How did I get it? I borrowed it from my library via my Hoopla app
Genre: YA Contemporary, Poetry
Release Date/Publisher: 3/6/18 by HarperCollins
Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo
Rating: 5 stars!
Recommend it? I cannot recommend it enough! Everyone should read it.
The Poet X is a story told in verse about Xiomara Batista. Xiomara is 16 years old and feels silenced in her own home by her mother’s strict religious beliefs and her father’s dismissive demeanor. Xiomara finds her release in the words that she uses to fill up her journal. She has so much to say, so many frustrations to let out and her words come out in the form of poetry.
“I am the baby fat that settled into D-cups and swinging hips so that the boys who called me a whale in middle school now ask me to send them pictures of myself in a thong.”
Xiomara poetry is very personal and deals with all the social issues she is confronted with on a daily basis. She talks about body acceptance, rape culture, love, self-love, abuse, religion, how women are portrayed in the bible, sexism, and bigotry. She is struggling to understand her place in the world and who she wants to be.
“When I’m told to have faith in the father, the son, in men – and men are the first ones to make me feel so small.”
I could keep pulling quotes from this for days but I won’t spoil it for you. I would recommend you listen to the audio book version. There is something so powerful about hearing Xiomara’s story in audio format. The performance was beautiful, empowering, and heartfelt. I think everyone should read it. It is undoubtedly my favorite book that I’ve read so far this year.