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The Poet X

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....

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The Poet X Reviews

  • may ➹

    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’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 relationships and learning to climb back up when everything (or ev
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  • Kelly

    A really moving, powerful verse novel about growing up as a Dominican American girl in Harlem and the pressures to follow and behave according to a strictly-religious mother and the desire to indulge in one's own passions and interests. Xiomara is a fabulous poet, and the verse format in this novel works well to render her story.

    Acevedo's exploration of faith and being a first-generation American will resonate with many readers, as will Xiomara's passion for writing. I thought that the secondar
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  • Cyn (chinchilla hunter, shameless reader of trash, proud member of Not Reading Your TBR Club)

    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 about this book if I tried - I just adore it to pieces. I'm extremely glad this came in my PageHabit YA box for March, the comments from the author make the experience exponentially better (as if it wasn't fantastic already
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  • ellie

    i don’t know how to write good poetry but i suddenly want to try bc of this book. so here, have a haiku:

    incredible, is

    how i would describe this book

    but it is miles beyond

    okay, so it’s been a week and I’m finally ready to talk about this book. first of all: XIOMARA. everything about xiomara. every time i want to talk about her i feel like im talking about a friend, or someone i know, because she is so real. she is so present. i understand her so much. i think my one complaint is the ending - it w
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  • 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 in for such a raw, honest ride about how religion impacts childre ...more

  • Dannii Elle

    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 in this world.

    My first book written in verse has proven to me that it can compete with wordier or lengthier pieces of prose for emotional impact and how deeply it could resonate with me. I found line after line that I
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  • Emer

    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.

    Good points

    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
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  • Tori (InToriLex)

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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



    Maybe, the only thing that has to make sense

    about  being somebody's friends is that you help

    them be their best selves on any given day.

    That you give them a home

    when they don't want to be in their own 




    This is a novel written in verse, but it was not too rhyme-y and flowed well. Xiomara's relationship with her boyfriend Aman included the right amount of angst and tension that all teenagers feel when they're driven by hormones. Xiomara relates well to her twin brother Xavier, although they have different strengths. While Xavier is introverted and small in stature, Xiomara is his champion because of her size and courage to stand up to whoever stands against her. She slowly learns what she wants and goes after it, despite what anyone else thinks. The character development helped me connect with the story and I became emotionally invested in what happens.




    And the words I never say are better left on

    my tongue since they would only have

    slammed against the closed door of your back


    The use of Spanish throughout the book was great. The phrases used were translated and reminded the reader of Xiomara's cultural identity. Reading about a Dominican teenager coming of age was refreshing because too few young adult books focus on people of color. You can tell the author wrote from what she knew, the situations and humor shared between the characters was genuine.  Even Xiomara's name forces the reader to get uncomfortable and quickly adjust to something new. I would recommend this to reader's who enjoy coming of age stories with unshakeable female characters and problematic family dynamics.

    I received this e-book from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. ...more