Book Review: With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Looking for your next read? Check out With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Janice C.

“With The Fire on High” is a first-person narrative, through the eyes of the protagonist Emoni Santiago. Emoni, a teen mother, has a certain amount of maturity as the work begins but is conflicted on many issues that prevent her coming-of-age process.

Most notably, there is a tension between Emoni's need to be a good mother to her daughter Emma (Baby Girl) while at the same time establishing herself as a woman. The emphasis on Emoni's perspective as a mother becomes more complicated by her mother's death and the absence of her father.

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