361 pages ; 22 cm
"Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. 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. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems"--Jacket.
Nutmeg Book Award nominee , Grade 9-12 High School, 2021.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award, 2018
Kirkus Prize Nominee for Young Readers' Literature, 2018
National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, 2018
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018
Michael L. Printz Winner, 2019
Pura Belpré Author Award, 2019.
Accelerated Reader 5.2.