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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
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The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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The novel in verse was a quick read... the plot was relatable and something most women would be able to identify with. The themes of parenting and religion (sometimes) stifling a person, and words, poetry and writing freeing one really 'spoke' to me. The ending reconciling everyone and everything, albeit not completely, seemed appropriate, even though a bit rushed. ( )
  Megha17 | Jan 17, 2019 |
The Poet X is an excellent YA novel written in easy-to-read free verse. Xiomara Batista ("X") is making her way through adolescence in a Harlem high school. She has a very strict Catholic mother who may be "do as I say, not as I did." X doesn't tolerate unwelcome lotharios or meanness, and sometimes has to stick up for her gentle, smart twin brother. I loved her questioning of her Catholic faith and the patriarchy impressed on her, even if her mother doesn't. X is studying for her confirmation while filled with uncertainties, and has a romance blossoming with a science partner that must be kept hidden from her parents. X loves to write poetry, and yearns to join the school's slam poetry team - which meets at the same time as confirmation class.

"“The world is almost peaceful when you stop trying to understand it.”

“My brother was born a soft whistle:
quiet, barely stirring the air, a gentle sound.
But I was born all the hurricane he needed
to lift - and drop- those that hurt him to the ground.”

“Maybe, the only thing that has to make sense
about being somebody's friend
is that you help them be their best self
on any given day. That you give them a home
when they don't want to be in their own.”

The author is a successful slam poet herself, and the writing here is easy and natural. This is about a girl struggling to find herself and her way, ready to do battle to make that happen. Because this is a YA book, the ending perhaps is a bit neater and more upbeat than it might have been. X will keep you racing through the pages and pulling for her to make it.bbbbbbb. ( )
  jnwelch | Jan 16, 2019 |
The Poet X is the first generation daughter of Dominican immigrants. Xiomara has endured life in her Harlem neighborhood by developing a sharp tongue to protect herself from unwanted attention. As she navigates the first months of grade ten, and her first boyfriend, Xiomara is increasingly in conflict with her pious and judgmental mother. When a teacher encourages Xiomara to express herself by sharing her poetry, she abandons her desire to be invisible and discovers the power of having her voice heard – especially by the people who matter the most.

If you have been meaning to try a book in verse, this would be a good place to start. Head over to acevedowrites.com to check out more of the author’s Award Winning Poetics. ( )
  Lindsay_W | Jan 6, 2019 |
Didn't care for this book at first. It felt cliche at the level of plot and individual verses. But it took a few turns midway through, and ratcheted up the emotion in surprising and really poignant ways. In the end, I found Xiomara's journey of empowerment through spoken word really moving. ( )
  jalbacutler | Dec 21, 2018 |
YA, poetry, high school, novels in verse, National Book Award, twins, mothers, religion, LGBT, poets, Latinx ( )
  shelf-employed | Dec 6, 2018 |
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"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 prayers--especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami's 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 school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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