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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
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really liked it
bookshelves: 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.
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Reading Progress

August 11, 2018 – Shelved
August 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 18, 2019 – Started Reading
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

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