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
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Poet X Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 09, 2018
    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 ...
  • 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
    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 thi...
  • Jenna
    Nov 23, 2018
    ?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 ...
  • Emer
    Apr 14, 2018
    buddy read with Lola Mostly a review of random thoughts and feels This 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 tee...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Feb 24, 2018
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex I 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 (semi-hiatus)
    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...
  • Jasmine
    Feb 09, 2018
    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 ...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Nov 27, 2017
    "A lantern glowing in the dark." A caged bird discovers her wings. 5/5 There 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 yo...
  • Lucas Fogaça
    Nov 26, 2018
    ?It almost feels like the more I bruise the page, the quicker something inside me heals.? Fazia um tempo que eu no marcava tantas frases num livro. ...
  • Katie.dorny
    May 14, 2018
    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 ol...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • Laura
    Jun 28, 2017
    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 d...
  • Kristy K
    Jul 02, 2018
    "I will never write a single poem ever again. I will never let anyone see my full heart and 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 learn...
  • Jill
    Jul 31, 2018
    *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 ~ ...
  • Julia Sapphire
    Jun 19, 2018
    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 o...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Mar 27, 2018
    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 t...
  • 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 suffer in high school when adulthood is longe...
  • Dannii Elle
    Feb 22, 2018
    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...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    Nov 07, 2018
    4 Stars This book snuck in my house, smiled at me politely and then punched me in the gut 42 times. And afterwords, I thanked it. Aka: this is super important and gave me feelings even if I have some qualms about the ending Full RTC ...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Mar 30, 2018
    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...
  • Ashley Nuckles
    Oct 11, 2018
    Sooo good. SO good. And the poetry was beautiful! I?d read anything by Elizabeth Acevedo. ...
  • 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?...