With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Review:

Okay so… I am absolutely obsessed with this book. It was my favorite young adult read of the year thus far. As a girl from Philadelphia, I needed this book in my life and I didn’t even know it.

It starts off with Emoni Santiago, a teen mom to a little girl named Emma, who loves to cook. She lives with her grandmother (her Abuela) and is a senior in high school. From the very beginning, you see that Emoni does everything for the two people that mean the most to her, but wants to have a successful career in the culinary industry. When a program comes to her high school, she signs up for the class immediately. With this class, there’s an opportunity to take a trip to Spain to learn more about the culinary arts and Emoni wants to go. It may seem impossible at that moment, but she wants to do everything she can to get on that trip.

When a boy in her culinary class starts to pursue her, Emoni doesn’t know what to do. He wants to be in her life and she doesn’t know what to do because of her past and current life. She worked, took care of her baby girl and her grandmother. Nevertheless, he persisted and Emoni found herself falling for him. This honestly was my favorite part of the book. Emoni found her feelings and really grew this part. She realized what was best for her and how things would turn out. Also, even though I am a massive romance novel buff, her love interest wasn’t the main focus of this book. Making this novel about her growth and showing herself what’s truly best for her and her child was the best part. This is why it got such a high rating from me.

Another thing that this book did so beautifully was give the perspective of a teen mom. They always get a bad reputation and Emoni really let herself PREACH all of the stereotypes and how wrong they were. She was a proving character that worked hard at a young age to provide what she needed to.

Lastly, let me just say, being from Philadelphia – this book will hold a special place in my heart. When hearing the terms “Center City”, “jawn”, “Oxford Circle” and more, I began to really swoon over this book because it held such an emotional connection for me. Elizabeth Acevedo really did her research because the terminology was phenomenal and I felt right at home.

July 2019 Reads

Number of Books Read: 27
Avg. Rating of the 27 books: 4.04/5
Five Star Ratings: 9/27

  • Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
  • After We Fell by Anna Todd (After #3)
  • After Ever Happy by Anna Todd (After #4)
  • Before by Anna Todd (After #5)
  • The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coots
  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
  • I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
  • No Place Like Here by Christina June
  • Left Hanging by Cindy Dorminy
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • By Your Side by Kasie West
  • The Friend Zone by Abby Jiminez
  • Bossman by Vi Keeland
  • The Prenup by Lauren Layne
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  • The Retreat by Sherri Smith
  • Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
  • The Ex by Alafair Burke
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #1)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #2)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #3)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #4)
  • How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
  • On the Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci
  • Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Maybe This Time by Kasie West
  • The Seduction Expert by Saya Lopez Ortega

 

The Prenup by Lauren Layne

Publication Date: July 11, 2019
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Rating: ★★★★★

My name is Charlotte Spencer and, ten years ago, I married my brother’s best friend. I haven’t seen him since.

Charlotte Spencer grew up on the blue-blooded Upper East Side of Manhattan but she never wanted the sit-still-look-pretty future her parents dictated for her. Enter Colin Walsh, her brother’s quiet, brooding, man-bun-sporting best friend, and with him a chance to escape.

He’s far from Charlotte’s dream guy as but they need each other for one thing: marriage. One courthouse wedding later, Charlotte’s inheritance is hers to start a business in San Francisco and Irish-born Colin has a Green Card.

Ten years later, Colin drops a bombshell: the terms of their prenup state that before either can file for divorce, they have to live under the same roof for three months.

Suddenly this match made in practicality is about to take on whole new meaning…

Review:

wow. wow. wow. wow wow wow.

I have not read a book that wasn’t an audiobook in a day in alonnnnnng time. This book deserves all of the love and awards. The Prenup is definitely, wholeheartedly, my favorite book of the year so far.

“Life is short. I just don’t really see the point in wasting any more time than necessary being angry or fearful.” 

To start, what even was this story?! Get married and not see each other for ten years? What!!! I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much is because it’s not a book I really read before. Plus, Lauren Layne wrote such a phenomenal book with the love, angst and detail. I could close my eyes and picture everything she wrote in my head.

Next, I feel like Lauren Layne could write anything on a piece of paper and I would cherish it forever. Her quotes spoke to me and I have never even been close to any situation that she wrote about in this book! When I tell you that this book was written phenomenally, take. my. word. for. it! 

Colin and Charlotte are my favorite characters that I have endured in a book in a very long time. I connected with them so well and hated everyone that gave them trouble. I actually sucked my teeth when there were things going on like I was the one being offended. The development throughout this entire book was fantastic with the characters.

I will recommend this book to anyone. I mean it. Take the time out, put your current book on hold, and read this one until it’s finished. You will thank me, I promise!

June 2019 Reads

Number of Books Read: 19
Avg. Rating of the 19 books: 4.2/5

  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Smut by Karina Halle
  • Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  • Please Send Help (I Hate Everything About You #2) by Gaby Dunn, Allison Raskin
  • The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
  • Drops of Rain (Hale Brothers #1) by Kathryn Andrews
  • Starless Nights (Hale Brothers #2) by Kathryn Andrews
  • Unforgettable Sun (Hale Brothers #3) by Kathryn Andrews
  • Lessons in Love by Belinda Missen
  • Gimme Some Sugar (Sex and Sweet Tea #5) by Juliette Poe
  • Hangry by Lily Kate
  • The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
  • Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
  • My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
  • Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • After (After #1) by Anna Todd
  • After We Collided (After #2) by Anna Todd
  • Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland

Five-Star Rating:

  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Drops of Rain (Hale Brothers #1) by Kathryn Andrews
  • Starless Nights (Hale Brothers #2) by Kathryn Andrews
  • Unforgettable Sun (Hale Brothers #3) by Kathryn Andrews
    • This series was AMAZING!!!
  • Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
  • My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

 

7/19 were five star reads! I would stop what you’re doing and read these seven immediately!! Here’s to hoping July is as full of five-stars as June was!