With the Fire on High

Elizabeth Acevedo

fiction contemporary young adult
emotional hopeful inspiring fast-paced

400 pages | first published 2019

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.

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hopeful 83%
inspiring 78%
emotional 64%
lighthearted 36%
reflective 28%
funny 20%
relaxing 11%
adventurous 6%
challenging 4%
informative 2%
sad 1%
tense 1%
dark 0%


medium 52%
fast 42%
slow 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 1% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 16% | N/A: 4%

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