With the Fire on High
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 Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daugh...more
Acevedo’s second novel centers around 17-year-old Afro-latina Emoni Santiago whose cooking is an instrument of wonder. When people t ...more
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.) ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
me, later that day: binge reads 300 pages of this book
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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