Publicerad i Recensioner 2021

The Poet X

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

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.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent. 

Jag lyssnade på ljudboken av denna på engelska och den var riktigt bra. Kan rekommendera ljudboken varmt. Den känns skriven i slam poetry stil, vilket jag inte har läst tidigare men jag gillade den. I den här boken så får Xiomara en anteckningsbok från hennes tvillingbror som hon kan skriva ner sina tankar i och hon börjar skriva ner de i form av dikter. Xiomara bjuds in till spoken word klubben i skolan och första gången hon hör spoken word så blir hon helt hänförd. Har du inte läst/lyssnat på denna än, så gör det!

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