The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo.

The Diverse Reader The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Book Review

Title: The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Published: March 8, 2018

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited

Total Pages: 368 pages

Synopsis: Xiomara Batista (also known as X) is growing up in Harlem, New York and trying to her find herself while dealing with her mom’s religion, being a teenager and deciding if poetry is the right fit for her. She decides to join the poetry slam group at her high school but does not know if she made the right decision. She tells her story through a diary for every reader to follow.

This particular book has been on my mind for awhile because I liked the concept of mixing free verse poetry and a novel together to create a story. This book is set up like a novel but with free verse poetry as the writing style. I think that having a storyline that can be relatable to teens and young adults was a great choice for the author because this book seemed fitting for the audience she was going for. The Poet X was blunt, relatable for today’s teens, in a conversational tone while telling a story in first person.

My favorite line: 

And now his smile is a little sad.

And I think about all the things we could be.

If we were never told our bodies were not built for them.

My Thoughts:

The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo was able to tell the story of Xiomara (X for short) as if she was a teenager today living in Harlem and trying to find herself as she was growing up. Acevedo wrote the perfect story for teens especially growing up in New York today. I felt like I was listening to a teen tell her story and reading her diary entries because of the language, context and experiences that the main character was going through. The main character X made me laugh, anxious and become angry during some experiences she had — which means the author knew how to get a reader to be emotionally attached to the book.

I was able to relive my teen years while reading this book and I think the writer executed the plot very well. X was finding herself and realizing that everyday was a fresh start towards getting more involved in poetry. The reader was able to feel what the main character was going through because of the details displayed in her diary entries. The first person narrative was the perfect match for this plot because it gave the reader a chance to live through the main character.

There were a few aspects that I wish would have been done differently. I think speaking about the love interest more would have given me as a reader a better understanding of why the main character fell for him. Also, having a more detailed poetry slam experience for X and making the ending last longer could have made the book conclude better.

It seemed that the writing was going at a great pace for most of the book but then the end went by so fast that I wasn’t able to take in as much as I would have liked. Overall, the book’s plot kept me on my toes wanting to know what would happen next to X. I would be curious to see in a part two of what happened to X and pick up where the book ended. Acevedo wrote a fitting book and I could see a lot of teenagers relating to the main character.

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