The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

So this was the second time that I read (or well, listened) to this book. And both times, I honestly would give it all the stars in the world. It’s just that good. There really isn’t anything that I found wrong with this book. It was absolutely beautiful in the way that it was written and the way that it was told.

I think that the main thing besides the story that got to me was the way that it was written. Some of the lines in the poems were just stunning. I was speechless as I listened to them. Not only were they beautifully written, but they were also just so powerful.

I’d definitely describe my reading experience with this book as enchanting. Listening to the author read the story in the audiobook had me so engrossed. I absolutely loved the characters and their relationships, except for maybe Xiomara’s mother and how she treated Xiomara throughout the story, though she did have a couple redeeming qualities towards the end.

One aspect that I LOVED was the slam poetry open mics. I used to go to a lot of open mics while I was in high school, and it was so much fun to hear everyone’s poems and songs. I felt Xiomara’s anxiety when she was signed up to preform a poem because that’s something that I personally dealt with when my friends would sign me up to read a poem. But listening to the audiobook definitely heightened the experience with that part of the story.

I could feel the emotions Xiomara was feeling through the words of her poems. And they hit me hard. It was just amazing, and I can’t recommend it enough. Go read it if you haven’t. It will change your life.

So there you have it. Those were my thoughts on The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. If you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved this even the second time I read it. I feel like a lot of people have already read this book, but even if you have, you should read it again. It’s just that good. If you’ve read this book, let me know in the comments. I’d love to discuss it with you!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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