Harlem girl Xiomara Batista has always felt too big for the world around her. She's not quiet enough, not smart enough, not shy enough, not demure enough, and way too loud for the expectations all around her.
Xiomara's poetry has always been a private outlet but when another year of High School finds her at odds with her mother, her religion, her friends, and a new boy, Xiomara finds the bravery to do things she never before imagined.
Elizabeth Acevedo's first novel is a striking acheivement told in verse which keeps you emotionally attached to the protagonist at every turn. This National Book Award winner may even ignite your own love of poetry.