The Poet X is a 2018 critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novel written by Dominican-American writer and slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. It is actually the author's first novel and it tells the story of Xiomara Batista or "X"—a tall, curvy and fierce 15-year-old Dominican-American girl, who yearns to be heard and acknowledged. Because of her curvaceous body and attractive figure, Xiomara is often a victim of catcalling and sexually charged street harassment.
Angry at the fact that her environment and her Catholic upbringing practically forbid her to explore her sexuality and to feel comfortable in her own body, Xiomara decides to express her thoughts and opinions through slam poetry in the hopes that the words she writes and speaks will inspire others to be kinder and more accepting. In the end, Xiomara realizes that her poetry helped her to better understand her family, her friends and the world around her, but most importantly, it helped her to better understand herself.
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