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 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
Edition Language:English
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    The Poet X Reviews

  • Emily May

    “And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.” 4 stars. Wow, this was so good.I recently read Acevedo's With the Fire on High and I foun...

  • Emma Giordano

    This was a surprising read for me!! I do not read poetry, nor do I typically like it, therefore I have avoided reading books in verse for years. I decided to pick up the audiobook from my library just...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Lola

    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 ...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    Poetry usually isn't my jam but this book was part of my "Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2018" so here we are...I ended up really connecting with the main character, her story, her relationship with ...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    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 par...

  • Warda

    Elizabeth Acevedo, you are a goddess.This poetry collection, told in a novel-like fashion, was what my soul needed. It was abundant and healing. It’s about faith, family, love, forging yourself thro...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    4.5 starsI read this from the library because I was unsure if a book in verse would be worth paying full price for, but after finishing it, my answer is yes. It is definitely worth the money to get a ...

  • Cindy Pham

    Contemporary YA and poetry are usually a miss for me, so I am pleasantly surprised at the near-perfection of this coming-of-age story. The verse formats feel purposeful instead of gimmicky and the wri...