Blog Tour: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo *highly recommended*

Hello, guys!

Welcome to my stop of this super exciting blog tour–the one I’ve been dying to take part in–hosted by my lovely friend Karina @AfirePages in partnership with HarperCollins International for one of my most anticipated reads this year, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo!

In today’s post, you’ll find more info about this wonderful book, links to buy your copy, my review, a beautiful blog tour schedule created by Karina and an international giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Poet X.

Let the show begin!

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Title: The Poet X 

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

ISBN: 9780062662804

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: HarperTeen

Number of Pages: 368

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry

 

Synopsis

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and 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. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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My Review

***Actual rating: 4.5/5 ‘En voz alta, Xiomara’ Stars***

The Poet X is a book you’ll easily fall in love with from the first page until the end. It’s profoundly meaningful and extremely poignant in the era of #OwnVoice and #Diverse. There’s not a thing I don’t like about this book, but if I had to choose one particular element I love the most, it’s definitely the main character, Xiomara. Xiomara perfectly portrays a teenage girl with precocious puberty living with her super religious parents and a homosexual brother. Through the verses and slam poems in this book, the author meticulously crafted the feisty yet sensitive mind of Xiomara, which takes the entire character development up a notch. In fact, I’ve never read a better-depicted, more plotted-out character development in any other books, not even those coming-of-age stories. Xiomara surely explores a more-in-depth version of herself from her experiences in school, church, confession and her talks with her gay brother.

In my opinion, Xiomara is quite ordinary in her extraordinary way, and that’s what draws me to her the second I know about her. She basically questions everything in her life, such as the presence and power of God, why boys and girls can’t have any PDA, or why religious people believe in God without hesitation. She doesn’t understand why her parents are so conservative about love, lust and sex; being a treacherous kid, she’s certainly a maverick compared to her church friends.

What I love most about Xiomara is that she not only experiences all the wonderful (like holding a guy’s hand for the first time or kissing him forcefully at the train station) and terrible (like letting her thoughts speak out freely for once only to be buried and shamed by her own mother) things throughout this book, she eventually discovers the magic of slam poetry and the power of her words. Yes, her words are full of meaning and emotion. Yes, her words allow her to be not simply heard but actually listened to. And above all, her words dissolve the problem of awkwardness and miscommunication between her parents and her.

The end of this book is pure astonishment for me because I can’t be prouder and happier for Xiomara to overcome her inner demon and for her to speak up and express herself bravely in front of everyone. Of course, I also can’t be more blissed to see her parents FINALLY try to put themselves in Xiomara’s shoes for the first time and witness the moment they eventually understand their daughter.

Aside from the incredible character development, I’m amazed by the format of this book as well. The Poet X is a novel in verse, meaning the whole story is composed of many verses, short paragraphs and poems. To be honest, I was worried about the presentation of this story initially because I thought the author wouldn’t be able to put every necessary plot twist or idea into concise sentences. Hence, when I start reading this book, I’m surprised to be carried away with Xiomara’s dynamic and distinct character as well as the truths of her words. Anyway, this book is a truly masterpiece that can’t be missed.

To sum up, The Poet X is such a powerful debut to me and it surely is a promising start for me to browse through Elizabeth Acevedo’s books. Even though I personally don’t relate to Xiomara as much as others do, I believe her rebellious thinking and the never-give-up attitude will have a huge impact on many readers, teenagers and adults alike. Lastly, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Poet X to everyone since the verses and poems in this book make it so much easier and more fun to read; you’ll undoubtedly have an unforgettable reading experience! Now just go pick it up and prepare to be overwhelmed by the awesomeness of Xiomara’s words! You can thank me later. *wink*

***Thanks to Karina and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

 

About the Author

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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.

 

International Giveaway

Here’s a chance for all of you to win a copy of The Poet X!

Good luck!

 

Before you go…

Check out the fellow blog tour participants!

Schedule

Date

Blog

Week 1

February 26

Afire Pages – Author Guest Post | Top 5 Poetry Influences

February 27

In Tori Lex

February 28

Life of A Simple Reader

March 1

Stay Bookish – Art

March 2

The Clockwork Bibliophile – Book Look

Week 2

March 5

Pretty Little Memoirs

March 6

Through Prose Tinted Pages – Playlist

March 7

That Bookshelf Bitch

March 8

A Book and a Cup of Coffee – On Latinx Rep in YA

March 9

Book Huntress’ World

Week 3

March 12

WOC Reads – Author Q&A

March 13

Descendant of Poseidon Reads

March 14

Dani Review Things – Favorite Slam Poetry Performance

March 15

The Cursed Books– Mood Board

March 16

Book Freak Revelations

*All blog tour stops contain a review.

 

That’s all for today, everyone! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll love this book as well. ❤ Last but definitely not least, thanks again to Karina & HarperCollins International for this amazing tour. I had a lot of fun taking part in! 😀

See ya,

Jasmine 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Blog Tour: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo *highly recommended*

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