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

  • 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 ...
  • kat
    three things:i need to obtain a copy of this book instantly so i can mark my favorite passages (of which there were many)this is 100% a new favorite. also it made me cry. also the audiobook is glorious. this deserved the goodreads choice award for poetry and that’s just facts.
  • 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.
  • Larry H
    Wow. This was absolutely phenomenal. What a powerful gut punch.Elizabeth Acevedo's National Book Award-winning The Poet X is deserving of every single accolade that comes its way. This immensely moving novel-in-verse will light a fire inside you while it takes your breath away.Xiomara Batista is about to start her sophomore year at a high school in Harlem. She has been the object of male attention since she grew tall and her body grew curves. Her...
  • (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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Laurie Anderson
    A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    5 stars! “Late into the night I write and the pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed onto them. It almost feels like the more I bruise the page the quicker something inside me heals.” Well, I completely understand why this book is winning all of the awards. It is absolutely magnificent. Poet X a story, told in verse, about Xiomara a teenage girl from a religious background who has poetry bursting from inside her. Xiom...
  • Lilith Black
    This was my very first book written by Elizabeth Acevedo that I read, and also, if I am not mistaken and remember well, my first story wrote in a poem form. Didn't know what to expect from it, but I kinda expected to like it at least, given all the buzz from BookTube and book community. It turns out that I really loved it!The relationships in this book, all the feelings and the hard topics such as religion, sexuality, and self-acceptance, hit me ...
  • Vitor Martins
    Eu não imaginava que esse livro iria mexer tanto comigo. Eu tinha meu pé atrás por conta da narrativa em poesia mas me surpreendi demais com essa história. Xiomara é uma personagem cheia de camadas e mesmo sendo completamente diferente de mim, a sua voz falou comigo em um monte de aspectos diferentes.Eu me vi na relação problemática que ela tem com a mãe, nos seus questionamentos constantes a respeito de Deus e da religião da sua famíl...
  • Cyn (chinchilla hunter, shameless reader of trash)
    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
  • Jill
    *3.75 FIRST BOOKTUBEATHON 2018 READ!! I loved this book. I laughed and started tearing up at points. However, the ending was horribly rushed for me and that disappointed me. I wanted so much more from the ending gahhh. But I did love the story, it was beautiful ~
  • 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 ...
  • Jenna
    “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.” I will admit it -- I often judge books by their covers. When I saw the cover of The Poet X, I knew I had to read it and downloaded it before even reading anything about it. I'm glad I did because I'm not sure if I would have read it...
  • 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 ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I found this to be incredibly moving, a YA novel about finding your voice, largely in verse. The audio is highly recommended, skillfully read by the author, which led me down an internet rabbit hole of the author performing poetry from outside this book.This would have been a good book to read when I was the same age as the narrator, because she is confronted with conservative parenting that actually physically prevents her from expressing hersel...
  • 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...