With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Format: eBook (eARC)
Source: Publisher via Edeleweiss
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Publication Date: 7th May 2019
“Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.
Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.”
My Thoughts & Review
Oh my, WHY didn’t I read this one sooner. I’ve had an eARC of this book forever and I only just got around to reading it. I want to cry for not reading it sooner. This was such a great read. It was such a rich and vibrant read.
In this book we follow Emoni’s journey through senior year, as she juggles school life, work life and life as a teenage mum and we follow as her as she struggles to put her own needs and dreams first.
The writing was just so beautiful. It felt simple yet poetic in a way I can’t explain. You can definitely tell Acevedo has put her whole heart and soul into writing this book. Oh, and the descriptions and recipes in this book made my mouth water. I would love to try out some of the recipes included in this book. Also, I found lots of beautiful quotes which I will share in my favourite books quotes of the week soon.
The character’s in this book where really well done. They felt so realistic and I took a liking to all of them except one and that was the father of Emoni’s baby girl. Emoni, our protagonist was definitely my favourite. She is so kind and passionate about everything she does. She always puts other first, especially her baby girl. The relationship and connection that Emoni has with her daughter is one mof my favourite aspects of the book. I love the fact that this story shows a positive message to teenage mothers. It shows that motherhood does not necessarily mean you have to give up on your dreams, and that setting a career path does not make you a bad mother.
This was such a fab read and I really can’t express exactly how much I loved it in this review. But, if you haven’t read this one yet I highly recommend you give it.
I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publishers for a copy of my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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