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With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High


With the Fire on High

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Lansat:
7 mai 2019
ISBN:
9780062886781
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Descriere

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.

Lansat:
7 mai 2019
ISBN:
9780062886781
Format:
Carte audio

Despre autor

Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X—which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award—as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.


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  • (4/5)
    A lovely book about a fantastic young woman, her family and friends. Emoni's senior year in high school is filled with challenge, especially balancing school work with caring for her baby, even with her grandmother's help. A chance to do what she loves best, being in a kitchen, creating, may open up her life to be her best self. If she can balance all the other things going on in her life and her fear of going for it. Loved the positive, strong lead character and the portrayals of those most important in her life, including an interesting new guy.An excellent YA novel by the author of The Poet X.
  • (5/5)
    LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I loved the characters, the layout, the recipes, the plot, and that beautiful ass cover. How can you not pick up this book with a gorgeous cover like this? Emoni has a lot on her plate. Not only is she a senior trying to figure out what her future after high school will be; but she lives at home with her grandma and two year old daughter, works part time, and tries to excel in class. Emoni's real passion is her daughter and cooking. She can whip up recipes that will make the strongest men cry, and whenever she is overwhelmed she feels safest in the kitchen. When her high school offers an immersive culinary class that will have a week long study abroad component in Spain, Emoni is torn. How can she afford to go and how can she leave Babygirl alone for a week? Is wanting to take this class selfish of her? To make matters worse, that good looking boy Malachi is in that class. She doesn't have time for boys and their nonsense. A wonderful book about taking risks, putting family first, and realizing that just because your path doesn't look the same as someone else; doesn't mean it is any better or worse. A truly wonderful book that will resonate with many readers.
  • (3/5)
    A sprightly paced page-turner about a 17yr old high school senior with a toddler from her first boyfriend, a grandmother who raised her after her mother's death and her father's abandonment and a magic touch with food. The charter school she attends is offering a culinary arts class and taking it may be an extra burden or the doorway to a new future. The toddler is only ill in one chapter and difficulties are raised only to melt away. So not a bad read, but total fantasy.
  • (5/5)
    A heartwarming story with a positive message. Empowerment with a capital E.It's refreshing to read a contemporary story, with hints of magical realism, starring a Black teen mom doing what she needed to do to make a good life for her daughter - a daughter she didn't view as a burden; a daughter who she adored and loved - AND living true to her dreams and goals all while going through the struggle of new motherhood within low income limitations. WITH the support of the grandmother who raised her; a grandmother who makes it clear Emoni is the mother and Emoni is raising Emma - 'Buela is there to help, not do the job. WITH the support of a best friend who is a true friend. And Emoni is a true friend to her. And with the opportunity to date a solid, trustworthy young man, if SHE chooses to.I LOVED how Acevedo shows teen moms aren't on a one-way trip to ruin. Many people view teen pregnancy as the end of the young mother's life, the death of her goals and dreams. When, really, it's only a detour, and sometimes you can discover some amazing things when you're forced to take a different route. (Granted, there are many teen moms who don't have the support and opportunities Emoni has in this story. But that's a whole other story.) I LOVED how Acevedo shows Emoni thinking outside the box to reach her end goal. She doesn't do what everyone tells her she "should" do; she does what she thinks best for her and Emma, what she feels in her gut is the best way forward on her journey.Highly recommended.(I wish I could've handed this to my friends who were teen moms when we were in high school. They weren't like the melodramatic narcissists you see on TV. They were just young women doing their best by their kids and themselves. Despite guidance counselors telling them they'd never amount to anything "now" and wanting to quarantine them from the rest of the school... like they were contagious. They didn't all rise to the challenge, of course, but two did, and I wonder what the others could've achieved if they'd had less judgement and more support.)
  • (4/5)
    Emoni Santiago, a senior in high school, loves to cook. She also loves her two year old daughter. Being a mom means she has more responsibilities and less freedom than most high school students. Yet as a senior, her life is changing quickly and in major ways. When she joins a culinary arts class in school, and gets the chance to travel to Spain with her class, she learns to rely on herself to make the decisions that are best for her.
  • (5/5)
    Elizabeth Acevedo came to the high school where I work last year and absolutely rocked the house. Her reading in front of the entire school was amazing, and her smaller sessions with students were open, thoughtful and so meaningful for all of them. In other words--I am a huge fan before adding her books to the mix. The Poet X is a lyrical, powerful work that I love, but more importantly, every student I have given it to has loved it. It was definitely the most read, requested and handed around book at our library for the past year.I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her new book, With the Fire On High, and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC through Edelweiss+. Fire is a change for the poet in that the book is not in verse, but Acevedo proves the even in prose she can create an emotional and memorable narrative. Like Poet X, the story revolves around a talented teen trying to find her voice; this time the main character, Emoni, uses cooking as her medium to express herself. Emoni finds herself facing many typical teen challenges, but also some unique ones. The story moves along smoothly and the writing is strong; if it sometimes moves into cliche territory Acevedo’s beautiful touch and dynamic voice always manage to pull it back into something special. I can’t wait to share this book with all of my students.
  • (5/5)
    Poet X was a favorite book so far this year, coupled with On the Come Up. And, just as Thomas's second book was a departure from her first but equally well written and engaging, Elizabeth Acevedo's new book, With the Fire On High was a joy to read. She titled her last section 'Bittersweet' and that is how I felt at the end of the story. I connected with the main character, Emoni, immediately, as we are plunged into her world of being a single mom heading into her senior year in high school. She juggles a baby, a job, her grandmother and father, a budding romance and the baby's father, all the while finding out how to pursue her own dream of being a chef. We see the world through eyes but she is honest enough to tell us how others see her. It isn't always flattering and she is able to acknowledge when she has let her own ego or prejudices get in the way.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book, it kept me wanting to hear more. I am so glad I listened to it.
  • (4/5)
    I really loved this YA read and the in-depth perspective of balancing life as a teen mom. This book is full of obstacles, but you are thrown into a hustle like non other. I loved the flavor of incorporating her dreams and perspective through recipes. If you are looking for a quick read in a poetic young readers voice this is the book for you.
  • (5/5)
    Such a heartwarming and motivating book. I think someone can find some kind of inspiration from it.
  • (4/5)
    This book is slow paced but worth it. It’s probably more like a 3.5 ⭐️ for me but that’s because I don’t usually read books likes this. I think if that’s your jam, you will absolutely love it ! Lots of feels towards the end. I almost teared up and I’m pretty sure that if i hadn’t been reading it in a public place I would have cried.
  • (5/5)
    I love it and the authors narration brought it to life.
  • (5/5)
    This is my favorite book so far this year, no doubt!
  • (5/5)
    Oh this boook!! It is amazing in a million ways, but listening to the audio is a whole new world. Her lyricism, the descriptive metaphors, the relatable life story, all bringing me to tears over and over. ??? this book!
  • (5/5)
    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to that was read by the author. She truly brought the story to life.
  • (5/5)
    Such an amazing book!! Elizabeth Acavedo’s voice was just perfect!! I will definitely be rereading/ listening to the book! I even had to go out and buy a physical copy!
  • (4/5)
    As always, amazing. The narration is perfect, the story is adorable.
  • (5/5)
    My younger self needed this book.
    With the Fire on High, is a book I needed as a teenager. It makes my heart so warm that younger readers can devourer. It is one of the first books that I've read that has featured a representation of me in it. As a Boricua myself, the familiar recipes, the Spanish that is intertwined between english, the journey of discovering yourself, your culture and relationship to it and the struggle to follow your dreams are all things that I and I'm sure many others can relate to.
    Elizabeth Acevedo has such a way with words to convey a story so beautifully, and powerfully at the same time. I love that she is writing about the Latinx community, because representation is so important for self development. If you love Poet X you will love With the Fire on High! If you haven't read it yet, What are you waiting for?!
  • (5/5)
    The writing and the narration both by the author were beautiful
  • (5/5)
    Everybody needs this, so blunt and beautiful. I’m in love
  • (5/5)
    this was SO GOOD. the story is amazing and heartwarming, and elizabeth acevedo’s narration makes even better.
  • (5/5)
    Such a great book that tells about a young single mother journey to follow her dreams. it had the right amount of emotions without being over dramatic. I loved seeing how the character developed and loved the ending, overall an amazing book!
  • (5/5)
    Read PoetX last year and really, really enjoyed it. It was a great book and I related to the main character in a lot of ways, especially in terms of the rough relationships with mom. But this book definitely held its own. It might have even outdid PoetX, given the way I was so immersed with the story. It was soooooooooo good
  • (5/5)
    Something worth devouring. Food and words will pique your interest!

    The authenticity of the character drew me in even if I don't exactly have the same plight of the character. The food info tidbits and the unique culture embedded seamlessly in the story make it "not another YA character needs to go to college" story. Hard topics were tackled (ex. teen pregnancy, being POC) without romanticizing it or also making it feel heavy. Narration, of course, makes it all the more colorful and engaging.
  • (5/5)
    AMAZING!! Elizabeth Acevedo has a beautiful style of writing ! She will be an auto buy for me from now on.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it!! I felt like I was reliving my teen years and wishing I was as brave!
  • (5/5)
    This was one of my favourite reads so far this year! I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Acevedo, from her slam poetry to The Poet X, and now to this gem. I can't wait to read Clap When You Land next. If you have yet to listen to her powerful, poetic words, please do yourself a favour and listen to the audiobooks. Better yet, follow along to the physical book to be fully immersed in the story. I am sure I found a new favourite YA author and wonder what took me so long to read her works. I won't make that mistake again. Happy reading! ?
  • (5/5)
    Amazing. Emoni is a fantastic character and Elizabeth Acevado is so great at narrating her own work. Get into it!
  • (5/5)
    I loved it? so much
    Elizabeth Acevedo, you are cool
  • (5/5)
    This is a coming of age journey that is all about women supporting women and about culture. I'm not latinx nor black and Emonis story is nothing like my own, and yet I still felt a deep connection to her and to her story. I look up to her even though she's younger than me. The prose is amazing, not too fluffy and metaforical, but exactly just right for this story. The relationship takes a step back in this story, the cherry on top instead of the batter, and I've really been wishing for a story like that for a while. It's amazing go and read it!!