The Poet X

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 A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother?s religion and her own relation...

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Title:The Poet X
Author:Elizabeth Acevedo
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:B0727TNBDH
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Poet X Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Apr 14, 2019
    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 stud...
  • Laurie Anderson
    Mar 14, 2018
    A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended! ...
  • Tatiana
    Jun 18, 2018
    Printz Medal 2019 Well deserved Original review 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...
  • Emily May
    May 24, 2019
    ?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...
  • Lilith Black
    Dec 18, 2018
    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...
  • Christy
    Nov 30, 2018
    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 twi...
  • C.G. Drews
    May 24, 2019
    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 i...
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    Mar 06, 2019
    ?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 should...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Jan 30, 2019
    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 ...
  • Lola
    Apr 14, 2018
    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. ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Feb 04, 2018
    ?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 no...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Nov 20, 2018
    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. ...
  • Cyn  (chinchilla hunter, shameless reader of trash)
    Mar 28, 2018
    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 <3 I couldn't say enough ab...
  • Tomi Adeyemi
    Jan 25, 2018
    #ThePoetX was so beautiful that I didn?t want to highlight it or dog ear pages, so I just took pictures basically every page This was the type of book where ?I?ll just do 50 pages? turned into finishing it in 2 reads I felt very emotional reading this book, not just becau...
  • kat
    Feb 09, 2019
    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 f...
  • Gabby
    May 19, 2019
    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 t...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    Apr 28, 2018
    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...
  • Warda
    Feb 18, 2019
    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 ab...
  • Emma Giordano
    Jan 07, 2019
    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 abs...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    May 22, 2018
    ????? "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 &am...
  • Emma
    Apr 19, 2019
    4.25 stars This book was great. It's written in verses and I loved the fact that Xiomara, the protagonist, also writes poems. I had never read a book about slam poetry even though it's something I actually enjoy very much, I think it was all very well done. This book tackles some ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Nov 23, 2018
    ? 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 i...
  • leynes
    Apr 08, 2019
    Okay, I'll admit it. I cried whilst listening to the audiobook. Almost for an hour straight. In public. And I read this story twice. On the same day. Yeah, a couple hours after finishing the audiobook I decided to get my physical copy and then read that one again. I cried. Again. I mak...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    Nov 07, 2018
    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. Sh...
  • ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗
    Apr 19, 2019
    ?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 wi...
  • Ashley Nuckles
    Oct 11, 2018
    Sooo good. SO good. And the poetry was beautiful! I?d read anything by Elizabeth Acevedo. ...
  • Cindy Pham
    Feb 17, 2019
    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 ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Feb 01, 2019
    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 w...
  • Imane
    Oct 20, 2018
    ?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 ...
  • may ➹
    Apr 24, 2018
    wow this book COMPLETELY blew me away I?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?...