❥ Title: With The Fire On High
❥ Author: Elizabeth Acevado
❥ Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
❥ Publisher: Harper Teen
❥ Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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 time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.
Synopsis taken from Goodreads
I will be honest, With The Fire on High caught my eye because of the cover. I mean, have seen the incredible artwork? Have you seen the gorgeous print on the hardcover? Have you?
With The Fire On High is certainly a gorgeous book but it is also an incredible story. One that made me hungry, very hungry. I felt All Of The Emotions while reading it – from feeling hungry to butterflies in my stomach and even to feeling like everything will be okay in life eventually. Elizabeth Acevado just has a way of making the story jump out at you and caress your soul. Everything feels real about her characters and stories.
Emoni was a beautifully written character and I kept forgetting she was still in high school because of how mature she is and how many things she was juggling at once. I absolutely love the representation of teenage motherhood – I’ve honestly never come across a book that features a teen mum as the protagonist (that might be of my own doing). It was done so tastefully! There were no cliches like you would see on TV and I loved that!
Emoni was simply herself. She felt like a friend that I haven’t seen in a while and we were having coffee while she was telling about everything that has been happening in her life. And, maybe throw in a dinner party at her house because the parts where she was cooking felt so real. I absolutely adored the recipes in this book and I am definitely going to try and make some of them at home. I’ll probably fail but I’ll still try…
Malachi was oh so very dreamy the whole book (yes, he is yet another name on my book boyfriend list!) That’s all I have to say about that!
Overall, this was an amazing read! With The Fire on High is a coming of age story that features incredible descriptions – no surprise because Acevado is a genius with language! The story was incredible ode to motherhood and shows that a woman can be an incredible mother at any age!
Until Next Time,