The writing is absolutely beautiful. The author narrates the audio book and it‘s stunning.
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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Cover Design by Erin Fitzsimmon
Poet X is a great read, and I read it way too fast.
X finds herself in the poetry she writes and the relationship she begins to forge with her lab partner, beginning to discover more to herself beyond daughter and sister. Unfortunately when her mother discovers her writing it becomes a point of contention between them and X has to overcome to share herself and her truths.
#poetx #youngadult #elizabethacevedo
This is a book everyone should read. It has something for everyone - race, sexuality, family, bullying. Xiomara (see-oh-MAH-ruh) is from the Dominic Republic and lives with a very strict mom, a father who lives there but doesn't parent, and her twin brother Xavier. She's struggling with her own identity which her mom takes as outward defiance.
I finished this one a couple days ago. I almost never read poetry so I didn't know how I would feel about this one. But I loved it! This book gave me all the feels and my heart broke for Xiomara. She was just trying to figure out how to be a teenager with having a very strict mom who felt her way of thinking was the only way. Elizabeth Acevedo is now an auto buy author for me!
The Poet X is a YA novel told in verse by a slam poet about a blossoming poet. It‘s all the great things about YA: coming of age, finding your voice, first love; but so much more. Race, religion, family, LGBTQ, and just flat out great writing. For everyone who loves great writing, not just teens. But if you have a teen, or know a teen, pleas recommend it.
If you haven‘t yet, you should read this book.
If you love audiobooks or you want to fall in love with audiobooks, you should read this book.
If you have ever had a complicated relationship with a parent, you should read this book.
Everyone, of you haven‘t already, you WANT to read this book.
It‘s beautiful and raw and smart and has ALL the feelings.
It was the first book I read for #BFCr3. #TeamFitLit
I was wowed by this book! It felt very authentic and powerful.Pulls out so much emotion and thought.Xiomara is in the tricky times of adolescence. She discovers her voice in the wonderful poems she writes,it‘s hard after that to compromise.The fears , the joys, the heartbreaks and a mother‘s tough standards all are in play here.Highly Recommended!
This book is crammed with so many feelings. I think it describes so perfectly and painfully what it‘s like growing up, feeling boxed in, questioning, finding yourself, and finding your words—speaking your truth. I like the themes around religion, spirituality, guilt, and shame. I wish I had this book growing up. I will buy it for my daughter.
“When your body takes up more room than your voice you are always the target of well-aimed rumors...”
Already posted about it, but here's another post, because this book deserves it. Best book I read this weekend for the #24in48 readathon. Anybody who's thinking about picking it up, I wholeheartedly suggest the audiobook, the author is so passionate when narrating, it's a wonderful experience.
This was so so good. I doubt that I could enjoy it as much if I weren't listening to the audiobook because I was able to hear the author's words the way she intended them to be heard. I loved every second of it, it was brilliant. Also it's my first finished book for the #24in48 readathon.
I hate how this cover was plagiarized but dang the story was so well written it still gets a top tier rating from me. Acevedo is a phenomenal author and I am excited for her evolution.
This kinda sucks. Have not read this highly rated book. https://bookriot.com/2019/07/05/plagiarized-book-cover/
After attending her first poetry slam, the 16-year-old protagonist of this book thinks, “It was just a poem, Xiomara. But it felt more like a gift.“
That's how I feel about “The Poet X.“ What a gift! In lush & vivid verse, X explores intimate subjects: sexuality, religion, race, culture, gender, & family. While her life as a Dominican American differs from mine, her doubts about God & the patriarchy of religion echo my heart's own experience.
This short novel was gorgeous. It was only 3.5 hours on audio and left me wanting more of this beautiful, spoken lyrical writing told from the perspective of 15 year old Xiomara writing in her journal about her experiences growing up in conservative household with immigrant parents and stretching her wings to fly. Highly recommend.
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Looking for new YA audiobook recommendations!
Oh wow 😮 article: https://bookriot.com/2019/07/05/plagiarized-book-cover/
Xiomara on religion, the sacrament of confirmation, & freedom of choice (or the lack of it):
“I touch my tongue to the word volition,
like it‘s a fruit I‘ve never tasted
that‘s already gone sour in my mouth.”
Pictured: me at 16 with my favorite aunt on the day of my confirmation. Note: my total lack of eyebrows. Hey, 2002. 💁♀️💅 Also, she‘d be horrified by my choice of background. It‘s tongue in cheek (I‘m neither Catholic nor a Satanist). 😅
This was really good! I like when YA books feel real, and this one did. I am not sure I loved the novel in verse format (some of the verses seemed not that poetic.. just telling a story) but it made for a quick read. My only other complaint is that the resolution felt unnaturally rushed. The major conflict happened only about 40 (short) pages from the end of the book and then everything just got tied up nicely.
"And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them."
Wow. This was so good! Amazing storytelling through poems. It's not something I'd usually pick up but I am SO glad I did.
Well deserved! We actually just talked about this book of verse in this month‘s podcast episode! Article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/18/carnegie-medal-first-writer-of-col...
@Clwojick here‘s my girl Sietje in her favorite sleeping pose. 😂
I loved The Poet X on audio. If you haven‘t heard it yet I‘d recommend it. I love hearing the poetry in the author‘s voice. It‘s not a book of poetry- but the main character writes. 💕👍
I liked this a lot. It really had a good feel for expressive teens and I loved the diversity. I can feel all the passion behind the main characters feelings.
Wow! I devoured these verses. The poetry was beautiful and Elizabeth Acevedo's voice shines through as very powerful and genuine. The book reminded me of how I wrote angry poetry when I was a teenager as a coping mechanism. It made all the difference. The questions Xiomara has about theology are the same kind I grappled with. It made me feel understood. I did think things wrapped up a little too neatly at the end.
This poem shook me. This is the point that I got super sucked into the book and ended up staying up late to finish it. Acevedo's poetry gives Xiomara an incredible voice in a powerful coming of age story. I don't remember the last time I was so moved by a book - I cried at the end (literal tears) and I NEVER cry at books. The closest I ever got was the beginning of Harry Potter 7. This one had me weeping by the end due to its beauty. 5+🌟
There were massive storms including a small tornado in our area last night 😣 and the same weather is supposed to repeat tonight so I quickly ran and grabbed some supplies for camping out in my bathroom yet again (our only tornado shelter) before the storms start #bookhaul #litsyloveslibraries #stormyweather
I am blown away by how much Acevedo packs into this novel in verse. Doubt, faith, religion, gender, race, finding your voice, poetry, first love, family, fraught mother-daughter relationships...and the intersection of all the above. This is a powerful, powerful book and I‘d highly recommend it. I listened to it on audio, and would highly recommend that format as well!
Book # 3 completed (last week) for the #bookfitnesschallenge.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
I love this quote, because even though it‘s not about poetry, it IS about poetry. It‘s about any of the words that bring us together & how we can form a home in them....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. Isn‘t that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.