Why Did I Listen To The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo?
Elizabeth Acevedo is quickly becoming one of my “must read” authors. Her prose is just so beautiful, and I fall in love with her characters and her stories each time. And when I saw that I had the opportunity to actually listen to her narrate her words for The Poet X? I knew I had to pick it up!
What’s The Story Here?
Using free verse poetry, The Poet X tells the story of Xiomara Basista – a fifteen year old girl living in Harlem. She is of Dominican descent and attends church regularly at the demand of her mother. At fifteen years old, Xiomara is starting to find herself and figure out how she wants to be different from those around her. But is there room for her to be able to be herself within the world she’s always know or will she have to break down the walls in order to be heard? Themes such as religion, ethnicity, sexuality, womanhood, misogyny, and the power of words are prevalent throughout the book.
What Did I Think of The Poet X?
The Poet X had such a beautiful bite to it. It’s a heart-wrenching and powerful journey of self discovery. Xiomara’s voice felt so real. As a reader, I was experiencing her emotions first hand and they were vulnerable and honest and occasionally even painful. I just love the way that Elizabeth Acevedo writes with such painful honesty and isn’t afraid to tackle a multitude of subjects within her prose. I did feel that the ending was slightly rushed and wrapped up in too much of a a nice tight little bow but, it did also leave me with a sense of hope and empowerment.
How’s The Narration?
The Poet X is narrated by the author which is always an exciting concept for me. You can tell that this is a work of passion for Elizabeth Acevedo. Her words flow with such emotion and this makes the 3 hours and 30 minutes of narration go by so quickly. It was gripping and I hung onto her every word. Honestly, it reminded me of my high school days going to poetry slams with my friends; and that was a nice feeling to have again. Those were some good memories!
Rating: 4 Stars
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