Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Page Count: 368 pgs.
Genre: Poetry, Coming-of-Age,
Published Date: March 6, 2018
Trigger Warnings: Profanity, Body Shaming, Homophobia, Abuse.
Hiii Unicorns it’s Lori🦄✨Fun Fact: I use to write Poetry in 10th grade & enjoyed it. I haven’t read Poetry in forever, but WOW my burning passion to write Poetry was revived by reading this honest, raw & emotional novel.
About The Book
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. But she still 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.
“Burn it! Burn it. This is where the poem are,” I say, thumping a fist against my chest. “Will you burn me? Will you burn me, too?”
I just want to start by saying…the cover is STUNNING! The cover reflects the artistic, lyrical & thought provoking atmosphere. This book displays a relatable Latina coming of age story which aren’t represented enough within literature. This novel is truly heart wrenching that I do admit I did cry. Incredibly deep and shattering.
Xiomara discusses all aspects of womanhood, body image, religion, sexuality, and family. These significant topics written in poetry format will leave a mark when you’ve finished reading each poem. It’s truthful, inspiring, hopeful, vulnerable, empowering, & raw.
Xiomara faces a decision of doing something she’s passionate of & disappointing her family or following her family’s rules & not pursuing her burning passion. She is faced with many interior & exterior issues that are relatable. It asks: Do I take the risk or no?
When reading several pages I was truly shocked by the hidden truth of these words. The protagonist is Afro-Latina with a heart of iron that warms my heart from the very start. She has a tough & brave exterior, but vulnerable & genuine interior that I adore.
I haven’t read poetry in awhile, so this novel revived my admirable passion for it. This novel also takes place in Harlem, New York which is the first I’ve traveled there via literature— It’s refreshing for me personally. It’s a fast paced & lovable read that I recommend to many youth especially during this time period.
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About The Author
Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit.
She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University Of Maryland. With over twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET, and Mun2, as well as several Ted Talks.
Lori’s QOTD: Do you have a favorite Poetry novel?