C.G. Drews's Reviews > With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
11375137
's review

really liked it
bookshelves: 4-star, contemporary, young-adult, read-2019

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 and devotion to her baby 😭. And also her and Malachi were the softest, sweetest slowburn romance.

And it was filled with such important themes and discussions on race and expectations and assumptions. Emoni is black/Puerto Rican and she unpacks feelings about her culture and people's judgements of her that she had a baby at 15. And all the foodie scenes?! She has just this magic of knowing how to infuse and combine flavours and I adored reading how she grew and her cooking developed!!!

There is so so much heart is in this book. And my heart feels really full just after finishing it.
109 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read With the Fire on High.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

August 11, 2018 – Shelved
August 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 18, 2019 – Started Reading
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: 4-star
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: read-2019
August 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.