I know I’ve been quite not around here on my blog as it is been a month of where school ends and everything is always on fast track. That includes my college life and in between.
Anyway, I’m part of this blog tour hosted by Karina @ Afire Pages blog with HarperCollins. So, right now, I’m going to give my review about this book that I really enjoy ’til the end. I just love it.
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Disclosure: *I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and don’t mean to affect how I will read nor give my opinion about it. My opinion is mine and mine alone after reading the book. Thank you, HarperCollins for sending the book to me and to Karina @AfirePages – thank you for having me on the tour.
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.
This book is really powerful to showcase the voice of a girl who is struggling to fit her words into the world she’s living but finally, the time came and that’s how the story truly meant to be. Everything is pretty poetic – slam poems, haikus (fave spot from the book), and everything inside the book. It is so great.
It is entertaining from the start ’til the end. Though there are quite few aches, but the moment Xiomara got the voice she is hoping to experience everything changes. She’s finally been heard and sharing her works are much accomplishing. I love her character, her strong yet soft self, and her love for her brother (though she hates him, too).
Elizabeth gives the reader to look forward to. I can’t relate much as some instances don’t occur to me but don’t mean I can’t be attached to the characters especially Xiomara. This book is in verse format and the creative structures and styles of the story – well those are perfect. I couldn’t fathom how much this book moves me and understands some of the real issues in the society – in teens to be exact. But The Poet X shows how to be brave with your words and let it out to see by the world maybe that’s how they can best know of yourself.
If you are still not having a copy of this, then I swear you should have right now. Let the words of Xiomara marks into your heart and soul and
somehow love her. Love every piece she makes in her note.
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.
Prize: Win a printed copy of THE POET X by ELIZABETH ACEVEDO
Ends March 26, 2018
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|February 26||Afire Pages – Author Guest Post | Top 5 Poetry Influences|
|February 27||In Tori Lex|
|February 28||Life of A Simple Reader|
|March 1||Stay Bookish – Art|
|March 2||The Clockwork Bibliophile – Book Look|
|March 5||Pretty Little Memoirs|
|March 6||Through Prose Tinted Pages – Playlist|
|March 7||That Bookshelf Bitch|
|March 8||A Book and a Cup of Coffee – On Latinx Rep in YA|
|March 9||Book Huntress’ World|
|March 12||WOC Reads – Author Q&A|
|March 13||Descendant of Poseidon Reads|
|March 14||Dani Review Things – Favorite Slam Poetry Performance|
|March 15||The Cursed Books– Mood Board|
|March 16||Book Freak Revelations|
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