story more live and unique, but sadly because of the style story for me felt very rushed.I see that this book can be v...
  • Elyse Walters
    Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and Cilip Carnegie Medal....DESERVING of every award offered! Debut author Elizabeth Acevedo began writing this story when she was an 8th grade English teacher - in 2012 - a teacher in Maryland. Acevedo says....”My students were 90% Latino. And I realized that all the stories I have been telling in class and these poems I had been writing didn’t necessarily end up on their bookshelves...