The Poet X

The Poet X Review

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 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, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t 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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  • Lola  Reviewer

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • Tomi Adeyemi

    #ThePoetX was so beautiful that I didn’t want to highlight it or dog ear pages, so I just took pictures basically every pageThis was the type of book where “I’ll just do 50 pages” turned into ...

  • may ?

    wow this book COMPLETELY blew me awayI’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...

  • Kate (GirlReading)

    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...

  • Laurie Anderson

    A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!...

  • 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 m...

  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)

    "A lantern glowing in the dark."A caged bird discovers her wings. 5/5There 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 ...

  • Emer

    buddy read with LolaMostly a review of random thoughts and feelsThis is a novel in poetry format. Xio, the main character, writes her thoughts in the form of poems that she writes into her journal eve...

  • Scarlett

    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 ...