Title: The Poet X
By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Call #: YA Fiction Aceve.E
I don’t often read novels in verse. They aren’t my thing, but Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel, “The Poet X,” is making think I have been missing out. Acevedo tells the story of Xiomara who feels ignored at home and school, but is also the target unwanted attention from both her classmates and mother. The boys see her curves as an invitation comment and touch. Her religiously devout mother is only concerned if Xiomara does her chores and obeys her strict rules. The people around make it clear to her they are only interested in what she can do do for them, so she keeps her thoughts and feelings to herself and instead pours them into her poetry. Things start to change once Xiomara is invited to join a slam poetry club at school and she starts to find her voice. It gives her the confidence to share her inner thoughts for the first time and the courage to stand up to those around her.
The “The Poet X” was captivating from start to finish. Acevedo’s verse is full of beautiful imagery where words and ideas flow effortlessly to give the reader insight into what Xiomara’s life. Highly recommended for everyone who enjoys contemporary, realistic fiction and novels in verse. Also recommended as an audiobook.