A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mothers 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 passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayersespecially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mamis determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.So when she is invited to join her schools slam poetry club, she doesnt know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she cant stop thinking about performing her poems.Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent....
|Title||:||The Poet X|
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The Poet X Reviews
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***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, but if I had to choose one particular element I love the most, i ...more
"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.
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 not there). We see how one kiss from a boy can slu ...more
WARNING: Bad poetry ahead.
I stand here, and I think,
if there is one thing I want to say,
it’s that she is proof effervescent passion and love,
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,
my emotions out,
to form a pool,
that becomes a sanct ...more
First off, I want to say that I am a Christian. My faith in Christ means everything to me. That being said, The Poet X opened a window and allowed me to see into the life of a young girl who is raised by a devout tyrannical Catholic mother who shoved her beliefs down her daughter’s throat. It broke my heart. I cannot speak for Catholicism because it differs from my faith, but I am fully aware that tyrannical devout “Christians” exist and treat their children the same way Xiomara’s mother treated ...more
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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 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 to express it. Xiomara questions what she has been t ...more
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 church to bullshit creepy men hitting on a minor.
A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!
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 teenage life.
The 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 a sense of her as a person.
A great feminist messa ...more