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The poet X

by Acevedo, Elizabeth,

Format: Kindle Book 2018 2018
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This coming-of-age story from the streets of Harlem centers on Xiomara Barista, a teenage poet seeking to express herself. X has loved writing down her thoughts from an early age. Unfortunately, she doesn't get to share them with her family, due to her mother's strict dedication to making sure X is focused on being a good Catholic girl. When X starts questioning her faith and realizes her brother is hiding his own secrets from their mother, she starts figuring out how she can stand up for herself and her beliefs. The story, though centered around the family drama, explores other poignant themes facing girls today, diving into human sexuality, the psychological impacts of going through an early puberty, and how girls have to fend off advances from men as well as the slut-shaming stigma that simultaneously can come from women. Ultimately, though, this is a powerful, heartwarming tale of a girl not afraid to reach out and figure out her place in the world.--Bratt, Jessica Anne Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Harlem sophomore Xiomara Batista isn't saintly like her virtuous twin brother. And her tough exterior-she's always ready to fend off unwelcome advances and unkind words-hides questions and insecurities. As her confirmation nears (after two failed attempts), Xiomara begins to voice her uncertainties about the Catholic faith and patriarchal piety pressed on her by her mother and the church. Both intrigued and disgusted by the advances of her peers and older men, she begins a secret relationship with her lab partner Aman, who seems interested in more than her curves ("who knew words,/ when said by the right person,/ by a boy who raises your temperature,/ moves heat like nothing else?"). Xiomara pours her innermost self into poems and dreams of competing in poetry slams, a passion she's certain her conservative Dominican parents will never accept. Debut novelist Acevedo's free verse gives Xiomara's coming-of-age story an undeniable pull, its emotionally charged bluntness reflecting her determination and strength. At its heart, this is a complex and sometimes painful exploration of love in its many forms, with Xiomara's growing love for herself reigning supreme. Ages 13-up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Teenage girls Juvenile fiction
Dominican Americans Juvenile fiction
High school students Juvenile fiction
Poets Juvenile fiction
Poetry slams Juvenile fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
Adolescence Juvenile fiction
Self-esteem Juvenile fiction
Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction
Teenage girls Fiction
Dominican Americans Fiction
High school students Fiction
Poets Fiction
Poetry slams Fiction
Schools Fiction
Adolescence Fiction
Self-esteem Fiction
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Novels in verse
Poetry
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
Electronic books.
Novels in verse.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins2018
2018
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Awards Pura Belpré Medal, author, 2019
Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780062662828
0062662821
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