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- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062662805
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062662804
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.97 x 20.96 cm
- Publisher : Quill Tree Books (6 March 2018)
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 180,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
★ "Themes as diverse as growing up first-generation American, Latinx culture, sizeism, music, burgeoning sexuality, and the power of the written and spoken word are all explored with nuance. Poignant and real, beautiful and intense."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A powerful, heartwarming tale of a girl not afraid to reach out and figure out her place in the world."--Booklist
"The force and intensity behind her words practically pushes them off the page, resulting in a verse novel that is felt as much as it is heard. This is a book from the heart, and for the heart."--New York Times Book Review
★ "The Poet X is beautiful and true--a splendid debut."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)
★ "Acevedo's poetry is skillfully and gorgeously crafted, each verse can be savored on its own, but together they create a portrait of a young poet sure to resonate with readers long after the book's end."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"The Poet X is beautiful and true--a splendid debut."--School Library Journal (starred review)
★ "In nearly every poem, there is at least one universal truth about adolescence, family, gender, race, religion, or sexuality that will have readers either nodding in grateful acknowledgment or blinking away tears."--Horn Book (starred review)
"In The Poet X, Acevedo skillfully sculpts powerful, self-contained poems into a masterpiece of a story, and has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero."--Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street
"A glorious achievement. This is a story about what it means to be a writer and how to survive when it feels like the whole world's turned against you."--Daniel José Older, author of the Shadowshaper Cypher series
About the Author
Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X--which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award--as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.
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FYI IT’S GREAT Y’ALL.
It’s honestly astounding and masterful how Elizabeth Acevedo is able to carve out such rich characters with such complex lives using just a few carefully selected words arranged artfully on the page. The book only took me 1.5 hours to read but I was floored at how well I got to know Xiomara and her hurt and her struggles in that time!
And oh man, did my heart HURT for Xiomara! Acevedo does an incredible job using slam poetry to convey the struggles Xiomara faces navigating her womanhood within the context of her mother’s religious - and toxic - worldview. While we must acknowledge and respect the sacrifice of immigrant parents, this book highlights that there is value and validity in pulling away from these customs and religious beliefs when they’re harmful.
This book also tackles the female body, and how the arrival of puberty means that suddenly everybody has a voice about what your body should look like and what you should do with it - except the actual owner of said body. Acevedo also examines original sin, and how women are so constrained in how society expects them to behave, while their brothers, fathers, and male lovers could virtually get away with murder.
Ughhhhhhhhh this book is just SO good. It’s so complex and nuanced and I don’t even have the words or brainpower to adequately articulate everything I’m feeling. Just read it, please. I regret being so late to The Poet X party but I’m here now!
I read a sample of this book a little while ago and was completely immersed from the very first page. I knew then, that this would be a book I’d remember for a long time. My prediction was right. Although this is a verse novel and you may not expect much, this couldn’t be further from the truth. It packs a MIGHTY PUNCH. The verse paints a heart-wrenching story of a young teenage girl struggling to establish her own persona in the face of a pushy mother, a religion she’s unsure about and a genius of a brother who constantly needs saving.
Who is Xiomara in all of this? She’s strong, fierce and has a loyal streak a mile wide. She’s also unsure, scared and lost. What follows is a poignant story told from Xiomara’s journal entries. Her life in a book of poems. They’re the only thing that truly set her mind and past free. This is a stunning book that really brings to light all of the confusing emotions encountered during the teenage years. The Poet X really touched my heart and was full of well developed side characters that I soon began to adore. You don’t just fall in love with Xiomara’s plight, but also those of her friends and Twin. This is a story I’m going to be re-reading for years to come!
I had to share my favourite verse chapter with you… as shown above. It really sums up Xiomara’s loss of her support system and hero in her life. Its replacement is a cold mother who only sees flaws. One that picks apart things Xiomara has no control over. This novel showcases perfectly that quintessential teenage experience of no longer feeling close to your parents. The divide that occurs with age, physical maturity and separation of beliefs. With independence comes free thought and Xiomara’s lack of piety was a divide that mother and daughter could not seem to cross.
Despite the heavy tone of the story, it was very well paced and I was able to read this in one sitting. It was INTENSE and ANGSTY and everything I wanted it to be! The only thing that I found an issue with was the ending. Without spoilers, I can just say that it felt a little rushed and unfinished to me. I still had questions and wanted to see a longer, more detailed resolution to Xiomara’s issues with her mother as well as her aspirations as a poet. The ending didn’t provide many answers in these areas and as they were at the core of the book, I would have liked more closure on them.
Overall, The Poet X was a stunningly beautiful and emotional coming-of-age read. It took me back to the angst-filled years of my teens when I wasn’t sure who I was and what I stood for or believed in. Xiomara’s strength and struggle for independence stole my heart. If you haven’t read this book yet, you definitely should!
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The story is about Xiamora. It is about being a teenager. It is about being of Dominican descent and what is expected of her. It is about being a girl in a world that favours the male. Mostly, it is about growing up with these life conditions and trying to find your own place and not the one that is expected by her extremely religious mother.
My heart broke so many times when I read this story. As a reader, you feel the claustrophobia that Xiamora feels. How the world is both so big and so small at the same time.
The Poet X is amazing. Read it now.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is available now.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓲𝓶 𝓼𝓸 𝓰𝓵𝓪𝓭 𝓱𝓮𝓼 𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓫𝓳𝓮𝓬𝓽.
𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲 𝓪𝓷𝓼𝔀𝓮𝓻 𝓫𝓮𝓯𝓸𝓻𝓮 𝓲 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓴.
“𝓘𝓶 𝓳𝓾𝓼𝓽 𝓪 𝔀𝓻𝓲𝓽𝓮𝓻… 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓶𝓪𝔂𝓫𝓮 𝓲𝓭 𝓫𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓟𝓸𝓮𝓽 𝓧.“
I think I may have found a new favourite author. Some of the best writing I have ever read. Her words pull on my heart strings that most writing has never accomplished before. Elizabeth Acevedo is a genius with words. Her books should be read by everyone worldwide.
’… 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼 𝓰𝓲𝓿𝓮 𝓹𝓮𝓸𝓹𝓵𝓮 𝓹𝓮𝓻𝓶𝓲𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓲𝓻 𝓯𝓾𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓼𝓽 𝓼𝓮𝓵𝓯. 𝓐𝓷𝓭 𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓷𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓼𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓹𝓸𝓮𝓶𝓼
𝓲 𝓶𝓸𝓼𝓽 𝓷𝓮𝓮𝓭𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓸 𝓱𝓮𝓪𝓻 𝓶𝓸𝓻𝓮?’
The Poet X follows Xiomara, who is always having to abide by her mothers strict religious rules. Wanting to be free, she is having to sneak around that any other teenage girl would do. But that’s not freedom. The only way she can relive herself of her overwhelming emotions is by writing in her journal. However, it’s not any kind of writing, it’s poetry, and Xiomara is really good at it. She loves poetry. It’s her release, a way to express herself without anyone hearing or seeing.
When she is offered to join a poetry club, she is overcome with joy. A place where she can share her beloved work. Unfortunately poetry club clashes with church, and there is no way she can miss church. Miss church and she must feel her mothers wrath, and that’s something she does not want.
This beautiful novel follows Xiomara through the struggles of wanting to live a normal teenage life, boys, parties and definitely not confined to a church and God. Throughout these struggles she finds solace in her poetry and is reading to share her work with the world, with help from her friends.
I hope Acevedo releases more novels in verse in the coming years, because I need them all.
There was something so compelling about the writing style, the characters, just the whole way this novel was presented!
I didn't want to put this book down; Xiomara was such an interesting and bold character to read about. Her little world and the way she lives gets explored so fantastically.
I can't wait to read more from Elizabeth Acevedo because she has some real talent.