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Category Archives: Coming of Age

With the Fire on High

Title: With the Fire on High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Type: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary
Pages: 388
Rating: 5/5

“Trust. Yourself, mainly, but the world too. There is magic working in your favor”

I was immediately drawn in by this gorgeous cover. It’s absolutely stunning! The story did not disappoint either. With the Fire on High is a coming of age story about Emoni Santiago who became pregnant as a freshman in high school. She always makes the best decisions for her daughter and her abuela who raised her. The one place she can break free and let loose is the kitchen where she makes elaborate meals for friends and family. When she is a senior in high school a new culinary arts elective because available and she feels like it’s a great opportunity. Emoni wants to work in a kitchen when she graduates high school but with a daughter she feels that dream might be impossible. It’s a story about growth, love and cooking!

This story is a masterpiece and I highly recommend you read it. There was not a single character I didn’t like, they were all well developed. I loved the descriptions of the food, it made my mouth water. I also loved how when people ate Emoni’s meals they connected the flavors to a memory or emotion. I also feel like Emoni is a powerful role model for readers who are just like her, single young moms trying to navigate the world. This is probably one of my favorite reads this year and my review isn’t doing it any justice. Check it out!

Category Archives: Coming of Age

The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Review

Title: The Girl With the Louding Voice
Author: Abi Daré
Type: Contemporary, Cultural, Coming of Age
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published: 2020
Pages: 384
Stars: 5/5

That is this book about?
Adunni, age 14, a poor girl living in Nigeria just wants to find her place in this world. She wants to go to school and become a teacher but when her mother dies she is forced to make some sacrifices. Adunni refuses to give up on her dreams and will fight to keep them alive.

What did I think?
Wow! Wow! Wow! This will easily be on my top 10 for 2020. The book is so beautifully written, the storyline, the plot, the characters. Love Love Love! I truly enjoyed following Adunni on her journey and I was so sad when it was over. I love when I finish book and I’m left with wanting to what the future holds for these characters, wanting to continue to watch their life unfold. I am not going to lie when I saw the style of writing in this book, I almost didn’t pick as my BOTM. I am so glad that I picked it anyway. Stop what you are doing right now, buy this book and read it. I promise you will not regret it!

Category Archives: Coming of Age

Dear Edward Book Review

Title: Dear Edward
Author: Ann Napolitano
Type: Contemporary Fiction, Coming of Age
Publisher: Dial Press
Published: 2020
Pages: 352
Stars: 4/5

What is this book about?
Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash. You follow along with Edward has he heals both physically and emotionally as he struggles to navigate his new life without his mom, dad and brother. He finds solace when he begins to connect with some of the families who lost loved ones in the crash.

What did I think?
I very much enjoyed this book. I knew when I was two chapters in that I was going to love it. It has two timelines, before the crash and after the crash. You learn very early on (that is if you didn’t read anything about the book), that there is a plane crash. It is emotionally draining because you know these characters that the author is introducing to you are going to die. I found myself hoping and wishing for a different outcome even though I knew that wasn’t going to happen. There were so many wonderful characters in this book. The book made me cry and laugh. I felt both happy and sad. I highly recommend it. My only wish is that I somehow would have learned more about Edward and his relationship with his brother, Jordan.

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