with the fire on highI think there was some point in the past where I rushed it and added With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo to my TBR based solely on the cover. Looking at the synopsis now, I’m slightly annoyed that I did so because it includes two things that I’m rather averse to. The first is contemporary novels. The second is cooking. Have I ever mentioned that I hate cooking? It’s funny, because I love good food. But cooking? Oh my skies, I can’t even begin with how much I hate cooking. It just feels like such a huge waste of my time.

Anyway, so I’ve pulled this one off because I’m fairly certain it’s not one I would enjoy. How about you, though?

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 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 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.

How do you feel about With the Fire on High? (I get the title now.) Is it a book you feel like you might want on your TBR or nah? What do you think about the cooking bit? What are your thoughts on a high school senior having a daughter in this novel? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!

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