The Poet X

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The Poet X is a 2018 young adult novel by Elizabeth Acevedo. Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, who goes by X, works through the tension and conflict in her family by writing poetry. The book was well received and won multiple awards at the 2019 Youth Media Awards.


Xiomara, also known as X, loves to write poetry. While she wants to compete in slam poetry contests, she finds it hard to share this writing with her family. Her mother is concerned with X being a good Catholic girl, while her twin brother receives so much praise that X feels inferior. X starts to have a romantic relationship with her lab partner Aman. Eventually X's mother finds the poetry forcing a confrontation between the two.

Reception and Awards[edit]

The book was well reviewed receiving starred reviews from The Horn Book Magazine,[1] Kirkus Reviews,[2] and School Library Journal.[3] It was the fourth most ordered book at the New York Public Library in 2018.[4]

At the 2019 Youth Media Awards the book won the Pura Belpré Award, for a Latina writer who best portrays the Latino experience for children, and the Michael Printz Award for best young adult literature.[5] The audiobook was given an Odyssey Award honor.[5]


  1. ^ Swan, Jennifer Hubert (2018-03-20). "Review of The Poet X — The Horn Book". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Kirkus Reviews. 2017-12-17.
  3. ^ Farrell, Della (2018-03-15). "The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | SLJ Review". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ Hu, Winnie (2019-03-02). "How the N.Y. Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don't Make the Cut)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  5. ^ a b Morales, Macey (2019-01-28). "American Library Association announces 2019 youth media award winners". ALA News and Press Center. Retrieved 2019-03-05.