“She says it was the best thing she’d ever eaten. How it made her whole day better, sweeter. Says a memory of Puerto Rico she hadn’t thought about in years reached out like an island hammock and cradled her close.”
Emoni Santiago is a high school senior, but she’s already got the world on her shoulders — or in her arms. As a teen mom, Emoni works hard to support her daughter alongside her grandmother, juggling school and her job at the local burger spot. She knows what needs to get done and how to handle them. But the kitchen is the one place where she can let all of that go and just be. When a new culinary arts class becomes available to her at school, along with a trip to Spain that seems like a dream come true, Emoni is suddenly faced with a whole new set of tough decisions to make.
Just when I thought my love of Elizabeth Acevedo couldn’t get any bigger, she goes and makes me feel seen in the ways I didn’t know I needed. Continue reading “Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo”