Poet X (Paperback)
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High school sophomore Xiomara Barista hovers on the cusp of adulthood, struggling to identify her place in her family and neighborhood. She details her neighborhood, her growing interest in a boy, her twin brother's distancing himself though perfectly chosen words that offer a glimpse into her emotional journey. Acevedo has created a gorgeous coming of age novel in verse that should be read by teens and adults alike.— Cathy
Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“This book is a great coming-of-age story for any teenage girl. A collection of poems make it a quick and thoughtful read. Xiomara is a Dominican girl living in the city, getting used to her changing body and attention from her lab partner, and wrestling with ideas of right and wrong. Her ideas of right and wrong are completely different from her highly religious mother’s. Her poems are her freedom, but how can you be free when home makes you feel trapped?”
— Lulu Roush, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, OR