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With the Fire on High

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  4,641 ratings  ·  1,252 reviews
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough ...more
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Published May 7th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
With the Fire on High was soft, enfolding, light as a dusting of snow upon my forehead, the kind of novel that deadens the harshness of the world and takes the sting from any barb. I floated through the story as if set adrift in a lifeboat on a gently rocking sea. Delight sluiced through me, and I tingled with the giddy buoyancy of reading a book that made my heart feel like it had grown too large for the confines of my ribs. No wonder, then, that when I turned the last page, the entire world se ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review by Harper Collins Frenzy. Thank you!*

This was such a great read. So rich and vibrant, I felt like I could smell and taste each dish that Emoni made. She was an easy to character to love and root for and I enjoyed watching her journey throughout her senior year as a teen mom struggling to put herself first for once. Overall, I think this book was just as beautiful as the cover is (and that's pretty damn beautiful.)
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
My favorite book of the month so far. This was SO GOOD and Elizabeth Acevedo has definitely become an auto-buy author for me. Also side-note: I feel SO ATTACKED that all the food mentioned in this book is not currently in my mouth???????????? It all sounds so damn good I just 🤤
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss, ya-books
"The world is a turntable that never stops spinning; as humans we merely choose the tracks we want to sit out and the ones that inspire us to dance."

Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again! This sophomore novel is vastly different from Poet X, yet it is equally filled with boriqua pride, strong familial love and characters that ooze diversity. And that cover - breathtakingly gorgeous!

Emoni is a (part Puerto Rican, part Black) teenage mom who was raised by her 'Buela (grandmother) after the death
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five distinguished, magical, tasty, heartwarming, poignant and definitely exquisite firing stars!

Since I’ve read Laura Esquivel’s “ Like water for chocolate “, I started to enjoy reading books about talented cooks who pour their souls, their secluded emotions, their hopes and happiness into their food to create an art and serving one of the most pleasuring things of life by sharing their creativity! Just like Emoni Santiago did with her gifted hands, enduring soul.

Her food is her reflection of
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is literally one of the most stunning covers I've ever seen. Wow.
Jan 07, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: latinx-rep
LATINX REP!!! YAYYY! I'M 50% LATINX (Maybe more?). But you could never tell. I'm as pale as a naked banana 🍌

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May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
a fantastic prose novel from a fantastic author

I'll start this review off by saying that I haven't had the chance to read Acevedo's debut, but everyone I've talked to raves about it. So requesting and getting approved for this ARC was really special and I'm really grateful I had the opportunity to read this.

The book is about Emoni Santiago, a teen mom in her senior year at a charter school in Philly. She's got a passion for cooking and is trying to figure out what her next move is. Take a culina
Emily May

ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🍒
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

What a beautiful story!

“I feel like I'm being pulled in a hundred different directions and my feet are stuck in cement.”

The Poet X is one of the best new YA books I had read this year, and With the Fire on High does not disappoint. This book is about Emoni, a teenage mom in her senior year of high school trying to balance schoolwork, work and being a mom. Emoni loves to cook and when a culinary elective becomes available her senior year she joins the class. But class makes Emoni
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA fans
"Santi, I want to ask you something."

I stop in the middle of the hallway and wait for him to catch up. He takes his sweet time walking over, Pretty Leslie on his heels.

"Wassup?" I say. I give Pretty Leslie a head-nod and she looks between Malachi and me, her perfectly penciled-in eyebrows furrowing.

"I'm good, Emoni. How are you?" She pops her gum, then lowers her voice in a fake whisper. "How's your daughter?"

I force myself to keep smiling. I'm not ashamed of my baby. I'm not ashamed I had a bab
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of feel-good stories
Shelves: ya, starred-2019-done, 2019, 3
With the Fire on High reminded me of Robin Benway's Far from the Tree in a way that it takes a similarly super positive, almost syrupy sweet tone. Both stories are inspirational and lean on the fantasy of the tribes of supportive people that will lift you up and help you out of the direst circumstances. Fell-good? Yes. Realistic? Eh.

Emoni is a high-school senior, a teen mom of a 2-year old daughter, and an aspiring chef. She works hard, she is nice and calm, she is also kind of bland. With the
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*Loving it!!*
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author, favorites
A worthy follow up to an amazing debut
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
All I have to say about this book is that, by the end, it had me trying not to cry into the food I was making. Elizabeth Acevedo did it again, y'all.
Okay, first of all: this cover is GORGEOUS.

Second: The premise sounds bomb af and I can't wait to read this!!
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Oct 09, 2018 marked it as tbr-faves
Shelves: coverporn
I always love stories about young women growing their ambition and everything, but also, the cover of this is too beautiful i'm not fucking able to process it
Misster Reader
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
More like With My Feelings On High. Seriously, at this point Acevedo might as well take my credit card information, because I'm not even taking a second glance at whatever book she comes out with next before ordering it

Wow M, what is this glorious book about? Well Suzan, I’m glad you asked. With The Fire on High follows Emoni a Latinx sixteen year old mom. Since Emoni was little she’s had a strong passion for cooking. More than that: she’s good at it too. In fact, her dishes are known to have a
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I loved this. The writing is so simple, poetic and yet moved you - I was tearing up at the end, it had the sort of ending I love (says the girl who hates contemporary fiction).
The characters and the dynamics, it all clashed and flowed together wonderfully to create this novel.
I love Acevedo’s writing style; the way she mixes things up is so interesting and such a lovely breath of fresh air.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before I began reviewing this book in depth, I have to begin saying that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Plot, characters, all of it was superb.

I loved how the writter develops the narrative. You have small-ish chapters that make it easy to move from one to another, and the lecture grips you and doesn't let you go. You promise yourself just another chapter, 'cause they are short, right? But you can't put down this book, is that good. The narrative flourishes, is easy to read and is really well constructe
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At this point I’m starting to wonder if Elizabeth Acevedo is capable of writing anything but a 5 star masterpiece that’s relevant and rich with culture and spark.
I call witchcraft.
Stephanie Gillespie
ARC received by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

"Sometimes focusing on what you can control is the only way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can’t."

The first time I saw the cover of this book I fell in love, it is so gorgeous!! This book means so much to me! This story was very empowering. Emoni was such a strong character and full of passion. Also the amount of representation in the book was excellent. Emoni is part Puerto-Rican and Black and a  te
Vicky Who Reads
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I expected nothing less than greatness from Elizabeth Acevedo
"My father is Puerto Rican, and he's darker than my mom was, and her whole family is straight-from-the-Carolina's Black. And her hair was just as curly as mine. Not all Black women, or Latinas, look the same."

I would like it to be known that Emoni is a badass teen parent + such a loving/hard-working mother to her smol tiny daughter Emma. Emoni feels SO REAL, from her dialogue to the way she confronts struggles.I loved her + loved every time she cooked something delicious. I want Emoni to coo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth truly never disappoints 💗

A new book by Elizabeth Acevedo? SIGNED ME IN.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, this made me cry no fewer than three times. And made me hungry. This isn't usually my favorite type of book genre-wise, but the beauty of the writing here is undeniable. Definitely recommend (also that cover design! Gorg!)
Kate ☀️ Olson
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aoc, young-adult
A masterpiece. Inspiring, heartfelt, and oh so HAPPY - officially my favorite YA of the year!
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
A story about food and ambition? Sign me in! Did you see this GORGEOUS cover?! I'm in love! Acevedo is becoming one of my favorites as an author and a narrator!

When the author wrote freshman year, I thought she meant collage, in any case, this is set in a high school. Emoni is a girl who got pregnant in high school. Such stories always bewildered me, why is it okay for young girls and boys to have sex when they could have a baby out of wedlock in their teens and not okay for them to marry if the
Couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Had to crack it open straight from BookCon. Loved Acevedo's sophomore effort With the Fire on High as much as much as her first. If you haven't read BOTH yet I implore you to get your copy of The Poet X and With the Fire on High today.
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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's ...more
“And sometimes focusing on what you can control is the only way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can't.” 10 likes
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