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.
1. Do you like hard hitting female characters? Strong but beautifully emotional women? You’ll love Emoni! She was so freaking inspiring I just loved her character. She’s complex, she’s a mother, a teenager, an aspiring chef but most of all she’s all of us. Loved how well the author portrayed this character.
2. Do you love food? Yes of course you do! Food is at the forefront in With The Fire On High. The descriptions were excellent I could smell everything the author described. I just love it when food is so expertly described in novels.
3. Do you enjoy reading about complex family dynamics? If yes this is the book for you. The story is seeped in culture and dysfunctional family relations. There were so many layers to this book regarding family in particular that it brought another element to the story. So fantastic!
I loved the flavour of this book and really enjoyed it as a contemporary read. Highly recommend!
**Thank you so much HCC Frenzy for sending me the ARC in exchange for an honest review.**