Book Review: With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

4/5 Stars!

“One of the first things you ask and learn about someone is where they stay. Where we come from leaves its fingerprints all over us, and if you know how to read the signs of a place, you know a little bit more about who someone is.”
This book was just pure fun! It was also incredibly insightful and compelling and I’ll read anything Elizabeth Acevedo puts out there from now on!
Emoni Santiago is a senior in high school, and for the last couple of years, her life has been all about sacrifice – mostly due to having her daughter when she was only a freshman. Emoni is responsible for a little life, so the decisions she makes have to be sound and mature and account for her Babygirl. Emoni doesn’t know where her life is headed after her senior year. Will she be able to go to college? Will she be able to get a job? One thing that has been firm throughout her life: her talent in the kitchen! Emoni’s food is delicious, mood-lifting, and unique. Will Emoni’s affinity for cooking give her the opportunities to fulfill her dreams?
Emoni was just such an easy character to read and I liked her so much. I wanted this book to be nonfiction so there was an actual Emoni that I could meet in real life; I had so much respect for how she handled her life after having a baby at such a young age. There are so many little lessons in this book about how to treat someone with respect and deal with what life hands you, and I found them to be very profound and a pleasant surprise in a YA novel. This is a fast read that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and also quite hungry 😉

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