Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. If you click on the cover, it will have a link to its Goodreads page.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
It is set to be released on March 6, 2018, by HarperTeen.
I am so excited for this book. A debut novel about a young girl who loves slam poetry? Oh, yes. Bring it on. I hope to see some poems along with a story. I cannot wait for March.
I adore the cover. 2018, you are beating 2017’s butt! I love it! I love how beautiful Xiomara. The black and white portrait is making the colors pop. I love the colors, the paint strokes, and the words. It shows emotion without trying too hard. I hope the edges of the book is colorful. It would be outstanding.
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. The 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.