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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  7,335 ratings  ·  1,789 reviews
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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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 se ...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 🤤
(Bern) 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.
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 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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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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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 culina
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Emily May



ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🍒
Tatiana
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of feel-good stories
Shelves: 2019, ya, starred-2019-done, 4
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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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 he
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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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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 bab
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✩ Ashley ✩
3.5 Stars

Audiobook Performance: ★★★★

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Okay I’m calling it:

BEST DAMN COVER OF 2019!

*Loving it!!*
Britt / Basically Britt
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Such a wonderful audiobook!! I literally listened to it in half a day and really enjoyed it! <3
Mariah
At this point I’m starting to wonder if Elizabeth Acevedo is capable of writing anything but a 5 star masterpiece that’s relevant and rich with culture and spark.
I call witchcraft.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
All I have to say about this book is that, by the end, it had me trying not to cry into the food I was making. Elizabeth Acevedo did it again, y'all.
Rincey
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poc-author
A worthy follow up to an amazing debut
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I always love stories about young women growing their ambition and everything, but also, the cover of this is too beautiful i'm not fucking able to process it
Misster Reader
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
More like With My Feelings On High. Seriously, at this point Acevedo might as well take my credit card information, because I'm not even taking a second glance at whatever book she comes out with next before ordering it

Wow M, what is this glorious book about? Well Suzan, I’m glad you asked. With The Fire on High follows Emoni a Latinx sixteen year old mom. Since Emoni was little she’s had a strong passion for cooking. More than that: she’s good at it too. In fact, her dishes are known to have a
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Taylor
Okay, first of all: this cover is GORGEOUS.

Second: The premise sounds bomb af and I can't wait to read this!!
Katie.dorny
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I loved this. The writing is so simple, poetic and yet moved you - I was tearing up at the end, it had the sort of ending I love (says the girl who hates contemporary fiction).
The characters and the dynamics, it all clashed and flowed together wonderfully to create this novel.
I love Acevedo’s writing style; the way she mixes things up is so interesting and such a lovely breath of fresh air.
Diana
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I began reviewing this book in depth, I have to begin saying that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Plot, characters, all of it was superb.

I loved how the writter develops the narrative. You have small-ish chapters that make it easy to move from one to another, and the lecture grips you and doesn't let you go. You promise yourself just another chapter, 'cause they are short, right? But you can't put down this book, is that good. The narrative flourishes, is easy to read and is really well constructe
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laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Buddy Read with Shorouk and Dolinka for The Procrastinators Book Club

Emoni Santiago has a lot on her plate—juggling school, a part time job at the Burger Joint, and a toddler. But she has a passion for cooking and a dream, and she's not going to let anything stop her.

This is fucking amazing.

I think Elizabeth Acevedo is now one of my auto-buy (or auto request from the library) authors. I was late on the game in reading The Poet X, but that was amazing.

With the Fire on High is a completely differe
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Stephanie Gillespie
ARC received by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

"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."

The first time I saw the cover of this book I fell in love, it is so gorgeous!! This book means so much to me! This story was very empowering. Emoni was such a strong character and full of passion. Also the amount of representation in the book was excellent. Emoni is part Puerto-Rican and Black and a  te
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Vicky Who Reads
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected nothing less than greatness from Elizabeth Acevedo
Malanie
"My father is Puerto Rican, and he's darker than my mom was, and her whole family is straight-from-the-Carolina's Black. And her hair was just as curly as mine. Not all Black women, or Latinas, look the same."

I would like it to be known that Emoni is a badass teen parent + such a loving/hard-working mother to her smol tiny daughter Emma. Emoni feels SO REAL, from her dialogue to the way she confronts struggles.I loved her + loved every time she cooked something delicious. I want Emoni to coo
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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
“And 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.” 11 likes
“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.” 8 likes
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