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The Poet X av Elizabeth Acevedo
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The Poet X (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2020)

av Elizabeth Acevedo (Författare)

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"Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. 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. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems"--Dust jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:The Poet X
Författare:Elizabeth Acevedo (Författare)
Info:Quill Tree Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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The Poet X av Elizabeth Acevedo (Author) (2018)

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Xiomara is a high school sophomore who lives with her twin brother, who she calls Twin, and her Mami and Papi, who are an older couple that came to the US from the Dominican Republic. Xiomara's Mami is old fashioned and religious, so she pushes Xiomara to devote her life to God, but Xiomara has questions and uses her writing as a way to seek answers. She begins to notice boys, and she knows that her Mami will see this as a sin, so when she starts spending time with Aman, she hides it from Mami. At the same time, Xiomara's teacher has asked her to join a writing club because she sees potential in the work Xiomara turns in for class. Xiomara would like to go, but knows that this is another thing Mami will not approve of. How long can Xiomara hide who she really is?

Poet X is written in verse which is a style of writing that I will probably never be very comfortable with, but it does tell a modern tale of family life. The contrast between what Xiomara wants versus what her Mami wants for her is sharply drawn, showing questionable decisions made by both characters that cause pain for the entire family. With neither character willing to give in, a boiling over point is inevitable. The strength of this novel is in its unwillingness to back down on issues of religion and family, however it does fail in addressing other social issues raised in the book. Overall, Poet X is a well written, thought provoking story told in a writing style that is enjoyable for many but off-putting for some. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
Trigger Warnings: Sexism/Misogyny, Slut-Shaming, Abuse (both physical and emotional), Sexual Assault/Harassment, Homophobia

The Poet X follows Xiomara as she discovers pieces of herself. Religion also plays a key role in this novel as Xiomara battles with figuring out what she believes in.

I felt all the emotions while reading about Xiomara. It grasped at my heart and squeezed, it made me make my own fists, ready to fight; it was powerful. I can see why it won all the awards it has received. I was a little iffy about reading this book, but only because I don't read poetry - I can count on one hand how many poetry books I've read. But, I'm glad I read it because I feel like this is a book everyone should read.

Reading verses with Xiomara's mother was challenging. Her mother loved her religion more than she loved her children and was so outwardly cruel to her daughter because of how she was growing. Xiomara obviously had no control over how fast or large her body developed. She wanted Xiomara to be the Nun she couldn't be. She was also so demanding of her but not her brother, especially when it came to how she acts and how she helps out around the house. The way she disciplined her was heartbreaking.

Xiomara is a voice for so many youth and Elizabeth Acevedo had written this amazingly. This books deals with family, first love, religion, self-acceptance, sexuality, sexual harassment, and friendship. It's a quick read that's written beautifully. I would highly recommend this book to anyone (even those that don't read poetry). ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
This is a short book about the life of an American Dominican teenager, and her development into a promising poet. It is written in short poetic journal entries over the period of a few month of her life.

The narrative is unique in its form and the story pull you with it. I could relate very much to Xiomara's strict upbringing, her mother's overblown piety that translated into forced attendance of catholic church confirmation lessons. Mother's piety also imposed limitations on Xiomara's emotional life, inquisitiveness and creativity. The author has given X quite a distinct voice, she writes powerful verses both in Spanish and English. She deposits in her journals all her questions, doubts and experiences. She has started opening up to first love and to an understanding of her twin brother, her family, her heritage and her place in the world. There the inevitable conflict ensues with her family and strict catholic upbringing.

The book works very well as a YA novel of hope and growth, yet it succumbs to some elements of fairy tale writing where everything falls into place in the end without too much need for explanation or justification. This is a small gripe for sure and does not take away from the overall power and innovation of the story.

The audio book is read by the author and is highly recommended because she reads Xiomara's poetry the way it should be read with the emotional charge behind it. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
This is my 300th read of the year and I really wanted to choose something very good and memorable. Despite not being a fan of the poetry format much, I’m so glad I decided to pick up this audiobook because this amazing little novel written in verse is worth all the accolades it has received and so much more.

Xiomara is a fierce rebellious teenager who is very relatable because we all have gone through that phase. Only when we start getting to know her better do we realize that her journey is much more heartbreaking. Since she has grown into her body, she has been harassed in public and in school, touched and groped and catcalled; on top of that, she also has to listen to her uber religious mother guilt her more into believing that her body is responsible for all the unwanted attention she is getting, which only makes Xio want to disappear. However, as she grows up, she starts questioning everything - why she is supposed to believe all the religious teachings that she is taught blindly, why is it wrong to like a boy and how is it her fault when she is the victim of daily harassment.

I was not sure how much of the plot could be expressed properly due to the format but the author does a wonderful job. Listening to it in her voice also makes it better because it felt like I was reading it the way she intended. After being silenced for so long, when Xio finally discovers the power of words and poetry, I really loved seeing her come into her own. All the walls she had built around her to protect herself crumpled slowly and she let us see her true feelings. The poems truly give us a glimpse into the mind of a teenage girl going through puberty - her jumbled feelings about kissing and touching, about consent, about feeling comfortable within herself and feeling strong enough to put herself out there and most importantly, wanting to do all these things even though she is not allowed to. Her character development is just brilliant and it was a joy seeing her grow. Her relationships with her twin and best friend are also beautifully written. However, I did struggle a lot with her mother’s character - she is definitely a troubled woman who lets her own personal guilt (or maybe shame) determine how her daughter should be and some might call her behavior overprotectiveness, but for me it was emotional abuse and sometimes physical too. Though the author tries to give us a sense that the mother-daughter duo are to trying to repair their relationship, I thought the ending was too simplistic and I would have definitely liked to see more remorse from the mother.

If you are skeptical about this book because of its format, don’t be. Just pick up the audiobook and let the author take you on this wonderful journey into the mind of an amazing strong young woman called the Poet X who will blow your mind with her raw honesty.

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  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
This book was so beautiful — the writing, the voice, the reflection it leaves you with — and I think it was made even better by the audiobook which was read by the author, although I want to sit with the words for longer and read it in print too. ( )
  bookedinsideout | Aug 17, 2021 |
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To Katherine Bolaños and my former students at Buck Lodge Middle School 2010-2012, and all the little sisters yearning to see themselves: this is for you
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"Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. 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. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems"--Dust jacket.

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