Poetry, Young Adult

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

This novel in verse tells the story of Xiomara Batista, a teen growing up in Harlem. Her strict mother does not allow Xiomara much freedom and as a result Xio feels unheard. As Xio’s body and emotions undergo the predicted changes of the teen years, she definitely has more to say these days. Sneaking around her mother’s rules, Xio joins the school’s poetry club and quickly finds that she can express herself through her poetry. She turns to slam poetry performance as an outlet and soon feels the importance of her words. A beautiful story of a young adult finding her voice, despite the pressures to remain silent. I loved the relationship that Xio had with her twin brother, as they each find and express themselves, and support each other along the way. The support Xio finds in her friends, along with staying true to herself, all make for a wonderful protagonist and a beautiful story! LOVED this one!!!

~Lisa

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