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With the Fire on High

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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
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Quill Tree Books
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chai ♡
Acevedo’s second novel centers around 17-year-old Emoni Santiago whose cooking is an instrument of wonder. An aspiring chef, Emoni dreams of attending culinary school where she can hone her skills, but now whenever she seeks those fantasies, her 3-year-old daughter’s face will not let them take root. Raised by her grandmother Gloria after her mother died and her father became a figurehead moving in and out of her life with little permanence, Emoni is determined to be the best mother she could be ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, owned, contemporary
*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 🤤
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
Lala BooksandLala
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this so much! And I highly recommend the audiobook (it's narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo herself) <3 ...more
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
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
💛 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
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
“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
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books, 2019, 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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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.

I read Acevedo's debut novel, The Poet X last year and I was impressed by her words and moved by the story. When her sophomore novel, With the Fire on High came out, I picked it up straight away. Honestly, I loved this one so much more than her first book. The story was fantastic and it's by far the best YA book I've read this y
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
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
bruh this cover fire
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: starred-2019, 4, 2019, ya
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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
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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May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-contemporary
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 🍒
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This is literally one of the most stunning covers I've ever seen. Wow. ...more
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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.
Kezia Duah
Feb 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
One thing I love about reading is how it can make me think about something I don’t usually think about. From this book, I got to think more about teen pregnancy and cooking. The way Acevedo describes Emoni’s love for cooking in this book is just beautiful.

Emoni Santiago has a child, and she is a senior in high school. From early on, we see how the world can be unfair to girls in her situation and not give the same energy to the baby’s father. It really baffles me when the world does this.
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!
Dec 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I liked this. Liked, not loved. I’m familiar with Elizabeth Acevedo mostly through her novels in verse, but I was excited to see her try her hand at contemporary YA fiction in the form of a traditional novel!

Emoni Santiago is a compelling protagonist. She’s been through a lot in her seventeen years, including losing her mother, her father leaving, getting pregnant in her freshman year of high school—but she still has so much passion for what she loves. Emoni wants to be professional chef, but h
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
“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
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
Jun 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading for Hispanic Heritage Month

I am having such good luck this month. I really should not have waited to read all of these Latinx books, but boy do I love a themed read.

Emoni is Afro Puerto Rican. She got pregnant her freshman year and is raising the baby with the help of her grandmother. Like Olga Dies Dreaming, her father spends more time helping the underprivileged than he does her. Some people shouldn't be parents.

She is a great cook that dreams of becoming a chef. While she throws toget
♛ 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.

- 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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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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