May 2, 2018

Poet X


"That love can be a band:
tears if you pull it too hard,
but also flexible enough
to stretch around the most chaotic mass." ~ pg. 340

Xiomara Batista feels unheard but always seen. Ever since her body grew into curves, she gets unwarranted attention from guys and very strict parenting from her religious mother. Instead of letting her fists do the talking, Xiomara releases her thoughts, passion, and opinions into a leather journal. When Xiomara's teacher invites her to join the slam poetry club, she takes a leap of faith. Going behind her mother's almighty back, Xiomara can't help but enjoy performing her poems. This young girl in Harlem refuses to be silent.

Bookhearts, I dare not give too much away with Poet X. Just know the cover is flawless. The premise is touching. The story is the definition of coming-of-age. And the main character...le sigh...is a young girl that you just want to reach through the pages and hug. It is simply beautiful prose.

I am adding Poet X to the recommended reading list for the next group of gifted and talented high school kids I mentor. Oh, we will have a discussion about this!

Title: Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Published: March 2018
Pages: 357
Edition: Hardcover
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