With the Fire on High

Title : With the Fire on High

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Published: August 12, 2019

My Rating 5/5

This book is flawless. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I have made Emoni Santiago her own room in my heart where I can keep checking up on her and think of all those people who had to grow up too fast, and all those adults who had to fight extra hard so that their kids can have the same opportunities as everyone else.

So what is With the Fire on High About ? I could tell you it’s about a latinx, teenage, single mom with the dream of becoming a chef and the opportunity to travel to Spain and learn about Spanish cuisine. That is what the blurb says anyways, but I found it to be about so much more than that. This book is about Accepting responsibility while wanting to enjoy life, having dreams but having to remain realistic and hold on to whatever opportunity presents itself. It is about being far away from family yet remaining close, about staying in touch with your culture and community.


𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗯𝘆𝗲.

With the Fire on High is a tough but gentle story that will enfold you in love and warmth and make you feel hopeful about life. It awoke feelings in me that had been long asleep and made me reflect on my past struggles and even understand some of my family members better.

This is my first book by Elizabeth Avacedo and she has become an auto-buy for me. Even after weeks have passed since I read the book, I cannot help but wonder about Emoni and how she might be doing now.

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