Don't Like Poetry Novels In Verse? This book WILL change your mind.


Xiomara Batista, a high schooler in Harlem, feels as though she is exposed. She has learned to protect herself physically and hide her own thoughts within herself. She writes poems expressing her feelings about her daily life in a leather notebook: a boy; a religious mother; a poetry club. Conflicts built upon one another and it is up to Xiomara to take them on. She has so much she wants to say, but it seems like a far away future to spill out all of her thoughts.Xiomara cannot pretend to be invisible any longer.

Teen Reviewer (15):
I really enjoyed this book and want to read it again. The Poet X is a collection of poems, which I usually never go for, but after reading this book I have definitely gotten more interested in poetry. It's a very quick and easy read and I especially recommend it to people who either have a hard time finishing books or just cannot get into books in general.

The book is meant for high schoolers and should not be read to a young audience as it does tackle mature topics. For anyone who is within the appropriate age group, I definitely recommend they try this book. The story is very powerful and offers something that will linger with you for quite a while.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The poetry in this novel in verse connect to form one big story that is not just enjoyable from start to finish, but eye-opening as well. Readers who say they don't like poetry will be swayed by The Poet X and its powerful story. For teens, this can offer a sense of comfort.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is profanity, sexual situations, and violence in this book.

Type of Book:
This is a first-person story of growing up expressed through the main character's poetry.
Educational Themes:

This is a story for mature readers that incorporate themes that can create conversation on issues that many teens struggle with: body image, family, religion, choices and consequences, relationships and first love, among others.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The book hits a lot of personal struggles that I know a lot of teenagers face today. Not only will it be a sense of comfort but it is generally a very well written and well-thought-out book.

Title The Poet X
Author Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher Quill Tree Books, Imprint HarperCollins Children's Books © 2018
ISBN 9780062662804
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Poetry, Coming of Age, Social Issues
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