Title – The Poet X
Author – Elizabeth Acevedo
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 361 pages
Publication Date – March 8th 2018 by Hardie Grant Egmont
ISBN – 9781405291460
My Rating – ★★★★★/5
Xiomara has secrets. She has a crush on a guy in her biology class. A notebook full of poems that she hides under her bed. A slam poetry club that pulls her secrets out in the open.
In a world where she feels like no one is interested in what she has to say, Xiomara refuses to keep quiet.
I received a copy of The Poet X from Hardie Grant Egmont Australia to review.
I haven’t read a lot of books written in verse but out of the two or three that I have read I really enjoyed them. I always assumed that there wouldn’t be a lot of information or I wouldn’t be able to connect to the characters when books were written in verse but I was completely wrong. I couldn’t put this book down.
I really loved The Poet X! It was so honest and raw. Xiomara’s story hit on some really important topics – family, self acceptance, sexuality, religion, love and friendship. It was so beautifully written and I just couldn’t stop reading about Xiomara and her family.
I really felt for what Xiomara and her brother, Xavier, were going through. They had very strict parents, well maybe just the mother, I can’t really remember much about their father. Xiomara feels invisible and like no one is listening to what she wants. So she expresses herself through her poetry.
Xiomara was a very strong person, but vulnerable at the same time. I loved reading her story and the journey she went on in The Poet X. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to review this book. I’m not sure I would have heard of it otherwise. The Poet X is definitely worth reading!
This was an amazing debut and I can’t wait to see what Acevedo writes next.
*Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me a copy to review*