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  • ebook
  • 400 pages
  • With the Fire on High
  • Elizabeth Acevedo
  • 14 September 2014
  • 9780062662859

10 thoughts on “With the Fire on High

  1. says:

    With the Fire on High was soft enfolding light as a dusting of snow upon my forehead the kind of novel that deadens the harshness of the world and takes the sting from any barb I floated through the story as if set adrift in a lifeboat on a gently rocking sea Delight sluiced through me and I tingled with the giddy buoyancy of reading a book that made my heart feel like it had grown too large for the confines of my ribs No wonder then that when I turned the last page the entire world seemed to be oversaturated too bright too sharp swallowing the slice of light and returning me abruptly to darknessAcevedo’s second novel centers around 17 year old Afro latina Emoni Santiago whose cooking is an instrument of wonder When people taste Emoni’s food something deep inside them once misaligned shifts back into its proper place An aspiring chef she dreams of attending culinary school where she can tend her skills through practice and diligence like gardens until they gleamed beneath the sun But now whenever she sought those fantasies her 3 year old daughter’s face would not let them take root Raised by her grandmother Gloria whom she calls ‘Buela after her mother died and her father became a figurehead moving in and out of her life with little permanence Emoni is determined to be the best mother she could beWhen Emoni’s school announces a new culinary arts class that will culminate in a weeklong apprenticeship in Spain there was a ricochet of feeling in her a tentative swell of hope flinching back toward the firmer ground of hopelessness Emoni is not sure how long she can grasp after the tail end of her dream when so many responsibilities echoed through her mind like the tolling of a bell But Emoni’s will has always been unwaveringly strong When she got pregnant and the rumors and the snide remarks came thick as biting flies Emoni pulled her fearlessness forth mantling it like cream on every inch of her skin And she will be just as undaunted in the pursuit of her dreamsWith the Fire on High gripped me from the first couple chapters and I promptly slipped into the sheathing warmth within it Acevedo’s voice is resonant warm with a pull to it that reminds me of ocean tides You can tell the author has a strong background in poetry because the way she utilizes language throughout the novel is masterful Her prose so full of lyrical subtlety searing clarity and an understated assuredness scintillates The novel is also separated into sections each of which is introduced with recipes so rich they linger on the tongue; it was such a lovely additionThe heart of the book though is motherhood At that it triumphs magnificently With the Fire on High is simultaneously ardent and deferent The graceful sense of sympathy and wonder—and along with it a guarded hard won hope—are what make this novel dazzle even as a haze of helpless despair begins to creep through the pages More intimate than a diary Emoni’s narration wavers between funny and devastating Emoni is strong unyielding and there is a stunning vitality to her—her character gleams pearlescent lit up from within and it’s a delight to spend time with herThere is tenderness wounded into this book ineffable and aching And there’s despair thick in the air as winter mists But through it all threading them together like jewels on a golden string is a torrent of love The bottom falls out of Emoni’s dedication for her daughter proving it an abyss its depths unknown She carries her daughter’s heart in her chest and even when it seems that she has no hope and no solution she revels in what she has instead—a caring grandmother and a healthy child—and she fights to protect it from the scolding eyes of everyone elseBut the novel doesn’t shy away from the hardships studding Emoni’s path so many wants and hopes lap at Emoni in a ceaseless tide but difficult things are thrown her way in clumps and batches unmanageable and messy Acevedo’s touch however remains light even when hopelessness encroaches on the story and she surrounds Emoni with an unbending support system which includes Angelica Emoni’s ueer best friend Tyrone Emma’s dad who is steadily present in his daughter’s life and Emoni’s ‘Buela with her uiet unremittent love Even Emoni’s father a genuinely kind and generous person but who is dogged by the loss of his wife “the best of him” Emoni says “is reserved for strangers” but over the course of the novel he learns to extend that benevolence to his own family Emoni also meets Malachi a kind and handsome new student who indefatigably pursues her affections but never crosses her boundaries and Emoni’s heart thaws for him regardless of how much she tries to put her veneer of remoteness back firmly in place The romance that blooms between them is not only heart warming but also realisticOverall With the Fire on High is an immensely warm hearted treat that boldly gives voice to young women whose stories are often dismissed as cautionary tales It’s a uniue hearty story that you can easily breeze through over a weekend Trust me I binge read most  of this book and it was the best therapy session that I’ve ever had


  2. says:

    ARC provided in exchange for an honest review by Harper Collins Frenzy Thank youThis 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 damn beautiful


  3. says:

    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 🤤


  4. says:

    Five distinguished magical tasty heartwarming poignant and definitely exuisite firing stars Since I’ve read Laura Esuivel’s “ Like water for chocolate “ I started to enjoy reading books about talented cooks who pour their souls their secluded emotions their hopes and happiness into their food to create an art and serving one of the most pleasuring things of life by sharing their creativity Just like Emoni Santiago did with her gifted hands enduring soul Her food is her reflection of her love for her baby girl her Abuela who practically raised her her heritage her mom whom she never met her father even he abandoned her when she was little baby her pen friend aunt Sarah who loves sharing recipes and her best friend Angelica This book makes you smile feeds your soul touches and warms your heart It was an amazing also emotional journey to read the story of struggling Emoni She’s taking responsibility of her baby girl at some parts she also takes care of her Abuela and they change their roles to give her best opportunities even if she is still too young life pushes her growing faster to be a proper adult who also works after school to support her family When she starts taking culinary class she finally understands her life purpose She wants to be a chiefShe works hard does whatever it takes sweats in pain for fundraising of their trip to Spain to learn about international kitchens working as an intern of Spanish chiefs broadening her horizon and her skills With her trip to Spain she learns what a dream means and what she should do to fight against all the obstacles to make her dream come true Finally she understands she is not only a baby mama who accepts what life gives her if she wants something from deep in her heart she needs to work hard and learn to get what she wantsThe author achieves a perfect balance between realistic and poetic lyrical fiction that makes you love all the characters and accept them with their all flaws faults You feel like they’re your real family members lifetime friends your school teachers your boss or your boyfriend This is real genuine sincere heart melting gripping storyThere is only one side effect of it You gotta eat something or try the recipes of Emoni as soon as you finish itBut it’s worth to taste and definitely worth to read


  5. says:

    Flawless


  6. says:

    I loved this so much And I highly recommend the audiobook it's narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo herself 3


  7. says:

    I have an elaborate multistep book reviewing based plan for world dominationIf you are familiar with my reviews you know thisIf you are new here hello Also I plan to rule the worldNow that we’ve gotten the introductions out of the way It has come to my attention that another step must be added to my complex and foolproof planClearly there is some sort of young adult contemporary convention that myriad writers attend and are given the reuirements for their young adult contemporary You know the old “this book cannot contain the character doing homework unless she has a development arc in which at some point she no longer does it” and “bonus points for a summer setting andor a road trip andor an overly close best friendship that falls apart only to come back together”You know the drillObviously this conference exists if only for one reasonEVERY SINGLE YA CONTEMPORARY HAS A ROMANCE SUBPLOT NO MATTER HOW UNNECESSARYAnd in this case I would rate it “very” unnecessaryI enjoyed reading about our main character Emoni I loved her passion for cooking which is not something you see in YA a lot I loved her relationship with her daughter and her grandmother which ditto and ditto I loved her dedication her ambition her willingness to learn I LOVED that this was set in Philly go BirdsI just didn’t love the romanceTo me it felt like an afterthought that took away from the masterfulness of the other plotlines and left most characters I would have loved to hear about as flat extras Examples Emoni’s ex Tyrone does a sudden characterization al 180 and we have no reason to believe it because he only appears like twice in the whole thing Emoni’s child is apparently fully able to speak but has exactly one line of dialogue Etc etcUltimately some parts of this just felt rushed and I didn’t end up clicking with a lot of it even if I really liked the writing and the culture and the setting again go Eagles and I should read Acevedo books in the futureAnd that’s thatBottom line When I rule the world I’ll like this book everyone else seems to be spending their uarantine learning to cook and here i am living off of frozen pizza productsdesperately hoping this book motivates me to change my ways


  8. says:

    Here’s the thing these teachers forget that I have to make hard decisions every day With the Fire on High is all over the place on purpose — we get brief chapters that are simply glimpses into Emoni’s character and then get to continue on with the journey simply knowing about her This has the impact of course that it’s not a very plot driven book But for a story this character driven it is a brilliant choice 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 Emoni Santiago is a senior in high school considering the rest of her future with limited options after all she is the single mother to a child she had three years previous with her ex boyfriend But with the help of her grandmother her best friend a new boy at school and a new cooking class she might have further places to go Emoni as a heroine is instantly compelling strong brave but also at times vulnerable She is unsure of her readiness to participate in either her dreams or in emotional openness but also full of ambition Some of the arc of this book comes in her learning to lean into her vulnerabilities and risk things for her future happiness Emoni’s passion for cooking is so incredibly well written and I genuinely think it should be used as an example of how to write passion We are so in deep with her love for cooking that we immediately root for her to live her dream; we see her talent and see her potential and see how much she wants it but we also see the obstacles in her way and it just makes us want it for her I genuinely rooted for Emoni to become a chef on a level I barely feel for like will they won’t they romantic couples Emoni x happiness otpI really liked Malachi Emoni’s endearing bad boy exterior good boy interior love interest I love that Emoni doesn’t take his shit and keeps her role in the narrative; this romance is not her character arc but one part of her development into someone willing to participate in emotional vulnerability It is so about her That is not as common as it should be for female characters even leads Emoni’s grandmother father and best friend each felt like very fully realized characters as well and I loved seeing their interactions Maybe it’s than just a tale of two cities; it’s a tale of two neighborhoods On the one hand people are scared to come over here because they say this part of town is dangerous “undeveloped” and a part of me thinks good keep out then But everyone knows that the good things like farmers’ markets and updated grocery stores and consistent trash pickup only happen when outsiders move in What I loved most about this book is the deep and enduring respect it gives Emoni’s dreams It’s a book that explores cultural identity and Afro Latina identity responsibility and motherhood and the social alienation that comes with teen parenthood And within all that it still allows itself to dream Every day it seems ‘Buela is stepping back not just giving me full rein in Babygirl’s life but also in my own And I know I should love the freedom but I don’t think I’m ready for all the safety nets to be cut loose Doesn’t she know I still need her? That I still wish someone would look at the pieces of my life and tell me how to make sure they all fit back together? The thing is I wrote this whole review and I don't think I'm saying this right I don't think I can properly articulate what makes this book so good Except for this It is a book that is enduringly real but still hopeful and for that it will stay with me for a long long time Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |


  9. says:

    💛 Please check out Johely's amazing ownvoices review “And so at the age of four I learned someone could cry from a happy memory” With the Fire on High is an ownvoices story following an Afro Latinx main character named Emoni Emoni is a young mom who got pregnant her freshman year of high school but this book takes place during her senior year and her school just opened up registration for a culinary class Emoni has loved cooking and crafting recipes her entire life but she is apprehensive to sign up for the new class because at the end of the year there is a trip to Spain that she doesn’t think that she can afford Emoni lives with her abuela and even though her daughter’s father is in her daughter’s life he does not help out with expenses and money is very tight along with Emoni’s free time She is always working part time at a burger joint and for sure doesn’t have time to even think about dating until a new boy comes to the school and joins the brand new culinary class Elizabeth Acevedo's writing is just on another level Her passages and one liners leave me breathless and speechless You can tell that she puts her entire heart and soul into every line she delivers and it just makes this entire book shines so very brightly And the themes from being a young parent and motherhood and what it means to be both of those things when people judge you for them constantly To how sometimes family aren’t able to be what you wish they were whether that means closer in distance andor support To being mixed race and how Emoni’s Puerto Rican half will never erase her Black half regardless of what ignorant people choose to say “The whole of me is whole” This is a story about connecting with your cultures and loving all of the parts of yourself through food and through family and it’s honestly so expertly done and so beautifully executed Reading this entire story made me crave so many of the recipes that Emoni was making but it made me crave my family’s food and company so very fiercely Upon finishing I actually went to the store came home and made Pancit and felt so very happy and so very wholeOverall this is just such a beautiful book with such a beautiful message From feeling the closeness to Emoni both naturally and her trying her hardest to seeing the closeness of a community come together it just made for such a powerful read and really left me feeling every emotion Elizabeth Acevedo is a gift to the world and I can’t wait to read everything she will ever write Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchContent and Trigger Warnings Abandonment loss of a loved one in the past medical anxietyscares talk of abortion underage drinking and use of the word gpsy that is 100% completely challenged


  10. says:

    Given that I recently read a book about abortion I was particularly interested in this tale featuring a teenage girl who decides to keep her baby and struggles juggling school work and Babygirl The contrast between these two situations terminate a pregnancy and carrying it out is astounding but it just shows that we all should have the right to choose and in either situation we deserve respect and the freedom to work toward our dreams however high they may be A beautifully poetic story


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With the Fire on High[PDF / EPUB] 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 g With her daughter to care for and Fire on PDF/EPUB ã 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 With the eBook Î 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.


About the Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times Fire on PDF/EPUB ã bestselling author of The Poet X With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land Her critically acclaimed debut novel The Poet X won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Boston Globe Hornbook Award Additionally she With the eBook Î w.