With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High

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 mone...

Details With the Fire on High

TitleWith the Fire on High
Release DateMay 7th, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews With the Fire on High

  • شيماء ✨
    ✨Full review now posted HERE on my blog ✨I binge read most of this book and it was the best therapy session I've ever had
  • 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 da...
  • 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 ra...
  • chan ☆
    a fantastic prose novel from a fantastic authorI'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 ...
  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    ✩ 3.5 Stars ✩Audiobook Performance: ★★★★——————————————— Okay I’m calling it: ♡ BEST DAMN COVER OF 2019! ♡*Loving it!!*
  • Carmen
    "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 n...
  • Tatiana
    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 n...
  • Rincey
    A worthy follow up to an amazing debut
  • 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 se...
  • 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.
  • Katie.dorny
    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
    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 flouris...
  • 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.
  • 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 excel...
  • 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...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    I expected nothing less than greatness from Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    A masterpiece. Inspiring, heartfelt, and oh so HAPPY - officially my favorite YA of the year!
  • Mara
    Well, this made me cry no fewer than three times. And made me hungry. This isn't usually my favorite type of book genre-wise, but the beauty of the writing here is undeniable. Definitely recommend (also that cover design! Gorg!)
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    I almost wanted a little bit more magic from this novel but it was such an enjoyable read with a wonderful main character!
  • Kelsea
    Whew! This one hit me right in the feels. I loved every piece of this story. Delicious food, exploring heritage, living paycheck-to-paycheck, non-traditional family structures, supportive female friendships, fighting against stereotypes, teen pregnancy, motherhood, following your dreams... it really had it all!Emoni is such a lively character - I loved her as a YA protagonist! She’s interesting and imperfect... and she grows so much throughout ...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This book was SO GOOD Y'ALL. I kept having to take breaks because the sentences were just so beautiful that I wanted to make sure they were etched in my memory forever. I just don't know a single negative thing to say about this book? It was so gorgeous? I loved all of the characters so much? Just, AAAAAAAH.
  • Misster Reader
    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 itWow 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 ...