The Poet X by Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

byElizabeth Acevedo

Hardcover | March 6, 2018

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A National Book Award Longlist title!

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

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. But she still 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.

“Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice.” —Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation

“An incredibly potent debut.” Jason Reynolds, author of the National Book Award Finalist Ghost

“Acevedo has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero.” Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street

Title:The Poet XFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062662805

ISBN - 13:9780062662804


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written This book was amazing. I plan on reading this book over and over.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review on GR! Mini review: DNF Trigger warning: Slut-shaming, body shaming, and abusive parent. Up till the point I read. GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge Poet at Heart. This book was read during Jude the epic readers read-a-thon. With how much praise The Poet X has been receiving I expected so much more. The format was a bit odd even for a poem collection. By the time I got used to it I was already bored. While I empathized with the main character I couldn’t really connect to her. And I simply stopped caring. Some of the poems were good and did hit the spot. Her (MC) thoughts and points were relatable. I did really feel for her. But it wasn’t enough. Overall this wasn’t for me. I do recommend it as I think it’s just a personal thing.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and powerful Such a powerful book about the importance of finding your voice, and the way in which adults can silence or empower young people. I loved it.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving Raw. Emotional. Moving. Complicated. Hopeful. Diverse. Realistic. I loved it.
Date published: 2018-03-16

Editorial Reviews

The Poet X is beautiful and true—a splendid debut.”