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!Read Epub ¸ The Poet X ¸ 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 AcevedoXiomara 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 talkingBut 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 herselfSo 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 poemsBecause in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent 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 ab 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 about Xiomara s struggles with her religion and relationship with her mother because it felt authentic I was engaged with her growth because it is one that reflects the lives of so many women and comes from a real place.The reason why I m not committing to a full 5 stars is because I felt the ending was rushed in a way that seemed jarring Acevedo did such a great job building up Xiomara s internal conflicts throughout the story that it felt strange to have them so quickly resolved at the end, wrapping it up in a neat little bowtie and lessening the nuance of the book The book feels so realistic that it doesn t feel quite right to me that it would abandon that realism by having the conflicts suddenly tied up neatly I think a happy ending could still be achieved without such a narrative leap, even if it s just Xiomara coming to terms with the power of her voice Despite that, this is still a fantastic book that I d recommend any young girl to read ThePoetX was so beautiful that I didn t want to highlight it or dog ear pages, so I just took pictures basically every pageThis was the type of book where I ll just do 50 pages turned into finishing it in 2 readsI 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 Lo ThePoetX was so beautiful that I didn t want to highlight it or dog ear pages, so I just took pictures basically every pageThis was the type of book where I ll just do 50 pages turned into finishing it in 2 readsI 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 Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds as a kid, I wouldn t have taken me until the age of 17 to realize I loved reading and writingCan t say enough good things about these books, everyone should pre order and read it It s out 3 6 18 And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them4 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 AcAnd I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them4 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 Acevedo should most definitely continue writing poetry as it seems to be where she excels, and it comes as no surprise to hear she had a background in poetry slams Xiomara s voice felt so real, so vulnerable and painfully honest as she talks about growing up as a curvy girl in Harlem the whispers of cuero follow her around even before she s even had chance to figure out her own sexuality.The Poet X is a bildungsroman, of sorts, about a girl becoming aware of her own body and sexuality This takes her through a complex range of emotions desire, shame, fear, anger, doubt, and pleasure, all rendered beautifully and effectively on the page Religion also plays a huge part Xiomara clashes with her devout mother and this leads to some truly horrifying parts of the story In fact, I think the only downside was the way this was resolved Certain things seemed too neat for my tastes and certain people seemed to change quickly in a way that wasn t quite believable to me view spoiler her mom goes from making her kneel in rice and pray to the Virgin Mary to suddenly allowing her boyfriend over Hard to believe even with the intervention of the priest hide spoiler I was glad, though, that the author took some steps towards portraying her mother asthan some stereotypical crazy religious harpy On a side note this type of character fascinates me the woman who loves her godthan her children She s appeared in everything from coming of age tales like this one to horror stories like Carrie I don t understand her, but I would like to read a book from her perspective I imagine it would take a brave author to attempt to humanize her I wonder if it would be successful This free verse, non rhyming style of poetry is hit and miss for me Many times I am left feeling as if I ve just read chopped up prose or a selection of tumblr quotes, and I can t quite understand why they bother writing it as poetry at all This was not one of those cases Acevedo creates very powerful scenes and moments with this style, that I think might have been lost in a regular prose novel The short, sharp, hard hitting nature of the poems made each one a knife into my heart I mean that in a good way.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube 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 harassmentI would HIGHLY recommend the audio version of this novel I don t have an experience with the physical 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 harassmentI would HIGHLY recommend the audio version of this novel I don t have an experience with the physical novel to compare it to, but Elizabeth Acevedo does a fantastic job of performing her novel The passion for her writing and the power behind her words comes through so strongly by listening Plus, it s only about 4 hours and is extremely easy to fall into You will DEVOUR this audiobook.The writing is INCREDIBLE I know nothing about poetry and sentence structure in verse, but I KNOW Elizabeth Acevedo is a master Her syntax is inhumanely perfect, every word carefully chosen and placed where it is meant to be I m genuinely shocked this is a debut as the author appears so competent and experienced in her craft If you are yearning for a story with beautiful writing and a memorable voice, The Poet X absolutely needs to be on your list.I was really shocked with how much I resonated with this novel Xiomara s story deals with endless important topics, from dealing with sexism to questioning her faith as well as coping with her difficult family life and exploring her own identity I went into this novel expecting to read a story about someone very different from myself a Dominican teen with a twin brother who comes from a very strict, religious household but came away relating to Xiomara in a way I have not connected with a character in a while I felt so heard in the way Xiomara expresses her experience as a girl, not only in how she receives so much unwanted attention and objectification, but also in how she learns to recognize her value and take pride in herself I love watching girls know their worth and finally lay claim to the space they are entitled to take up in this world, physically and emotionally I m taken aback with how accurately this story spoke to me, but I m also leaving this story so empowered The Poet X was an enchanting story about what it means to be a girl, a sister, a daughter, but most importantly, what it means to be your own individual person Xiomara is immensely creative, talented, likeable, and relatable She has a story to tell that you won t want to miss I don t think I would consider this an absolute favorite of mine, but it is an amazing story that I d recommend to absolutely anyone