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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 AcevedoXiomara 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 TalkingBut 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 HerselfSo 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 PoemsBecause In The Face Of A World That May Not Want To Hear Her, Xiomara Refuses To Be Silent

10 thoughts on “The Poet X

  1. says:

    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 found it to be sweet and enjoyable, but I felt like a little something was held back Like the book played it too safe and didn t really excite me It was feel good, and that s just fine, but if I m being honest I m a bit of a drama llama This book, though This book is heart wrenching and powerful Acevedo should most definitely continue writing poetry as it seems to be where she excels, and it comes as no surprise to hear she had a background in poetry slams Xiomara s voice felt so real, so vulnerable and painfully honest as she talks about growing up as a curvy girl in Harlem the whispers of cuero follow her around even before she s even had chance to figure out her own sexuality.The Poet X is a bildungsroman, of sorts, about a girl becoming aware of her own body and sexuality This takes her through a complex range of emotions desire, shame, fear, anger, doubt, and pleasure, all rendered beautifully and effectively on the page Religion also plays a huge part Xiomara clashes with her devout mother and this leads to some truly horrifying parts of the story In fact, I think the only downside was the way this was resolved Certain things seemed too neat for my tastes and certain people seemed to change quickly in a way that wasn t quite believable to me view spoiler her mom goes from making her kneel in rice and pray to the Virgin Mary to suddenly allowing her boyfriend over Hard to believe even with the intervention of the priest hide spoiler

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    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 because it was so short, but I m so pleased I gave it a chance This is a story absolutely everyone should experience.CW sexism misogyny, homophobia, slut shaming, abuse, sexual assault harassmentI would HIGHLY recommend the audio version of this novel I don t have an experience with the physical novel to compare it to, but Elizabeth Acevedo does a fantastic job of performing her novel The passion for her writing and the power behind her words comes through so strongly by listening Plus, it s only about 4 hours and is extremely easy to fall into You will DEVOUR this audiobook.The writing is INCREDIBLE I know nothing about poetry and sentence structure in verse, but I KNOW Elizabeth Acevedo is a master Her syntax is inhumanely perfect, every word carefully chosen and placed where it is meant to be I m genuinely shocked this is a debut as the author appears so competent and experienced in her craft If you are yearning for a story with beautiful writing and a memorable voice, The Poet X absolutely needs to be on your list.I was really shocked with how much I resonated with this novel Xiomara s story deals with endless important topics, from dealing with sexism to questioning her faith as well as coping with her difficult family life and exploring her own identity I went into this novel expecting to read a story about someone very different from myself a Dominican teen with a twin brother who comes from a very strict, religious household but came away relating to Xiomara in a way I have not connected with a character in a while I felt so heard in the way Xiomara expresses her experience as a girl, not only in how she receives so much unwanted attention and objectification, but also in how she learns to recognize her value and take pride in herself I love watching girls know their worth and finally lay claim to the space they are entitled to take up in this world, physically and emotionally I m taken aback with how accurately this story spoke to me, but I m also leaving this story so empowered The Poet X was an enchanting story about what it means to be a girl, a sister, a daughter, but most importantly, what it means to be your own individual person Xiomara is immensely creative, talented, likeable, and relatable She has a story to tell that you won t want to miss I don t think I would consider this an absolute favorite of mine, but it is an amazing story that I d recommend to absolutely anyone.

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    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 finishing it in 2 readsI felt very emotional reading this book, not just because the story and the words themselves were so beautiful, but because I knew it was going to make so many teens who felt like no one cares about them or listens to them feel seen I also knew that if I had had books like this or Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds as a kid, I wouldn t have taken me until the age of 17 to realize I loved reading and writingCan t say enough good things about these books, everyone should pre order and read it It s out 3 6 18

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    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 children and how detrimental it can be to try keeping a teen from blossoming into their own bodies and sexuality I know The Poet X is a love story to poetry, but as someone who was raised in a sheltered, religious home, terrified of my own body and the things it wanted, this is a love story to those kids, too I am the baby fat that settled into D cups and swinging hips so that the boys who called me a whale in middle school now ask me to send them pictures of myself in a thong. body acceptance Every teen s path has a few major obstacles, and Xiomara s are her body, and the ways people view her for it At 15 going on 16, she s a tall Dominican girl with a thick figure, and she laments the different struggles it causes her whether it s boys and men giving her unwanted attention, or her mother blaming her for it When your body takes up room than your voice you are always the target of well aimed rumors, which is why I let my knuckles talk for me I ve forced my skin just as thick as I am. rape culture Xiomara s young, but she s already so painfully aware of what rape culture does to the society she lives in She constantly is harassed, whether it s a cat call on the sidewalk or a stranger s hand on her curves, but her experience is depicted so honestly. I think an unfortunate number of women, of all ages, will read this story and relate to the nauseating mixture of guilt and anger brought on by these words and gestures we never, ever asked for unless breathing in a woman s body is asking for it Trying to unhear my mother turn my kissing ugly, my father call me the names all the kids have called me since I grew breasts. love and self love Meanwhile, throughout the struggles of living in this rape culture, Xiomara wants to live, and be happy, and find love She has a sweet, understated blossom of romance with Aman, a classmate from Trinidad, and even explores the ways in which she can become comfortable in her own skin learning to see her body as beautiful, not oversized, and discovering what she wants and needs By the way, can we please get books normalizing teen girls who explore their own bodies like this one does We ve tried this whole girls don t crave sex like boys do approach in YA for way too long, and it s clearly not getting anyone anywhere And I knew then what I d known since my period came my body was trouble I had to pray the trouble out of the body God gave me My body was a problem And I didn t want any of these boys to be the ones to solve it. abuse The other big struggle in Xiomara s life comes in the form of her family, and her mother s religious views If you are uncomfortable with religion being portrayed in a candid and sometimes negative light, I ll go ahead and say that The Poet X may be one you should go into with caution, as Xiomara does raise a lot of questions about the church, scriptures, and God She has a hard time coming to terms with the devout beliefs of her loved ones, and the gap between her religious views and her mother s come to blows literally throughout the story There is an honest depiction of parental abuse in this story, and her mother s excuses are consistently rooted in her religious beliefs, which I know may make some of my religious friends uncomfortable, so I wanted to offer fair warning on that When I m told to have faith in the father, the son, in men and men are the first ones to make me feel so small. religion and women There s also quite a lot of discussion regarding how girls are raised in devoutly religious households, and how common it is that they are taught that their bodies are a stumbling block for the men in their lives Xiomara finds herself frustrated by the idea that she is expected to carry the full burden of what men do to her body, and muses a few concerns about how absent she feels that God is from the objectification and abuse she faces There s also a bit of talk about how queer individuals are treated in the church, as Xiomara s twin brother is gay and closeted, and the siblings feel a substantial amount of terror regarding how he s going to be treated if he is outed And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them. final thoughts At its core, The Poet X is a story about overcoming the ideals that our families push upon us, learning how to know who we are and what we want, and loving ourselves when the world doesn t make it easy It s about family, and the ways that we try to make situations work, and the desperation with which we must remember that, at the end of the day, we have to keep ourselves happy and safe no matter the relationships it may cost us It s about body positivity and loving the skin that we re in, and fighting back against a society that reduces us to cup sizes and the length of our skirts It is a beautiful, empowering, diverse, feminist tale, and I will undoubtedly be recommending it to everyone, but especially to any young girls who need to hear that they are whole, they are good, and they deserve happiness and freedom.Content warnings slut shaming, body shaming, homophobia, parental abuse, bigotry All quotes come from an unfinished ARC and may not match the final release Thank you so much to HarperTeen for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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    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 your chest,and pull your heart out,and carry it to the sky But if those words are not expressed,if they remain imprisoned,and you remain restrained,you will never feel freedom.I want to let them free,to let them fly,to let them breathe,to let me cry,my emotions out,to form a pool,that becomes a sanctuary So that happened Yeah Never wrote a poem in my life And now I ve written four bad ones I guess I can only improve from here.But seriously, gorgeous book If you ve enjoyed One by Sarah Crossan, you ll love this for sure Buddy read with dear Emer Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

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    Poetry usually isn t my jam but this book was part of my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2018 so here we areI ended up really connecting with the main character, her story, her relationship with her family, her struggles with religion and the abuse she went through.There was a lot of Spanish in the book but everything was translated right after so don t worry view spoiler I did feel like the ending of the book put a little bow on the whole thing which kinda brought it down for me hide spoiler

  7. says:

    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 parts SO DAMN GOOD.

  8. says:

    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 through obstacles, and pain and naysayers and finding your true voice It s about coming out on top, because, ultimately, you matter Your being matters.

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    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 copy of my own I loved multiple subjects this book tackled, mainly being the daughter of a religious mother and wanting to stray from that but experiencing guilt and anxiety over it Plenty of other important topics were addressed, and it was all within a format that was as poetic as the main character s hobby was.This book began and ended on such sharp dialogue and impactful scenes that I enjoyed it right off the bat and I finished it with relish, but the middle stagnated a bit for me I wish the climactic scenes were given as much time and as many pages as mundane day to day activities Still, I was grateful for those because for a book in verse, the cast of characters is very humanized and fleshed out.One thing that I found peculiar was that this book is about a poet, one who many times performs her poetry, and yet the reader is never actually shown the poems she reads to crowds, only the narration is shown I wish we could have seen what Xiomara writes and shares with her peers and poetry competitions in addition to her inner monologue about what she experiences Despite these minor, minor issues, I highly enjoyed my reading experience and this book has definitely raised the bar for how books in verse should be Honestly, I can see this book as required reading for teens It s so honest and because of its format, it packs a lot of meaning into succinct statements I definitely plan on reading this author s recent contemporary book because I think her handle of language is outstanding and I fully support her stance on a lot of issues facing young women of color.