Classy Green, friend, fellow book lover, audiobook listener, and Shelf Addiction reviewer joined me on the podcast to discuss The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo. I listened to the audiobook, and Classy did a read/listen combo with the book and audiobook.
If you've already read The Poet X, leave a comment and let us know what you thought about it.
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 368 | Audio Length: 3 hrs 30 mins
Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Poetry
Rating: 4 bookmarks - Tamara | 5 bookmarks - Classy
Synopsis: 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.