First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros (13)

Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Socrates Book Reviews (originally created by Vicki at I’d Rather Be At The Beach), in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.  Feel free to join in by posting your own book intro, linking back to the Socrates Book Reviews page and joining the FCFPT linky.


I‘ve been meaning to try Elizabeth Acevedo’s books for ages. Why haven’t I as yet? When I saw yet another fabulous review of With The Fire on High, this time over at The Orangutang Librarian‘s page, I hopped over to Amazon and bought it. I even think the Kindle version was on special too! But, then I listened to the audio clip (the book is narrated by Acevedo herself, who is a slam poetry champion) and I think I may have to fork out some extra dinero. Lol. Anyway, I’m looking forward to this story.


Day One 

Babygirl doesn’t even cry when I suck my teeth and undo her braid for the fourth time. If anything, I’m the one on the verge of tears, since at this rate we’re both going to be late. “Babygirl, I’m sorry. I know it hurts. Mommy just doesn’t want you looking a hot mess.”


From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

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.


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