With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

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Image result for with the fire on high"Title: With the Fire on High
Series: standalone
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: young adult contemporary
Pages: 400
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

This review is spoiler-free.

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Synopsis

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

[ This synopsis is from Goodreads. ]

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YA Books Set in Schools

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the back-to-school spirit right now. Everywhere I turn I see school supplies and backpacks. Online, there are so many back-to-school deals. On YouTube, people who look like they’ve graduated years ago give young students advice. It got me thinking, what could I contribute to the back-to-school frenzy? I’d have crappy school advice, but I do know YA books! Why not recommend some good YA books that are set at school?

Whether you’re already in school, about to go, or done with school and want to reminisce about your past as a student, here are some YA books with school settings!

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YA Character Superlatives

I’m back from the dead (for a little bit)! I found myself wanting to write something because I’m happy to announce that I got a new laptop (my old one was about to turn eight years old and barely functions).

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Exploding batteries aside, I wanted to write a little post reflecting the end of the school year. One thing I always look forward to is the superlatives. Of course, I never was nominated for a superlative because I’m not that well-known among the students or teachers, but I don’t mind because I like keeping a low profile.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to put YA characters to the test and see which superlatives they would get if they were in school.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review

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Related imageTitle: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Series: Creekwood, #1
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published: April 7, 2017
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Pages: 303
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

This review does not contain spoilers.

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