Seemingly semi-autobiographical, a young woman in Harlem uses slam poetry to explore her relationship to her mother, religion, and her community. It’s her way of making sense of her place in the world, and sharing that with others. Xiomara is frustrated by her mother’s expectations of her, and frustrated with feeling left out of the world around her.
The downside of this book is that it’s almost too straight forward. There aren’t any unexpected twists and turns, no truly heartbreaking moments. I knew what I was getting into, and the book followed my expectations almost to a T.
The upside of The Poet X is that it’s a story about finding one’s voice. It’s a story about loveing poetry, and the feeling of being swept up in letting out your voice in a beautiful way. The Poet X is self-discovery, and it does so in a lyrical way. This is a treasure to listen to on audio, read by Elizabeth Acevedo herself.