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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 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
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Jovon I would suggest trying the audio version as well. There is definitely a story to follow and its one that many can relate to.
RachaelSage Although the main character, Xiomara, is not, another primary character is.…moreAlthough the main character, Xiomara, is not, another primary character is. (less)

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Emily May
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, poetry, young-adult
“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.
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Emma Giordano
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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/harassment

I would HIGHLY recommend the audio version of this novel. I don’t have an experience with the physical
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Tomi Adeyemi
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#ThePoetX was so beautiful that I didn’t want to highlight it or dog ear pages, so I just took pictures basically every page

This was the type of book where “I’ll just do 50 pages” turned into finishing it in 2 reads

I 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
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“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
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Lola
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
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Poetry usually isn't my jam but this book was part of my "Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2018" so here we are...

I 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.

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Warda
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I 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
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Cindy Pham
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Contemporary YA and poetry are usually a miss for me, so I am pleasantly surprised at the near-perfection of this coming-of-age story. The verse formats feel purposeful instead of gimmicky and the writing is so good without compensating with flowery language. It's simple yet effective and does a wonderful job at portraying the complexities of a teenager finding her voice within a culture that often suppresses young women. Even though our upbringings are not the same, I greatly enjoyed reading ...more
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
"Xiomara may be remembered as a lot of things: a student, a miracle, a protective sister, a misunderstood daughter, but most importantly, she should be remembered as always working to become the warrior she wanted to be."

I loved how honest, raw & beautiful this book was. Elizabeth Acevedo gave voice to so many youth through Xiomara. I was her in my youth and this book took me back to those teen years growing up in NY with strict Hispanic parents. How I wish I had a book like this to
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Sabaa Tahir
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this for a second time and caught all sorts of details I missed the first time. The phrase "required reading" conjures up images of old dead dudes. But the Poet X is what required reading SHOULD be: elegant, important and gripping--a story that stays with you. Whether you are a fan of YA or not, you should pick this one up.
Tatiana
After reading With the Fire on High and finding it thoroughly underwhelming I started to doubt my memory of how good The Poet X actually was. But no, The Poet X is outstanding and miles ahead of Acevedo's sophomore work. For such a short book, it is infinitely rich in emotion and passion. You MUST listen to it read by the author.

This time I want to give it 5 stars, but again I can't get over how positive and unrealistically forgiving the ending is.

Well, ok. 4.5 stars it is...

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Printz
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Hannah Greendale
Unpopular opinion alert!

The Poet X explores several important topics with a feather-touch: body shaming (Word!), the anti-feminist foundations of organized religion (Yas, girl! Preach!), and the grueling lack of autonomy most people suffer in high school when adulthood is longed for but just out of reach (Omg, same!). Unfortunately, Xiomara's story is peripheral, hasty, and occasionally lacks a sense of synchronicity between its chapters.

In the opening pages, fifteen-year-old Xiomara laments
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Christy
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

Poet X is lyrical, deep, and meaningful. I loved the way this book was written. It had a fantastic flow, the poetry was poignant, and Xiomara's voice and character really shined through.

This is a story about a teenage girl who lives in Harlem. She lives with her twin brother, her father, and an overly religious mother. Xiomara isn't allowed to have a voice in that house. Her mother wants her to be close to a god she's not sure she believes in and feels that should be the focus of her
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Laurie Anderson
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!
C.G. Drews
I knew I'd love this one!! I just needed !! to hurry up !! and read it. (Wow I am just so behind on so many releases.) This was so heartfelt and emotional, I just truly felt my soul flooded with feelings, hopeful ones and hurt ones. It's the kind of book that can brilliantly draw you in and paint you a whole world of feelings with just a few lines. The author is a master with words and these skills...I just. It's such a good book.

I didn't realise this was going to be an exploration of religion
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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4 Stars

“And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.”


15-year old Xiomara lives in a world where her mother controls her life at home and society tries to limit her elsewhere. But Xiomara will not be silenced. She discovers the world of slam poetry and finds her voice.

The whole story is written in verse, and I found the audiobook particularly powerful, as Xiomara uses her poetry to articulate and fight against the daily injustice in
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˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗
“the ultimate actress because i’m always pretending, pretending i’m blind, pretending i’m fine; i should win an oscar i do it so well.”

what an EXPERIENCE. going into this, i was really unsure of what to expect. i have never read a book in verse before and chose to go with the audiobook because i have read a book narrated by elizabeth acevedo before and her narration was, yet again, absolutely fantastic. listening to her reading her own words out loud made me feel so incredibly emotional in a
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Imane
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
“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?”
― Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X


3/5
This was really powerful and moving, however I just couldn't connect with Xiomara and was at times, frustrated with her.

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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
4.5 stars

Ashley Nuckles
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sooo good. SO good. And the poetry was beautiful! I’d read anything by Elizabeth Acevedo.
may ➹
wow this book COMPLETELY blew me away

I’m a huge fan of poetry (whether it be slam or otherwise), and I had a feeling this would be a great book. I wasn’t expecting an emotion-packed, gut-wrenching, hard-hitting story like this. I think this is such an IMPORTANT book today; it’s from the perspective of a Dominican fat teen, it shows just how powerful words are whether they break or heal you, and it discusses all different types of relationships and learning to climb back up when everything (or
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Gabby
Just finished the audiobook today (which was great by the way, one of the best I’ve ever listened to) and this book is incredible. It’s told in verse and it’s a gorgeous story about a girl Xiomara discovering slam poetry and falling in love with it. The audiobook is narrated by the author herself and she has so much passion in her voice it honestly gave me chills so many times. This book also tackles some sensitive but important topics like sexual harassment, religion, sexuality, family, and ...more
Mari
4.5 stars

I am overwhelmed right now, thinking of all the ways I saw myself, my family and my growing up experience reflected in these words. I could cry thinking of the ways this story explored being trapped in a body subjected to male gaze, the gulf that must be crossed between immigrants and their children, about inherited religion, and about growing up.

This is a story that crept up on me. It took me a while to settle into the style, especially because the beginning snippets introduced more
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Kate (GirlReading)
This was absolutely stunning. I absolutely adored the way Elizabeth Acevedo writes. It was incredibly powerful and honest and the characters she created were so personable, especially Xiomara. I found myself rooting for her from the first page onwards and essentially finished this book in one sitting, it was far too addictive and moving to put down. I’ve not read many books written in verse but it was by far my favourite. The story flowed flawlessly and was so easy to follow and connect to. ...more
alana ♡
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
“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?”

First, I need to thank my book twinny, Amanda, over at Classy x Book Reviews for yelling at me to pick this up everyday until I did. I shouldn't even be surprised that we both adored this book since we basically love anything that makes us want to scream and cry. Make sure you check out here review HERE.Second, when,not if you're going to read this (because y'all
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Lisa
Carnegie Medal 2019 is a killer poem!

I fought with my daughter over the right to read it first, and after winning, and reading it in one go, I can't help seeing some irony in that. What mothers do to daughters, mostly to protect them, is a harsh poem to perform. I wish I hadn't won, for now I have to decide whether my daughter is old enough at 13 to face the pain of being almost 16, and at odds with everything family tradition considers holy.

I am sparing my daughter and my sons the trauma of
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ALet
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
The Reading Rush day 1: Read a book in the same spot the entire time.

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The Poet X is a beloved novel, but sadly it hadn’t the same impact for me. I totally see why people love this book so much, but I didn’t feel the connection with the characters or the plot. Writing style chose was definitely interesting and made the story more live and unique, but sadly because of the style story for me felt very rushed.

I see that this book can be very impactful for the right person, but sadly that person
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and Cilip Carnegie Medal....
DESERVING of every award offered!

Debut author Elizabeth Acevedo began writing this story when she was an 8th grade English teacher - in 2012 - a teacher in Maryland.
Acevedo says....”My students were 90% Latino. And I realized that all the stories I have been telling in class and these poems I had been writing didn’t necessarily end up on their bookshelves”.

“The Poet X, follows Xiomara, a young girl in Harlem who
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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's ...more
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“And I think about all the things we could be
if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.”
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“I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.” 86 likes
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