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From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiagos life has been about making the tough decisionsdoing what has to be done for her daughter

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
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 ...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 🤤
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five distinguished, magical, tasty, heartwarming, poignant and definitely exquisite firing stars!

Since Ive read Laura Esquivels 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 her
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Chloe
I loved this so much! And I highly recommend the audiobook (it's narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo herself) <3
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 is
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BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
"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
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Lola
Given that I recently read a book about abortion, I was particularly interested in this tale featuring a teenage girl who decides to keep her baby and struggles juggling school, work and Babygirl. The contrast between these two situations (terminate a pregnancy and carrying it out) is astounding but it just shows that we all should have the right to choose and in either situation we deserve respect and the freedom to work toward our dreams, however high they may be. A beautifully poetic story.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
With the Fire on High is all over the place on purpose we get brief chapters that are simply glimpses into Emonis character, and then get to continue on with the journey simply knowing more about her. This has the impact, of course, that its 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 way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can't.

Emoni Santiago is a
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C.G. Drews
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 ...more
Nick
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
bruh this cover fire
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is literally one of the most stunning covers I've ever seen. Wow.
Tucker
Jan 07, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latinx-rep, reviewed
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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me: writes a blog post complaining about how Im going through a reading slump

me, later that day: binge reads 300 pages of this book
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ashley Nuckles
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will read anything with Elizabeth Acevedos writing. Enough said lol. ...more
Tatiana
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of feel-good stories
Shelves: ya, 4, starred-2019, 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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emma
Mar 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
everyone else seems to be spending their quarantine learning to cook, and here i am, living off of frozen pizza products.

desperately hoping this book motivates me to change my ways
Larry H
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 of
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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, its narrated by the author and was so amazing! ...more
Emily May



ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🍒
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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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 between
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Carmen
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ❤ ...more
Mari



I knew I was going to love this, and I did. Acevedo's first book was told in verse, and this her second keeps the same sort of punchy style. It isn't quite lyrical, but it is told thoughtfully and with economy. Her chapters are short and it felt like we were flipping through scenes and watching how it all painted this larger pictures of a complicated life and the complications of dreams vs reality. The way Acevedo navigated the space between Emoni's specific story and making larger
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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
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
"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."

trigger warnings: underage sex between an 18yo and a 14yo (yikes), death of a parent from childbirth (in the past), absent parents, death of a loved one from a shooting (in the past), slurs - challenged (g*psy).

representation: teen mum, f/f side relationship (bestie is a lesbian), MC is half Puerto Rican & African American, disability from a
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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

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