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The Poet X

The Poet X


The Poet X

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Lansat:
6 mar. 2018
ISBN:
9780062822482
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Packs a punch…

First-generation Dominican American Xiomara Batista is trying to grapple with gender and race and religion and sexuality and parents who think of her as trouble. Written in verse, every vignette packs a punch, every image painted is so vivid.

Descriere

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing #ownvoices 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.

Lansat:
6 mar. 2018
ISBN:
9780062822482
Format:
Carte audio

Despre autor

Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X—which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award—as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.


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  • (5/5)
    Xiomara Batista doesn't seem to fit in her life. A Dominican American, she clashes with her ultra religious mother and pushes others away with her fierceness and fists. Her notebook is her life: her poetry that speaks for her. The Poet X is a powerful narrative of a young woman coming into her personal strength and changing the world for herself and her family.
  • (5/5)
    This is the first verse novel that I have read this year. Every page makes me want to nod my head to show how every part seems relatable or somehow understandable to me. Sometimes, I feel like I’m reading a part of my life through this book, and I feel nostalgic about how some words reminds me of some happy and hurtful past. In this book, you will discover how Xiomara was raised by a family who imposed strict rules and sees religion a vital part of their life. How every move of her has bad feedbacks from her mother. How she can’t freely do something, she wanted. How writing saves her from hating her life because it is what will change her life since she discovers the slam poetry club.I admire how the author makes me like this novel. I have read a solid and moving read. There is something to learn about her in every turn of the pages. Something to learn not just about herself but also about the family she lived with, the people around her, and the issues that until now still exist. After reading it, I agree that her experiences really do happen, but some were only ignored or not entirely taken seriously by some people. This book also discusses in-depth topics that everyone should be aware of.The way it was written added more enjoyable moment for me to read it. Unlike the traditional way of writing stories, this one was written in poetry style. So, the time it took me to finish, this is only a few hours. But! In that few hours, every part of this book gives a significant impact on me, especially I, somehow, relate to her story. Also, when I was reading it, it was like someone was just telling me their stories as if that talking person is in front of me.This is really a great read, I’m telling you. I really recommend that you read this if you want to know or to feel what I experienced in reading this book. If you are a woman, read this. If you are someone who grew up in a strict and religion-centered family, you better have a copy of this book. And if you happen to become intrigued by this book, then you really should have this as your next read.Disclaimer: I received an advanced readers copy of this book from HarperCollins through Karina of Afire Pages.
  • (4/5)
    Xiomara is a character many teenagers will relate to. She's weak and strong, confident and perplexed, happy and sad. These juxtapositions add to her character and make her seem real. The verse style of writing fits perfectly. Excellent YA!
  • (5/5)
    I decided to bump this book up on my tbr pile because I discovered that it featured a black Latina. I think that kind of representation is important because colorism is so evident in every part of the world. In Latin America most entertainment leads are light skinned and have lightened and keratin treated soft hair leaving our darker skinned cousins without representation.Xiomara is a 15 year old Dominican American girl living in Harlem. She has a religious mother, an absent father, and a twin named Xavier that she affectionately refers to as “Twin”. Through her poems we see her true feelings about religion, sex, family, and growing up. A young Afro-Latina is given a voice through words and although it takes about 30 seconds to read each page, they’re all full of life. I’m inspired by these types of stories. Sometimes you want beautiful passages describing a neighborhood but other times you need something straight to the point. In few words I enjoy reading between the lines and imagining Xiomara’s life. I highly recommend this story for anyone wanting a glimpse of what it is like to be a biracial teenager in a religous household.
  • (5/5)
    A fabulous and fabulously-told story in free verse of Xiomara, a Dominican American teen trying to find her voice as a poet, trying to find her way through her first relationship with a boy, working through her resistance to confirmation classes and her mother's strict faith, and figuring out how to show her twin brother her support as he negotiates his own issues with their strict family and his identity.This Printz Award winner absolutely deserves the honor. It's an important story and I love that such a character is given a strong voice. I hope that tons of high school students get this one in their hands.
  • (5/5)
    Phenomenal! This book should be listened to! A young woman comes of age through her poetry and living life. The prose and poetry are powerful, evocative, and speak to being human, to coming of age, and to the struggles of identity development. "There is power in the word"!!!
  • (5/5)
    This YA novel written in blank verse is a gem.Ninth grader Xiomara is a first generation Dominican American living in Harlem. Her mother is a strict Catholic and wants Xiomara to be that way too – but Xiomara has too many questions about God to be allowed to be confirmed with her other classmates.Her body is becoming curvacious, but her mother has mandated no dating until after college. How can her friendship with her bio partner be wrong?Her closest ally in the family is her twin brother. He's also grappling with his sexuality, but he understands Xiomara in a way no one else in his family can. He buys her a special leather bound journal to write her thoughts – which often take the form of poems. And then she is invited to join the school poetry club which once again, causes conflict with her confirmation classes.A great coming of age story as Xiomara 'The Poet X' stretches her wings to learn who she is and what is truly important to her.
  • (5/5)
    Teen poet Xiomara grapples with first love, questioning faith, and her fraught relationship with her mother.I almost gave up on this book early on. The angst was nearly too much for me. However, I gave the book a second chance, and I’m glad I did. Xiomara is a character who really struggles and earns the things she accomplishes by the end of the book. There’s a lot of powerful, raw emotion here. Recommended.
  • (5/5)
    Xiomara writes in her journal, her poems and thoughts that she doesn't dare say allowed to her mother, especially. Her mother is deeply religious and wants Xiomara to be confirmed - but she isn't sure what she believes, and doesn't feel heard. In her notebook, however, she can speak all the thoughts she can't say aloud.This free verse novel is really powerful, and I can definitely see why it's won the awards and acclaim it has. Xiomara's character really blooms her freshman year of high school, as her poems cover September to January, very much focusing on a new beginning for her and her family. It's a fast read, but there's so much from family ties to religion to first love and everything in between. Xiomara's voice is beautiful, and I guarantee you will cheer her on in her journey.
  • (4/5)
    The Poet X is an excellent YA novel written in easy-to-read free verse. Xiomara Batista ("X") is making her way through adolescence in a Harlem high school. She has a very strict Catholic mother who may be "do as I say, not as I did." X doesn't tolerate unwelcome lotharios or meanness, and sometimes has to stick up for her gentle, smart twin brother. I loved her questioning of her Catholic faith and the patriarchy impressed on her, even if her mother doesn't. X is studying for her confirmation while filled with uncertainties, and has a romance blossoming with a science partner that must be kept hidden from her parents. X loves to write poetry, and yearns to join the school's slam poetry team - which meets at the same time as confirmation class."“The world is almost peaceful when you stop trying to understand it.”“My brother was born a soft whistle:quiet, barely stirring the air, a gentle sound.But I was born all the hurricane he neededto lift - and drop- those that hurt him to the ground.”“Maybe, the only thing that has to make senseabout being somebody's friendis that you help them be their best selfon any given day. That you give them a homewhen they don't want to be in their own.”The author is a successful slam poet herself, and the writing here is easy and natural. This is about a girl struggling to find herself and her way, ready to do battle to make that happen. Because this is a YA book, the ending perhaps is a bit neater and more upbeat than it might have been. X will keep you racing through the pages and pulling for her to make it.bbbbbbb.
  • (4/5)
    The Poet XiomaraReview of the 2018 hardcover edition from HarperTeenYoung adult fiction.Beautifully written down,By the Poet X.
  • (4/5)
    The Poet X is the first generation daughter of Dominican immigrants. Xiomara has endured life in her Harlem neighborhood by developing a sharp tongue to protect herself from unwanted attention. As she navigates the first months of grade ten, and her first boyfriend, Xiomara is increasingly in conflict with her pious and judgmental mother. When a teacher encourages Xiomara to express herself by sharing her poetry, she abandons her desire to be invisible and discovers the power of having her voice heard – especially by the people who matter the most. If you have been meaning to try a book in verse, this would be a good place to start. Head over to acevedowrites.com to check out more of the author’s Award Winning Poetics.
  • (4/5)
    Xiomara is trying to be a good girl but her body, suddenly curvaceous and teaming with hormones, feels otherwise. She is a first generation American, born in the Dominican Republic, and struggles to find a balance between her old-world parents and sudden new-world demands. She finally starts confirmation class but is questioning the Catholic Church. She is forbidden to date boys yet develops feelings for her lab partner and they sneak off for casual dates. Her mother seems tyrannical and her father is silent. Her twin, a certifiable genius unlike Xio, has a big secret of his own. Xio is trying to control her temper (after all, she was born feet first, ready to fight) with words. Her English teacher turns her on to Def Jam Poetry and, finally, Xiomara finds her voice. A beautifully written novel in verse with a powerful message of the power of poetry.
  • (5/5)
    Xioamara finds her voice through poetry in this novel in verse. The audio was amazing, read by the author and the poetry moving. There are family conflicts, first love, culture and religion struggles, and the bravery of sharing ones story.
  • (5/5)
    I received an Early Reviewers copy of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo from LibraryThing. This is a novel powerfully written in verse. The beginning was a little slow for me, but at about the halfway point, it hooked me and I finished it in one day. It’s definitely YA, but if you spend/have spent any time with teenage girls and/or remember being a teenage girl, you will appreciate it. I teach high school ESL, and this is definitely going on my wish list for a classroom set.
  • (5/5)
    "I will neverwrite a singlepoemever again.I will neverlet anyonesee my full heartand destroy it."Wow. Where was this book when I was in high school? I needed this book back then and I am so glad that it exists today. "I am unhide-able....Which is why I learned to shrug when my name was replaced by insults.I've forced my skin just as thick as I am."This was utterly amazing. Told in verse, it doesn’t shy away from the confusion and emotions of being a teenage girl, particularly one raised in a strict religious family who doesn’t quiet fit in with them. Xiomara is the child of immigrants and developed early physically. She struggles to find her place and her identity in her home, in school, in the world. I absolutely loved how real and raw she was."Just because your father's presetdoesn't mean he isn't absent."I wished I highlighted books because I stopped so often to write down or take a picture of a page. I would have highlighted this whole book if I could. It was that good. "The world is almost peacefulwhen you stop tryingto understand it."This has been on my radar for a while and I was lucky to get a copy from LibraryThing.
  • (5/5)
    The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a novel in verse about a young Afro-Latina named Xiomara who lives in Harlem and is uncomfortable in her curvy new body. With this new body she cannot hide and has to protect herself. One of the ways that she hides her feelings is writing poetry, but she hides this, until she becomes a part of a slam poetry club and things change drastically. This is a beautifully written book that shows the power of a young lady and how strength can pull you up.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful book. Xiomara's strict mother doesn't approve of or understand her. Boys make comments about her body. She secretly falls for her lab partner. Her perfect brother has secrets of her own. The poetry that she writes, in which she pours out her innermost thoughts, must be hidden from her mother.
  • (5/5)
    I was so excited to get my hands on this.And lord did it live up to the hype.It is at once a love letter to growing up and a filing of a complaint against a world that forces growing up onto girls.Acevedo's lyrical writing is the perfect format for her heroine, X, as she navigates family, friends, faith, and her own true self.Even though we had different experiences in our formative years, X's struggles resonated deeply with me which I think is a testament both to the magic of the book and the systemic suffocation girls and women face when it comes to finding our voices and our bodies.I was both excited and a little nervous about the poetry format but it flows and fits so well that I can't think of this story told any other wat. It delivers an otherwise good book as a really powerful punch.If you haven't read this, please, oh, please, do so.
  • (5/5)
    Xiomara is from a Dominican immigrant family. Her mother is extremely religious, and wants Xiomara to grow up in her mold. But Xiomara has her own throughts and since they are not to be expressed at home, she confides them in poetry in a writing journal. The chance to join a poetry club at school and perform in a slam excite her, but she can't let her mother know.
  • (5/5)
    An absolute triumph. The poetry is exquisite, powerful, nuanced, and timely. The story unfolds so delicately, but is so engrossing. I couldn't put it down. This was unlike anything I've ever read. I'm out of compliments. Loved it
  • (5/5)
    It reminded me of the undying love i have for poetry! Thank you for this beautiful collection and story!
  • (5/5)
    I don’t know why I am surprised by how much I loved this gripping, raw, empowering, stunning little book! The author reads it with such an absorbing passion that she had me tearing up more than once. It’s an incredibly moving and much needed #ownvoices novel!
  • (5/5)
    the book I've been craving to read and more. I have been looking for a book that would inspire me and this was it.
  • (5/5)
    A escrita de Elizabeth Acevedo carrega força, e sua narração potencializa essa força. A história de Xiomara me lembrou as histórias da Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. As duas autoras escrevem sobre a dor, sobre o silenciamento, sobre o fortalecimento e sobre o amor de forma única e bela. The Poet X é um livro singular que retrata os percalços de uma garota descobrindo suas potencialidades mas que tem sua liberdade e descoberta privadas desde sempre. Dificilmente alguma mulher não se sentiu assim em algum momento da vida.
  • (4/5)
    If I could give half stars this would be a 3.5 for me. Which is not a bad rating. I enjoyed this book. The first half was a solid 3. The second half was a solid 4 and at times brought tears to my eyes. I’m not a lover of poetry, which is funny considering I spent a few years of my younger life obsessed with writing it. I just fell away from it.. but poetry that tells a story is a different thing and this main character is strong, resilient, and has an important story to tell. I think many girls/boys will find this story empowering and for that it deserves all the praise!
  • (5/5)
    this was such a great experience, I loved it a lot.
  • (5/5)
    Before I started this book, the last time I had to literally hold back sobs reading a book was a long time ago. Now, just ten minutes ago. Highly highly recommend it to everyone, especially young girls. Read it. It's really that good.
  • (5/5)
    It feel like my youth in NYC. Great job Liz ??
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written. Her words Magical her voice so soothing.