The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo


Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But X has secrets – her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight.

Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent.

A novel about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in, no matter how hard it is to say. Brave, bold and beautifully written – dealing with issues of race, feminism and faith.


This was part of my 21 for 2021 reading challenge. Obviously I hadn’t picked it up yet, so I thought Boxing Day (along with some chocolate and tea) would be the perfect time to dive on in!

I did manage to finish the book fairly quickly. This is partly due to the way it’s written and also the fact I ended up skimming a lot.

There’s no doubt that the topics and themes are important. I ended up connected with the characters enough but just really struggled with the style of writing.

I also didn’t enjoy the neatness of the resolution, it seemed to really bring the overall rating for me unfortunately!

I am glad I tried it but it a 2/5 for me.


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