The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Book Review

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Goodreads blurb = “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.”

I got sent a copy of this book though Netgalley – which I recently have become a member of – so I want to say thank you to the publisher for sending this to me.

I loved this book so so much! It reminded me a bit of The Hate U Gave by Angie Thomas, with the way it was about a young black girl wanting to be her own person.

I thought Xiomara was such a strong and empowering female character, who really represented the need of freedom to be your own person; to have your own beliefs and make your own choices.

We take for granted our freedom of speech and our freedom to be who we want to be, as in this modern day society we have so much more choice. However – even in society today not everyone gets to have that choice due to religion, parental beliefs, cultural beliefs or many other reasons; and this book really highlights this by setting the book in a very up to date modern setting and using very popular brands and songs that are recent and easily recognised.

I love the element of poetry and how it is her only release and escape from the world and her problems. I love the way she was able to find her voice through poetry.

I love Twin, he is by far by favourite character. I love that he is gay, I have never read a book where there is a side character who is black, male and is gay; so I loved that.

Spoiler zone


When her mother gave her the bracelet, I knew something bad was going to happen. And so when the mother burnt the poetry journal – I wanted to dive into the book and use my own special fire extinguisher to put out the burning book and save it for her. I like her brother, Twin, reaches for the book to try and save it from burning; it was a like a bit of diffience against their mother, her actions and what she wants to believe in.

I didn’t not like the mother but then again I didn’t like her either, I didn’t like how she was forcing Xiomara to do something she didn’t want to do. But then I sympathised with her because you could see that she was doing it out of love for her daughter, as she thought church and religion were the best and the only way to a good and happy life.

However I think her Father annoyed and angered me more, as he was able to do so much more to help his daughter get freedom from her oppressive mother but he chose to remain silent and just watch in the backgrounds.

I liked how in the end there was a complete happy ending – as although Xiomara gets to be her own person and gets her freedom, and although her mother finds out about her poetry and doesn’t stop her from doing it, she also doesn’t accept it and as a result at the end of the book the family goes to group sessions together with Farther Sean to talk through their issues and problems.


So that’s my thoughts and opinions on The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, don’t forget to like and comment this post if you have any questions.

Thank you again Netgalley for sending me this book.

If you haven’t read this book already go and read it if you like books that deal with the power to believe in what you want to believe in, and learning to embrace who you really are. But if you have read it – please comment your thoughts and opinions in the comments telling me your favourite moments in the book and what you thought of it as a whole.

Thank you for reading my book review – and I will see you again in the next wonderful world I visit. Until then I would appreciate it if you went checked out my other posts and followed my blog.

I hope you are having a beautiful day wherever you are reading this!!


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