By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Location: FIC ACE
Genre: Slam Poetry Coming of Age
"A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!" Laurie
was breathtaking. I literally felt like I had to read quicker to match
the pace of the poetry because I was scared it would slip away from me.
is a 15 year old girl just trying to get her shit together. She digests
everything through poetry - it's a beautiful perspective on the world.
She questions everything, from boys, to church to bullshit creepy men hitting on a minor.
Read this book. It's beautiful- Katie
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
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.
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.
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.