With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

.ePUB, 294 pages
Publication Date: May 7th 2019 by Quill Tree Books

About the Book:
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.

My Review:
Some days, when my feelings are like this, like a full pot of water with the fire on high, I don’t know what to cook. Plans and ideas escape my mind and instead I let my heart and hands take control, guided by a voice on the inside that tells me what goes where.

I read this book just for the joy or reading and Elizabeth Acevedo certainly has a way with words. I stumbled across this title look up black authors to read for Black History Month...(please don't hate on me I read black authors ALL the time but I wanted to make a point to do it this month) I am not into young adult fiction but this drew me in because I too had a baby while in high school. (I love to cook as well but that didn't happen until my thirties.)

While reading the book I could tell Elizabeth Acevedo was a writer of poetry and that's exactly what I would call this book...poetic. I felt all kids of feelings while reading and came too care about Emoni and her baby girl. This book touched me in all the right ways.

I just want to take a moment to give some cover love. I think it is absolutely gorgeous and it looks a lot like the author. It really caught my eye so kudos to the artist.


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