I picked up With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo for two reasons: I had heard it was an excellent story; and the cover is absolutely stunning. The story is about a teenage girl who fell pregnant when fourteen. It centres on a young girl, Emoni, who loves cooking and has a special talent for it. She is a child on the cusp of becoming a woman and she has to find her place in the world despite all the obstacles in her way.
I am currently reading this novel and would like to share with you an extract from the beginning of the story that resonated with me:
“I just take another bite of my sandwich, close my eyes, and savor, because I can’t think of a single way to make my life more how I imagine it, but I can imagine a hundred ways to make this sandwich better. And sometimes focusing on what you can control is the only way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can’t.” (p28, Harper Teen, 2019)
I am enjoying this Young Adult novel that contains a positive story.
Would you open the pages of this novel?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020
(This novel is the 92nd novel in this year’s book pledge. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by The Purple Booker.)