Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo - HIGH

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo 361 pages. Novel in Verse HarperTeen (HarperCollins) 2018 $18

Language: R (31 swears 2 'f'); Mature Content: R (teen sexual situations); Violence: G.



Xiomara Batista thinks no one hears her. Her mother only cares if she behaves and studies religion, her twin brother is busy with homework and school, she doesn't talk much and has few friends, so her teachers have few expectations.  But her junior year things start to change; she sits by a boy in biology, Aman, and they start to like each other - but Mami doesn't allow Xiomara to have a boyfriend and keeping that secret proves nearly impossible. Her Language Arts teacher has a Tuesday night poetry group - but Xiomara has to take confirmation class at the church that night, so Xiomara writes about her frustrations in a leather journal Twin gave her, but will she be brave enough to ever share her poetry with others? 

Oh my! Sprinkled with Spanish words and phrases, this amazing debut novel is poetry at its best. Although in occasional free verse, the cadence and rhythm begs to be read aloud. Elizabeth Acevedo is a slam poet and really knows her craft.  A beautiful read.

Lisa Librarian

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