The poet X / a novel by Elizabeth Acevedo.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: "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.
    • Notes:
      Accelerated Reader UG 5.2 5.
      ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019
      Amelia Bloomer Top Ten, 2019
      Américas Award, 2019
      Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award, 2018
      Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction, 2018
      CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominee, 2019
      CSMCL Best Books, 2018
      Horn Book Fanfare List, 2018
      Kirkus Prize Finalist for Young Readers' Literature, 2018
      Lambda Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ Children's/Young Adult, 2019
      Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Nominee, 2020
      Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature Winner, 2018
      Michael L. Printz Award, 2019
      National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, 2018
      New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, 2018
      New York Public Library Best Books for Teens: Top Ten, 2018
      New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books: Young Adult, 2018
      NPR Best Books, 2018
      Publisher's Weekly Best Young Adult Book, 2018
      Pura Belpré Author Award, 2019
      School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018
      Walter Award, Teen Category, 2019
      Waterstones Children's Book Prize, Older Fiction Shortlist, 2019
      YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019
      YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019
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Booklist Reviews 2017 November #1

This coming-of-age story from the streets of Harlem centers on Xiomara Barista, a teenage poet seeking to express herself. X has loved writing down her thoughts from an early age. Unfortunately, she doesn't get to share them with her family, due to her mother's strict dedication to making sure X is focused on being a good Catholic girl. When X starts questioning her faith and realizes her brother is hiding his own secrets from their mother, she starts figuring out how she can stand up for herself and her beliefs. The story, though centered around the family drama, explores other poignant themes facing girls today, diving into human sexuality, the psychological impacts of going through an early puberty, and how girls have to fend off advances from men—as well as the slut-shaming stigma that simultaneously can come from women. Ultimately, though, this is a powerful, heartwarming tale of a girl not afraid to reach out and figure out her place in the world. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall

Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, a self-described "brown and big and angry" Dominican girl from Harlem, finds peace in writing poetry. The slow-burning suspense of what will transpire when devout Catholic Mami discovers Xiomara's clandestine relationship with a classmate is eclipsed only by the devastation that occurs when Mami reads Xiomara's candid poetry journal. Acevedo's debut verse novel is an arresting portrait of a young poet coming into her own. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2

Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, whose name means "one who is ready for war," has been fighting her whole life. The self-described "brown and big and angry" Dominican girl from Harlem furiously confronts catcalling boys, chafes under her Catholic parents' restrictive rules, and both adores and resents her "genius" twin brother, who seems to be everything she's not. She finds moments of peace by writing in her poetry journal, joining a spoken-word poetry club, and exploring a blossoming romance with Aman, her science partner. The slow-burning suspense of what will transpire when devout Mami discovers Xiomara and Aman's clandestine relationship is eclipsed only by the devastation that occurs when Mami finds and reads Xiomara's candid journal. But Xiomara must brave Mami's ire if she is ever going to realize her writing dream. Spoken-word artist Acevedo's debut verse novel is an arresting portrait of a young poet coming into her own. In nearly every poem, there is at least one universal truth about adolescence, family, gender, race, religion, or sexuality that will have readers either nodding in grateful acknowledgment or blinking away tears. "It almost feels like / the more I bruise the page / the quicker something inside me heals." jennifer hubert swan Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 January #4

Harlem sophomore Xiomara Batista isn't saintly like her virtuous twin brother. And her tough exterior—she's always ready to fend off unwelcome advances and unkind words—hides questions and insecurities. As her confirmation nears (after two failed attempts), Xiomara begins to voice her uncertainties about the Catholic faith and patriarchal piety pressed on her by her mother and the church. Both intrigued and disgusted by the advances of her peers and older men, she begins a secret relationship with her lab partner Aman, who seems interested in more than her curves ("who knew words,/ when said by the right person,/ by a boy who raises your temperature,/ moves heat like nothing else?"). Xiomara pours her innermost self into poems and dreams of competing in poetry slams, a passion she's certain her conservative Dominican parents will never accept. Debut novelist Acevedo's free verse gives Xiomara's coming-of-age story an undeniable pull, its emotionally charged bluntness reflecting her determination and strength. At its heart, this is a complex and sometimes painful exploration of love in its many forms, with Xiomara's growing love for herself reigning supreme. Ages 13–up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.