Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! Today I have a few things planned, which mostly consist of updating my planner spread for next week in my new Erin Condren! But also planning some blog posts for the week ahead. I’ve also been trying to participate in the #stayhomereadingrush and I’ve been doing pretty okay with it. Today is the last day of the mini reading marathon, so I am hoping to push through and finish a couple of books I’ve been meaning to wrap up on.
I thought I would review one of my 5 star reads from this year. I loved this book, and it makes me really excited to continue on reading other things of Acevedo’s. I thought it was really a positive story and covered a lot of difficult topics that we don’t really see that much of in books. Let’s dive into the review!
The Poet X
Genre(s): Contemporary, Poetry, Fiction
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
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.
- Elizabeth Acevedo narrates the story – I loved that the author was the narrator for their own story. I don’t think just any voice actor could pull off reading a book like this and pull off the voice that Acevedo had while writing this. She is a beautiful narrator and I hope she does more audio books in the future.
- Really Heartfelt
- Tackles issues in a good way – There were a ton of issues tackled in The Poet X like religion, young love, parent and child issues, gay/religious issues… and honestly I thought they were handled in a very good way! I know that this is not some out of this world issue, this is a common issue that I feel like a lot of young adults go through today. Questioning religion and whether they want to be apart of it, questioning their parents values and whether they agree with their ideologies or not. She really tackled these difficult topics in a good way.
- The quotes – There were so many memorable quotes in this book, but the one that really stood out to me was ‘“Burn it! Burn it. This is where the poems are,” I say, thumping a fist against my chest. “Will you burn me? Will you burn me, too?”’. It really was powerful to read and made me feel deeply about what was being said.
- Twin’s relationship with Cody – I loved the little LGBTQ+ rep in this book. Not only was Xiomara going against her family and their religion, but Twin was as well and when we kind of found that out, it was definitely an eye opening moment that Xiomara was definitely not in this alone.
- Was the relationship necessary? – Honestly, I thought the relationship in this book was not necessary. I understand how it caused the whole issue between her and her mother and created the main conflict, but I feel like Xiomara just challenging the religion and her mother as a whole would have been enough to have driven the story. It just didn’t really help my reading experience at all and I kind of wished maybe instead of a love interest, he could have been more as a friend.
I would definitely recommend The Poet X. 100% yes if you love poetry, but even if you aren’t that big into poetry it is an amazing read. I am not that big into poetry and I obviously still found this amazing.