With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

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.

Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, ©2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062662835
Branch Call Number: YA ACE
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 22 cm


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faye_bb Jun 04, 2019

Emoni loves cooking and dreams of being a chef after graduation. That dream seems almost impossible when she has to put her infant daughter and Abuela first.

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Jun 15, 2019

I really enjoyed this book, so heart felt. Best summer book so far.

Jun 10, 2019

This book is as lovely as its cover - a real treat for the eyes and the imagination. The story is brimming with rounded and flawed characters who face life in ways that feel at times inspiring, at others disheartening. The dishes the heroine concocts leapt off the page and onto my taste buds, making this a true "feast" for the senses!

Jun 02, 2019

Unflinchingly captures the stress the high school years can bring, especially for working-class kids with adult responsibilities. But the pages are also filled with light and love. Emoni is a well-balanced character, a girl who’s grown up fast and hard but still has a lot to figure out. Her cooking is interwoven with her cultural heritage (Afro-Puerto Rican and African-American) and connects her to her dead mother and absent father. The descriptions of food were rich and mouthwatering, the traces of magical realism affecting and never heavy-handed. I didn’t doubt Emoni’s commitment to becoming a chef for an instant, and I liked her relationships with her mentors, who never come off as comically harsh or unrealistically knowing. All the relationships in this book are well-written, from tense family dynamics to strained but civil co-parenting to a sweet, slow romance.

VaughanPLDaniela May 27, 2019

The beautiful story of a young woman named Emoni and her search for self discovery after becoming pregnant in freshman year. As a fan of The Poet X (Acevedo's debut novel), I waited with anticipation for the second novel from the award winning author and I was not disappointed. This is a touching novel of what it means to face adversity, make tough decisions and persevere at a very tender age.

JCLEmmaF Apr 23, 2019

I could cry. This book is so lush and warm and bright and honest and full of love. Acevedo is one of the best authors I’ve read in a long time. So beautiful.
Emoni is a single mama, a girl who adores cooking, and a high school senior. This life is so full of pressure and heartache, but so full of love. Highly recommend, not just for the story, but also for the beautiful writing.

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