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 Santiagos life has been about making the tough decisionsdoing what has to be done for her daughter...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.)
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 ...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 is ...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 death ...more
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 ...more
me, later that day: binge reads 300 pages of this book ...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
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 ...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
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 ...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
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 between ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more