If you love YA books with memorable, loveable characters, this summary of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo gives you everything you need to know about reading the book, including the plot summary and characters. And because this is a book pairings blog “where books meet lifestyle,” I have also provided some recommended lifestyle companions for you to enjoy with the book.
Review / Plot Summary of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Best for fans of diverse YA books with a lovable protagonist
From Elizabeth Acevedo — the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo was a “Bookstagram Made Me Do It” book for me. I was hearing all positive reviews about the plot and characters, and I tend to really enjoy YA books about diverse teens with unique voices, so I gave it a shot. And when I posted my own review of With the Fire on High book on Instagram, I never saw so many people comment consistently that they either loved the book or were adding it to their list. I knew then that it had the power to change lives.
The main character Emoni is a teen mom in Philadelphia grappling with motherhood and the decision between college and her passion for cooking amidst the backdrop of a diverse neighborhood and a trip to Spain. As with many teen books, her voice is unique, engrossing and refreshing. Sometimes, I think, YA books handle big issues the best because they create the most engaging characters and don’t come across as preachy.
The plot of the With the Fire on High book forces you to think about (and hopefully discuss with others as well) the options available to the main character, Emoni, and whether she made the right choice and why. There’s no easy answer, and you can draw upon both your own experiences and Emoni’s unique situation, as you try to walk a mile in her shoes, which is such an important part of potentially changing your outlook or world view.
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For more like With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo:
- Watch Teen Mom, your favorite cooking or travel show (I love Top Chef and Anthony Bourdain’s shows), or the diverse high school students in the Netflix show Never Have I Ever.
- Read more of the best Black Lives Matter books.
- Read more from my list of fave Philly reads.
- You may also enjoy the YA teenage European coming-of-age trip in Love & Gelato. (I loved this popular one!)
That concludes this summary of With the Fire on High with some recommended lifestyle companions for you to enjoy with the book.
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