The author is successful at writing a good YA story while using poetry to help the reader understand the main character, Xiomara. This is the story of a teenage girl who is finding her way while growing up in Harlem, coming to terms with her catholic religion, and her desire to be heard. She writes poetry and joins the Poetry Slam Club and has to hide this from her strict mother. I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars because of how well Acevedo is able to weave the poetry into the story line. Through the poetry the reader learns about the character and her feelings about her mother, her church and her desires.