THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Updated: Feb 19
The Poet X was a rollercoaster of emotions, experiences, and words. It made me laugh. It made me cry. I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book. I was a little wary at first because of the format of the book (it was written in prose), but I'm so glad I gave this book a chance.
Acevedo weaves a super complex story through the experiences of Xiomara and her experiences living within Harlem, her experiences of living with a super religious family, and her experience of finding freedom through the power of slam poetry.
I actually didn't know much about slam poetry before I read this book, but after tearing through the pages of this novel I looked it up more and it is so cool! I loved how this book didn't just give me a great story but also introduced me to new ideas, concepts, and cultures. It was so interesting to see the world through Xiomara's eyes and experience her firsts with her: the first time finding love, the first time discovering slam poetry, the first time really talking to her mother.
This book was so emotional and genuine. The prose flowed smoothly and told the story flawlessly and it moved along at a good pace. I also liked how not everything was resolved at the end - it was still a work in progress and that is just so realistic. After all, what conflicts in life are ever solved easily and in a pretty package?
I will definitely have to read more by this author and I wouldn't mind a side story about Xiomara's brother and his life and inner thoughts.