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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 Quill Tree Books
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chai ♡
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. No wonder, then, that when I turned the last page, the entire world seemed to be oversaturated, too bright, too sharp, swallowing the slice of light and returning me abruptly to darkness.

Acevedo’s second novel centers around 17-year-old Afro-latina Emoni Santiago whose cooking is an instrument of wonder. When people t
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, owned
*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.)
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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 🤤
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
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Chloe
I loved this so much! And I highly recommend the audiobook (it's narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo herself) <3 ...more
emma
I have an elaborate, multistep, book-reviewing-based plan for world domination.

If you are familiar with my reviews, you know this.

If you are new here, hello. Also, I plan to rule the world.

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Clearly there is some sort of young adult contemporary convention that myriad writers attend and are given the requirements for their young adult contemporary. Yo
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Elle (ellexamines)
Here’s the thing: these teachers forget that I have to make hard decisions every day.

With the Fire on High is all over the place on purpose — we get brief chapters that are simply glimpses into Emoni’s character, and then get to continue on with the journey simply knowing more about her. This has the impact, of course, that it’s not a very plot-driven book. But for a story this character-driven, it is a brilliant choice.
Sometimes, focusing on what you can control is the only
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Melanie
💛 Please check out Johely's amazing, ownvoices review!

“And so at the age of four, I learned someone could cry from a happy memory.”

With the Fire on High is an ownvoices story, following an Afro-Latinx main character named Emoni. Emoni is a young mom, who got pregnant her freshman year of high school, but this book takes place during her senior year, and her school just opened up registration for a culinary class. Emoni has loved cooking and crafting recipes her entire life, but she
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Warda
“The whole of me is Black. The whole of me is whole.”

Elizabeth Acevedo really knows how to write an escapist story.

I loved that this book was about a teen mother and how the story took a different approach to discussing the stereotypes around teen mums. I loved that this book was about family, blood and found. That it was about food and the way it can bring people together. About celebrating your heritage, your culture and life.

I loved Emoni. I was rooting for her through and through. She
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BernLuvsBooks
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-books, edelweiss
"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 deat
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Whitney Atkinson
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
this book made me hungry and i loved the romantic relationship in it. i was disappointed with elizabeth's writing style because it didn't hit me as hard as it did in her debut book, but i'm so excited to read her third book that just came in the mail. ...more
C.G. Drews
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh wow is this a love letter to food and culture.😍ngl, I am here living for foodie fiction and this has so so many tasty recipes (sending slight sad face to how it was 90% savoury dishes though...like c'mon!!! life exists for dessert). But it was so so good and honestly I was so invested in the characters, the romance, in Emoni raising her little girl...I just!! It's a beautiful story. I loved The Poet X, but I think I loved this a bit more because, well, food, but also just Emoni's utter love a ...more
NReads
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
bruh this cover fire
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Jan 07, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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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Kayla Dawn
I didn't like this. Didn't like the writing, didn't like the characters and didn't like the nothingness that was this plot.
Emoni was super quick to judge everyone even though she knows exactly how it is to be judged for nothing.
Also, every problem she ever had was resolved way too easily and quickly, there never was any real conflict. This was 400 pages long and I really feel like I haven't read about anything at all.
Oh and I had to read the sentence "I let go of the breath I didn't know I'd
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chan ☆
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
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Tatiana
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of feel-good stories
Shelves: 4, ya, 2019, starred-2019
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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Emily May



ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🍒
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is literally one of the most stunning covers I've ever seen. Wow. ...more
may ➹
me: writes a blog post complaining about how I’m going through a reading slump

me, later that day: binge reads 300 pages of this book
Ashley Nuckles
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I will read anything with Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing. Enough said lol.
Tina
This is a Young Adult Contemporary book. This book's main character got pregnant her freshman year of high school. This book takes place during her last year of high school, and she is raising her daughter while going to school and trying to make her dreams of be coming a chef. I really enjoyed the book because it feels like a true story, and the characters feels so real. I do not always love YA books, but this one was really good. I did not love Elizabeth Acevedo first book, but this one was so ...more
Kevin (Irish Reader)
This was such an enjoyable and easy read, exactly what I was in the mood for. I really loved everything that this book dealt with including race and teen mothers. I really loved the main character too and was rooting for her. Also, I would highly recommend the audiobook, it’s narrated by the author and was so amazing!
Larry H
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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's The Poet X was easily one of the best books I read last year. This novel-in-verse moved and dazzled me, and it is a book I still think about quite often. Her new book, With the Fire on High , is written in traditional prose, and I am equally blown away by what Acevedo created.

Ever since she got pregnant her freshman year o
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Gabby
“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.”

This story is so beautiful. I read The Poet X earlier this year and I really enjoyed it, but I think I enjoyed this one even more. This book follows a young girl named Emoni who had a baby her freshman year of high school and dreams of becoming a chef, she enjoys cooking more than anything. She enrolls in a cocking class at her high school and gets
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Jessica
This was the third book I have read by Elizabeth Acevedo and the beauty of her writing just blows me away every time I read her books. I listened to the audiobook of this one and loved how the author narrated her own book. The descriptions and emotions flowed off the page and I could not put the audiobook down.

Emoni is a senior in high school and she's a single mom trying to figure out her future and what she dreams of doing versus what's her reality. Emoni has always loved cooking and creating
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♛ may
book #3 for summerathon, under the challenge of: "a book with food on the cover"

we love beautiful covers and we love food and this book has both.

pros
- The story is incredibly rich and vibrant with colours and flavours and dishes
- The recipes that were featured were so creative and the little doodles at the beginning of each chapter, adorable
- I love the positive representation of teenager single mothers, the choices emoni had to make for her daughter and the loving relationship betwe
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Was not disappointed. Cared for every character in this book and the journey Emoni goes through ❤️
leynes
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-writers
This is it. This is what happiness feels like. This book managed to do something only my mom and dad have managed during the last week: put a smile on my face.

This book was literally everything. Like every time I discover a new Acevedo, I first listened to the audiobook (narrated by the author herself). I always buy the physical copy afterwards as well because I want to support the author. Anyways, With the Fire on High was the last book that I hadn't read by Acevedo. I loved The Poet X (one of
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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X, With the Fire on High, and Clap When You Land. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. Additionally, she w ...more

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