The Poet X

The Poet X

A Novel

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Harlem. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062662804
Branch Call Number: YA FIC ACEVE
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 22 cm

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St_James
Jan 13, 2019

Awesome! How to transform!

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crayolabee
Jan 10, 2019

As a rule, I don't love novels in verse. They don't make sense to me and rarely do I understand why this story must be told so abstractly instead of in a straightforward way. But one way to quickly get past that is for the book to tell the story of a poet, which instantly makes the poetry relatable instead of a barrier.

And this one, oh man, I had no idea it would hit me with such feels. A book in verse has never managed to make me cry before. It helps that I am, like Xiomara, a nonconforming Catholic who questions a lot of teachings. But I'm white, and not at all a slam poet (or any kind of poet), and I still found myself feeling all the feels.

Hand to anyone feeling rebellious, lost, questioning, and needing to find their own voice.

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bookishmutant
Jan 05, 2019

Normally, I’m not one for novels in verse. What I’ve read, I’ve usually liked, but it’s not my go-to genre. After lots of EpicReads browsing and convincing from a friend, I decided to go ahead and read it.

And?

WOW. This is probably the best novel in verse that I’ve read in a long time, if not ever. Incredibly powerful, deeply moving, and beautifully written. “The Poet X” is a great example of people successfully taking pain and weaving it into something beautiful, something tangible. It’s things like this that I admire not just in authors, but in artists, too. Xiomara is such a strong and fierce character, and I loved her tenacity and her ability to craft her inner struggles into works of art that really tugged at my heartstrings. Beyond that, beneath her tough exterior, she’s an incredibly caring person, especially came to Xavier. I loved all of their interactions; even though I don’t have a twin myself, I understood that connection, that siblingly tie that some have, always having each other’s backs. I especially loved Xiomara’s gift to Xavier on his birthday (the issue of X-Men), and it was so sweet of her to, in a semi-subtle way, that she’ll stand by him no matter what; See? this is why I adore X-Men so much. Gaaaaah.

In conclusion, “The Poet X” is absolutely stunning. Now I truly understand why it is that I haven’t seen a single bad review of it. Oh, and just a little footnote...OH MY GOD, XIOMARA AND XAVIER HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY AS DAVID BOWIE! Lucky kids...I mean, neither of them seem like the kind of people who would listen to him, but who could complain about sharing a birthday with THE GOD OF MUSIC?
Oof. There I go on one of my fangirly tangents again. Anyway, go and read this if you can.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 29, 2018

Novels in verse are, in general, Not My Thing, but there are some notable exceptions, and this one of them. This book is excellent, which is no more than you'd expect from a National Book Award winner, and if you have the opportunity to listen to it on audio, I highly recommend it -- the author reads it herself, and her voice is mesmerizing. This is a beautiful, empowering story of a girl finding her voice, and I'm so glad it exists.

TechLibrarian Dec 19, 2018

Looking for a quick, uplifting read? The Poet X is intended for Young Adult audiences but will appeal to adults as well. A novel written in verse, it made for a quick read during the busy holiday season. Moreover, it's intelligent and exciting--you'll find yourself routing for Xiomara, aka The Poet X, to overcome what stands in her way to success. I requested this book because it won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. I was not disappointed! I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have!

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Quietday
Dec 19, 2018

4.5 stars. Wow. This was great. One of those books that unexpectedly found its way into my life at precisely the right moment. So many thoughts and feelings she experiences were shared in my youth; all the teenage thoughts you are not permitted to give voice to, all the forces that try to shape you into something other than yourself. Thank you, Acevedo for reminding so many of us that we are not alone. Well done!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 18, 2018

The poet x just received the national book award for young people’s literature for good reason. An amazing verse novel with a unique look at the immigrant experience. Much love.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

Powerful. Xiomara feels everything so intensely. She has a controlling religious mother, an absent father, a quiet twin brother with his own secrets, and a best friend who is the good girl she could never be. She has a body that takes up space and attracts unwanted male attention. Ultimately she finds her tribe in the slam poetry group at her school. I'm loving YA novels written in verse lately and this girl's voice is that of a born poet, aching to burst free.

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AudreyHorne
Nov 04, 2018

I highly recommend the audiobook read by the author, who is a spoken word poet herself, to get the full and powerful spoken word experience. I don't normally gravitate toward books in verse, but this novel blew me away. Raw, real, and powerful...I would recommend this to artistic teens and adults alike.

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Tara_P
Oct 18, 2018

Xiomara is the child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic who has begun to question the limitations put on her by her mother, in particular the inflexibility of her mother's religious beliefs. Having gone through puberty much earlier that her peers, she has been sexually harassed by males and ostracized by females. But she is a fighter. She finds solace in her twin brother, her best friend, and writing poetry. With the guidance of a teacher she begins to break through her silence, her default reaction to the difficulties in her life. Written by an acclaimed spoken word poet, the story is told in verse and is quick paced and confrontational. It is a book for girls and women to revel in, but should also appeal to everyone who is trying to find their voice.

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