Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 27 minutes
First Published: 2019
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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.
Quotes from With the Fire on High
I’ve had a lot of things to feel ashamed about and I’ve learned most of them are other people’s problems, not mine.
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 who someone is.
And 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.
The world is a turntable that never stops spinning; as humans we merely choose the tracks we want to sit out and the ones that inspire us to dance.
Whatever we are to become, I’m glad that we can laugh through the uncomfortable moments.
About Elizabeth Acevedo
Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of three bestselling young adult novels, The Poet X, Clap When You Land, Family Lore, and With the Fire on High. She is also a National Poetry Slam Champion. Born in New York to Dominican immigrants, she currently lives in Washington, DC. Visit the author’s website →