a moving novel // THE POET X REVIEW

TITLE:  The Poet X

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Acevedo

RATING: ★★★★

TRIGGER WARNING: a lot of strict religious people and talks.

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: A contemporary told in poems. Contemporary/Poetry



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
The poet x is a book full of powerful lines, and heartbreaking scenes.
This is a Ya novel told in verse, aka, told in the form of poetry. And oh my god does it do this so damn beautifully. I found myself amazed at the powerful lines. And crying st the ending of this. The form that the author chose to write this in, really makes the novel.
This follows Xiomara who is a young girl from a highly religious family. She wants to preform her poetry, and kiss a boy. But those are sins and she has been put in a small box for too long.
It’s full of sad moments, where you want to hug X, or moments where you wish someone would intervene in her family life for her. But no matter the scene, this book makes you feel things.
Overall I fell in love with the characters and the ending was so beautiful that I just felt that these characters would finally get their own happy endings, no matter how hard that would be for them.
I was left awed by this book and a part of me really wishes I had the talent to do this.
Until next time,

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