The Poet X (Large Print / Paperback)

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Xiomara feels unheard and misunderstood by everyone. Even by her beloved twin brother. The girl who always uses her fists to be heard (to protect herself from unwanted advances and to protect her brother) wants to be heard and seen for something more powerful.Her words. But how can she when she's being pulled between her love and loyalty to family, the church and what is in her heart? Powerful coming of age story told in prose poetry. Ages 14 up. — Jeanette

First Generation, Dominican/American, Catholic. Words that define her. Words with meanings changing as years pass. Daughter, twin, friend... poet. Xiomara is pushing against obligations of family and religion, navigating expectations that don't apply to her generation. Poetry is her release, a safety valve to avoid confrontation over rules that she knows will never change. No dating. No backtalk. Go to church. Existence isn't really life, and X is ready to live, to speak, to throw her verse to the world. Does that mean leaving family and faith behind? A novel in verse, The Poet X will take you on a wild ride, slam into you like a subway train, and you will love every line! — Leah Moore

An urban girl's coming-of-age story, told by Acevedo, is a celebration of poetry, the written word, and life. — Mike Hare

Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List


“This book is a great coming-of-age story for any teenage girl. A collection of poems make it a quick and thoughtful read. Xiomara is a Dominican girl living in the city, getting used to her changing body and attention from her lab partner, and wrestling with ideas of right and wrong. Her ideas of right and wrong are completely different from her highly religious mother’s. Her poems are her freedom, but how can you be free when home makes you feel trapped?”
— Lulu Roush, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, OR



Product Details
ISBN: 9798885794190
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Youth Large Print
Publication Date: December 6th, 2023
Pages: 380
Language: English