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The Poet X (2018)

de Elizabeth Acevedo

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"Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. 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. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems"--Dust jacket.… (més)
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This book really resonates me in a way I did not expect. emotional, raw, honest and well written. An easy to read hard to put down book that I know I'm going to want to re-read time and time again. ( )
  literarylifelines | May 13, 2021 |
I am in love with Elizabeth Acevedo! I heard "The Poet X" on audio, narrated by the author, and I am enchanted. I want more of her poetry. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
I love the unique format of a novel written in verse. Acevedo's narrative seamlessly flows through the pages of poems. I was pleasantly surprised that I could so easily picture the events of the story and the characters as I read.

Speaking of the characters, they are so multidimensional and they feel authentic. Elizabeth Acevedo is the only daughter of Dominican immigrants just like her protagonist Xiomara. Nobody in the book seems like a caricature and despite the fact that the main character is certainly critical of particular aspects of their religion and her parents' actions, it is overall a positive representation of family and culture.

Another thing that Acevedo does beautifully is truly capture the experience of growing up as a teenage girl in society. As a reader you can just feel Xiomara's discomfort when she is given unwanted attention for her body and also the relief and joy she experiences when at last she is finally given attention and recognition for her words, for "what's inside her head."

Another wonderful element of the book is the example the author shares of a strong female friendship. Caridad is a good friend to Xiomara. She supports her, but does not shy away from telling her when she disagrees with her. She urges Xio to pursue her poetry, by signing her up for the spoken word night and comforts her when she needs it.

Then there is Twin. The relationship between the two of them is quite touching. I love that he is the one who gives Xio both her first and her new notebook. Xiomara calls herself the storm and him the whisper, but they complement each other so well. I especially enjoyed the poem about the two of them ice skating each year for their birthday.

The final observation on The Poet X I will share is how visually stunning it is. The illustration on the cover is lovely, but what I mean is the way that Acevedo plays with formatting and margins makes the poetry come to life and rise from the pages. God on pages 14 & 15 and After on pages 52 & 53 are just a couple of examples of the way the broken formatting and white space on the pages heightens the emotions of the poetry. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
5* ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Well paced, "novel-in-verse" coming-of-age story for young teen Xiomara, the only girl, with a twin brother, part of a very devout, strict Dominican family living in NY City. Xiomara is uncomfortable with her own body image: taller, bigger, more filled out than other girls; she's struggling to understand her growing interest in boys; she's struggling against her mother's traditional attitudes about her role as the only daughter, & her expectations that Xiomara will complete confirmation classes at their local Catholic church. She's also discovering her own emerging talent with words; she fills her journal with intensely personal poems, documenting her feelings, her desires, her wonderings - & longs to join the after school poetry club, but must decline since her mother expects her to attend confirmation class on the same Tues afternoons.
The novel traces her school year at a steady pace, & her discoveries emerge in a natural way: she falls for a boy at school who is her biology lab partner; her English teacher notices her writing talent and finally convinces her to come to a poetry club meeting; she confronts Father Sean about some of her unanswered questions about God/Bible, & he kindly suggests she wait for confirmation; she realizes her gentle, brilliant twin brother is pursuing his first love -another (white) boy- ; she balks at her mother's "no boys, no after school involvements, no interaction with neighborhood riffraff". In the rise to a crisis: her mother sees her kissing her secret boyfriend, Aman, on the train home, & a tragic confrontation forces Xiomara to shut down completely for a time: Aman, even her best friend Caridad & her brother, worried, cannot get her to share. Father Sean plays a role in bringing her mother & her together again - rather than a depressing, stereotypical rejection of Xiamora, the adults in her life continue to try to help. She has a triumphant Poetry Slam experience and reunites with Aman, & has obviously matured in the year. This would be a great read for any young woman struggling to find her place in a traditional home, accept her own body, work through the too often demeaning ways boys/men objectify teen girls; learn to explore her writing gifts, in a thoughtful but ultimately upbeat way. An Evergreen Bk Award nominee of 2021. ( )
  BDartnall | Mar 20, 2021 |
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To Katherine Bolaños and my former students at Buck Lodge Middle School 2010-2012, and all the little sisters yearning to see themselves: this is for you
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"Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. 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. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems"--Dust jacket.

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